Meet the decision-makers who negotiate with TV networks and programmers seeking carriage on their cable systems and advanced video platforms for an inside look at the challenges and opportunities for video content — in a world where YouTube, the iPod and video-streaming cellphones are changing all the rules — in CableWorld‘s 3-part series on Cable’s Content Gatekeepers:

PART 1 – April 16, 2007 »

Part I examines how cable’s content buyers are dealing with rising costs, online and mobile content and navigation issues as more eyeballs migrate from TV, featuring:

• Patty McCaskill, SVP of programming, Suddenlink Communications
• Cathy Fogler, VP of video programming and product management, Charter Communications
• Greg Rigdon, VP of video programming and product management, Charter Communications
• Jeff Abbas, president and CEO, National Cable Television Cooperative
• Rob Jacobson, president and CEO, In Demand Networks


PART 2 – June 18, 2007 »

Part II looks at how cable’s content buyers are using technology to deal with bandwidth issues and have made HD VOD a top priority.

• Peter Stern, EVP of product management, Time Warner Cable
• Mike LaJoie, EVP and CTO, Time Warner Cable
• Patty McCaskill, SVP of programming, Suddenlink Communications
• Cathy Fogler, VP of video programming and product management, Charter Communications
• Greg Rigdon, VP of video programming and product management, Charter Communications
• Marwan Fawaz, EVP and CTO, Charter Communications

PART 3 – August 27, 2007 »

The finale of our three-part series examines Time Warner Cable’s plans to compete by generating revenue using VOD and SVOD content and advertising, featuring:

• Melinda Witmer, chief programming officer, Time Warner Cable
• Joan Gillman, president, Time Warner Cable Media Sales
• Bob Benya, SVP of On Demand and ITV product management, Time Warner Cable

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