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B&C 2007 Hall of Fame

7/12/2007 03:47:00 AM Eastern

Each year, Broadcasting & Cable celebrates the power of television by honoring the best of the best. In a ceremony held Monday, October 22, at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan, B&C welcomed 13 new inductees into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. The members of the 2007 class have brought electronic media to new heights through their drive, vision, leadership and all-around talent. Scroll down to learn more about this year's inductees, watch video of the event and browse our Hall of Fame photo galleries.
    Frank A. Bennack Jr.
    During a 23-year tenure as president and CEO of Hearst Corp., Frank Bennack Jr. helped transform a company best known for its roots in publishing into a force in the TV business. Under Bennack's watch, Hearst added significant holdings in local broadcast and cable, including stakes in Lifetime, A&E and ESPN, which are hallmarks of his career.
    Mark Burnett
    Boldly moving from innovator to “survivor,” he is the most original programmer in reality TV. Twenty-five years after working as a nanny and peddling T-shirts on California's Venice Beach when he first came to the United States from England, Mark Burnett is well aware of how lucky he is.
    Bill Cella
    Bill Cella's accomplishments in the media business—culminating in his current position as chairman/CEO of media buying powerhouse Magna Global Worldwide—were partly due to a pushy aunt. After graduating from college in 1973, a love of literature fueled the bearded English major's desire to pursue a career as a writer.
    Rocco Commisso
    Rocco Commisso's story is an American classic. At the age of 12, he immigrated to this country with his family from Italy and became a success through determination, an entrepreneurial spirit and some breaks along the way. “I recognized the opportunities this country has given me,” says Commisso, the outspoken founder and CEO of cable operator Mediacom.
    Brian France
    It is one of the most thrilling sights in sports television: 43 stock cars bunched together, racing nearly 200 mph, climbing up the massive 31-degree banked turn at Daytona International Speedway and heading back down for another lap. The swift spectacle goes on every February in Nascar's signature race, the Daytona 500.
    Harry Friedman
    As each weekday slopes into evening, and we return home from work and settle in with family, America's thoughts turn to Harry Friedman.
    Charles Gibson
    Slow and steady wins the race” is an adage that wouldn't seem to hold much currency in the world of television news. For Charles Gibson, it's been the signature of an exceptional broadcasting career. After a 40-year climb, Gibson is on top.
    Bonnie Hammer
    One could learn a lesson from Bonnie Hammer—if you want to keep moving, keep pushing yourself. The USA/Sci Fi president has made it to the top of the cable industry through empathic leadership, creative vision and, most importantly, a personal drive to seek new challenges, especially if they're just a little out of reach.
    Phil Kent
    As the top executive of Turner Broadcasting, Phil Kent is leading the programming giant into a complicated future. With dozens of cable networks, a host of Websites and more than 9,000 employees worldwide under his purview, Kent says his goal is to make Turner a top player in every category, including television, online and future businesses.
    Judy McGrath
    Rain fell from the inky skies over Manhattan just as Judy McGrath was racing for the Diplomat Hotel for the New Year's Eve Rock & Roll Ball. Anxious, she managed to get inside just as the doors were shutting on one of the biggest parties of the year.
    Paul McTear
    Paul McTear, at this point in October, is in the midst of doing what he does best: building a television station. While the Raycom chief executive is also tackling bigger-picture issues like shaping Raycom’s digital strategy, contemplating acquisitions, and figuring out how best to grab the lion’s share of advertising revenue from the presidential hopefuls, McTear finds himself dabbling in the most elemental aspects of the broadcasting business these days: ordering steel for a broadcast tower, working out affiliation agreements, adding station staff.
    Joe Uva
    Joe Uva admits he only speaks “un pocito,” as he puts it. But, he adds, “I'm getting better. I can order coffee.” Uva's Spanish imposition began in April when he became president of the new Univision, the top-rated Spanish-language network. The channel plays all day long (with subtitles) on the television in his office.

17th Annual B&C Hall of Fame Awards

Click Here to View a Replay of the NYCTV Broadcast

Hall of Fame Event Gallery

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Remembering John Higgins

Click Here for a Video Tribute

Click to View a Digital Edition of the Hall of Fame Special Report

Click here to view last year's Hall of Fame inductees.
A portion of proceeds from the Hall of Fame gala will benefit the Broadcasters Foundation of America and Cable Positive.
For more information on the event click here.


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