The Cablefax Leaders Retreat fosters off-the-record discussions that simply can’t be had anywhere else. The Cablefax Leaders Retreat is a private, high-level, off-the-record event scheduled for April 29-30 at Key Largo’s incredible Ocean Reef Club.

It’s the one event this year where you’ll be immersed in peer-to-peer conversations tackling the topics you care about most in a comfortable setting—and on a schedule that allows for networking and breaks so you come back to the office refreshed and invigorated by the future of your business.

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Sunday April 28

  1. 5:30 pm

    Welcome Reception

Monday April 29

  1. 8:30 am - 10:30 am

    Let’s Get It Started: Leadership Amid Consolidation & Audience Fragmentation

    In this welcome session, we’ll set the stage for two days of game-changing discussions vital to the future of the business.

    Amid this era of consolidation, we’ll share strategies to maintain one-on-one consumer connections we’ll discuss how to wow consumers, innovate in an increasingly chaotic arena and inspire creativity at all levels.

    To kick things off, we’ll turn to Comcast Corporation’s David L. Cohen, who will discuss cable’s role in the community and how a commitment to localism can help operators big and small shine. Cohen will discuss how Comcast initiatives, such as Internet Essentials and Comcast Cares Day serve overall business goals as they expand local relationships and customer bonds.

    Then we’ll open it up to the room to share battle stories (and scars) as we debate solutions and strategies and discuss how to organize the corporate culture to compete and partner with content distribution “frenemies.” And where can content owners and distributors work together to better serve consumers

    This discussion will segue to CTAM’s Vicki Lins, who will share exclusive data on how CTAM’s Connected Consumer initiatives shed new light on how the industry brands and portrays itself in the media and across its marketing matrix. As part of the ensuing discussion, participants will discuss the best ways for all sides of the industry to work together toward common goals.

  2. 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Networking Break

  3. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Welcome Brunch

  4. 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Industry Leaders Forum: Turning Over Every Revenue Rock

    Finding new revenue is how the top leaders in this industry ensure a healthy environment where employees and customers can thrive and contribute to the growth of the business.

    But as the conversation between distributors and content owners evolves, it’s clear that macro-economic trends can create challenges even as companies enhance the customer and viewer experience.

    MoffettNathanson’s Craig Moffett will start us off as we delve into the central question about cable’s traditionally core product: What’s the future of video? He’ll dissect the market and give us a sense of where the business is headed—and what kind of strategies may best position different industry sectors for success. 

    And as more content gets peeled away from that traditional bundle and goes direct-to-consumer, we’ll turn to Wolfe Research’s Marci Ryvicker to give us a sense of how the vast and sweeping changes to the business model is affecting distributors, programmers and even the technology sector as relationships evolve and revenue models shift in line with consumer trends.

    Learn from your peers, share your own success stories and pow-wow with the best and brightest to uncover new business opportunities, platforms and partnerships.


  5. 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Break Before Activities

  6. 2:00 pm

    Afternoon Networking Activities

    You have the option of either playing golf, kayaking, Everglades Alligator Farm Visit or a Glass Bottom Boat Ride on Monday, April 29, 2019.  When registering, please indicate which activity you would like to participate in.

    Option 1: Eco-Kayak Tour:
    This laid-back Eco-Kayak trip begins from Buccaneer Island and will take you through mangroves, past bird rookeries and leave you speechless as you can see clearly to the bottom of the sea floor.   The Naturalist will provide information on the reef, sea life and the history of the Keys and the Ocean Reef Club.

    Option 2: Everglades Alligator Farm Visit:
    Visit South Florida's oldest alligator farm. Everglades Alligator Farm contains more than 2000 alligators. The excursion includes and exciting airboat tour, alligator show, snake show and alligator demonstration. The visit is finished with a trip to the famous Robert is Here fruit stand for a sweet and refreshing treat.

    Option 3: Glass Bottom Boat Ride:
    Enjoy a unique glimpse into the serene undersea world in style and comfort. While taking the Glass Bottom Boat tour through John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary you will be able to see the beautiful variety of tropical vegetation, shore birds and marine life. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks offer visitors a unique and interesting experience, it is the coral formations and associated marine life that most park visitors come to enjoy.

    Option 4: Golfing:
    As golf clubs go, Ocean Reef Club’s traditions go back more than half-a-century to 1955, when the first 9-hole course opened. Today the Club boasts two 18-hole courses, a rarity in the Florida Keys – even among standard golf clubs. 
    Although the Hammock Course and the Dolphin Course offer distinctly different tests of golf, both feature scenic vistas and an enjoyable challenge for players of all levels. 

    Book Your Room:  Cablefax has reserved a room block for the Retreat.  Reserve your room by April 11 online at: https://book.passkey.com/go/Cablefax2019.
  7. 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

    R&R: Relax & Refresh

  8. 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm

    Cocktail Reception

  9. 8:00 pm

    Beachside Dinner

Tuesday April 30

  1. 6:15 am

    Sunrise Walk (optional)

    What better way to wake up then a crisp walk along the beach to take in the sights, smells and sounds of the beautiful setting of the Ocean Reef Club at Key Largo.

