Hope you didn’t miss yesterday’s "Cable Cares" duties… well worth it (and fun… thanks to Sportsman Channel‘s after-work party celebrating Hunt.Fish.Feed!).
Thanks to all the participants and sponsors! We did some (a little) good.
Glad to be back in New Orleans!
Today (Sunday): So, pick up your badge! After breakfast at Brennan’s maybe? I’ve got a Cable TV Pioneer’s Board meeting this morning and a black tie dinner tonight inducting 26 new members—including friends Bridget Baker, Greg Bicket, Paul Braun, Jim Carlson, Dave Fellows, Dan Mulvenon, Steve Nelson and John Pascarelli.
The opening General Session (GS) @ 1:30pm features Brian Roberts, Peter Chernin, Paul Otellini and Yoshi Yamada on a panel moderated by former FCC chmn William Kennard (just so it ain’t Heedless or that Martian!).
Show floor opens immediately after. You should check out our (that is whereishd.com, which just added cable VOD listing, and adgorilla) press conference at 3:30 pm (and our booth: #738).
There’s a media reception (friendly, I’m promised) by the NCTA at 6 pm in the Convention Center, 2nd Floor.
Monday: Wake up! This morning’s NAMIC breakfast is at 7:15! The show floor opens at 10. There’s an invitation only public policy luncheon today and tomorrow (check out CableFAX Dailyfor updates).
At a minimum, Glenn Britt, Scott McNealy and Debra Lee will show up for the afternoon’s GS @ 4:30.
VERY busy evening:
— Invitation-only gigs include a Viacom dinner, "The Blind Boys of Alabama" (great group) performing for The Gospel Channel.
— The annual Chairman’s Reception featuring a grinning Decker Anstrom (don’t be a dolt and ask him how much he’ll get out of the sale!).
— A Tennis Channel gig at a cool gallery.
— A Lifetime dinner.
— And one of my annual favorites at the Windsor Court with RBC Daniels.
— There are a thousand or so good restaurants to haunt.
Tuesday: Try to wake up… maybe hit Cafe du Monde?
— A morning GS today @ 9:30 with Pat Esser (or his clone), David Verklin, Tony Vinciquerra and a favorite of ours, moderator Craig Moffett.
— Floor opens at 11… so place a few orders, will ya?
— The Vanguard Awards commence a few minutes after 4:15 with others of our personal favorites joining us with these cute mementoes: Matt Blank, Anne Sweeney, Ken Lowe, Steve Brookstein, Mike Pohl and Sam Howe… Vanguards also to Carol Melton, Paul Allen and Bret Perkins.
— And "The Battle of the Bands"… great way to end the show. It starts about 8 with stage naming rights to Motorola and Cisco. The silent auction—with autographed guitars and more—should be fun. The band battle itself might lead to a laugh or two, and a gasp at how good some of these guys are! All proceeds to Cable Cares!
Wednesday: Don’t miss your flight home!