  2. 8:00 am - 9:00 am


  3. 9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Industry Leaders Forum: How Blockchain & AI Change Everything in Media

    During our 2018 Retreat, senior leaders agreed that Blockchain could vastly change the business in unpredictable ways. But what exactly is Blockchain, how does it work—and what does it have to do with TV, broadband and consumer entertainment?

    First, we’ll ask Adventure Corp.’s Michael Hoydich to walk us through Blockchain-based “tokens” and other ways that the technology could generate several new revenue streams for distributors, programmers, content producers and other entertainment sectors. You won’t want to miss this one as we open it up to the room and dive headfirst into this intriguing (and sometimes confusing) world best known for driving cryptocurrency—but fast becoming so much more.

    But as everything from Blockchain to Virtual Reality waxes and wanes in the public consciousness, savvy leaders often must pivot on a dime to ensure they can fully exploit business opportunities. That’s why we’ll check in with Alcacruz’s Emily Ward, whose has evolved into serving the hot sports and eSports markets. Then we’ll share strategies on how to stay nimble in such a fast-evolving marketplace—no matter what sector of the business involved.

    After that discussion, we’ll turn to IBM's Michael Clanton to give us an update on the most important technology developments around how artificial intelligence could help revolutionize the services that operators and programmers provide to customers. From telemedicine to new entertainment options, the future looks exceedingly bright despite challenges around competition and consolidation.

    We’ll open it up to the room to discuss ways that top executives are exploiting these fundamental shifts, firing up the rank and file to integrate these new innovations into products and services, and making high-level strategic moves to pull well ahead of the competition.

    And we’ll share success stories from those who have already implemented strategies, as well as brainstorm ways companies can apply what works to different corporate environments.

  4. 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    Networking Break

  5. 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Industry Leaders Forum: Seizing the Future, Learning from the Past

    We’ll examine how industry leaders are prioritizing strategies with a laser-focus on both short-term and long-term opportunities and threats.

    Of course, it’s impossible to properly assess those opportunities without understanding the current playing field—made even more tenuous as we head into primary season and what’s sure to be a contentious Presidential election next year.

    Because Congress, the FCC and other agencies affecting cable and broadband don’t operate in a vacuum, we’ll turn to NCTA’s Dane Snowden and ACA’s Matt Polka to give us a sense of how priorities in Washington are shifting as the political season heats up. What can we learn from the last two years of a new Administration and its priorities?

    We’ll discuss how to apply that knowledge to better navigate every nook and cranny of Washington policy and ultimately help our businesses thrive, tackling how different sectors of cable & broadband can work together to apply pressure on policymakers—or perhaps even just get out of each other’s way.

    In addition to policy talk, we’ll handicap several industry changes in 2019 and beyond and share experiences to forge a strategic vision that could generate new businesses and partnerships.

  6. 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


  7. 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Industry Leaders Forum It’s a Wrap... Now What Can We Take Back to the Office?

    In this final roundtable, we’ll discuss overall takeaways from the last two days of discussions—and we’ll brainstorm key actions that senior executives must take today to ensure a robust and growth-oriented strategy going forward

  8. 3:00 pm

    Final Toast and Good-byes



  • Individual

    Valid until
    April 30, 2019

Would you like to bring your Spouse/Partner?

  • Regular

    Valid until
    April 30, 2019

   Pricing includes all meals and networking activities.


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Contact: Olivia Murray at omurray@accessintel.com or 301.354.2010.

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Reserve Your Seat


Ocean Reef Club

201 Ocean Reef Dr
Key Largo, FL 33037


Secluded at the north end of Key Largo, Ocean Reef is a refuge from the clamor and demands of the world beyond our boundaries, the place where we come whenever we can to relax and be ourselves. Surrounded by the ocean on 3 sides and situated on 3000 extraordinarily landscaped acres.  Experience the glory of the sunrise, the magic of the azure sea while networking with industry leaders. A remarkable combination of an ideal private location, luxury accommodations, impeccable service, and unsurpassed amenities is tucked away in the Florida Keys, an intimate retreat flawlessly blending work with play.

Cablefax has blocked rooms at a group rate of $319 per night. Book online at: https://book.passkey.com/go/Cablefax2019

Tipping Policy
The Ocean Reef Club has a no cash tipping policy, our associates are trained not to accept cash tips. A Daily Service Charge of $15.00 per room, per day ($25.00 for two-bedroom and larger accommodations) added to your room includes gratuities paid to Bellmen, Housekeepers, Pool Attendants and Van Drivers for on-property transportation.

Miami International Airport (MIA) is 60-75min. from Ocean Reef Club (55 miles)

Ocean Reef Club Private Airport – The airport at Ocean Reef is one of the Club’s prime amenities. Download Quick Reference Guide for details. For more information, please call 305.367.3690.

Please make your airline reservations ASAP. Cablefax is arranging three shuttles from Miami International Airport on Sunday, April 28. Times are TBD based on participants expected arrival times.

Car Rental: Ocean Reef has a partnership with Enterprise.

Important: Taxi/Uber/Lyft drivers are not allowed on property. If you don’t utilize the Cablefax shuttles, you will need to rent a car or use a car service.



For registration questions, contact Mary-Lou French at mfrench@accessintel.com or 301.354.1851.


For sponsorship information, contact Account Executive Olivia Murray at omurray@accessintel.com or 301.354.2010.


For programming information, contact Publisher Mike Grebb at mgrebb@accessintel.com.