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On the cover

Oct 28, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Our cover is based on one of the most essential days in the history of HBO-and TV itself. On Oct. 1, 1975, HBO broadcast live via satellite the Thrilla in Manilla-the heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Using a transponder on the RCA Satcom satellite, it ushered in a new era for TV. HBO President Jerry Levin was at a Holiday Inn near Vero Beach, Fla., watching HBO with a bunch of cable operators when the fight started.
Here’s the account of what happened recounted by the Cable Center in Denver: “Levin realized right away that satellites could transform the television industry, ending the dominance of the three broadcast networks and opening up the possibility of scores of new networks, which cable could deliver.”
On our cover are a number of personalities associated with HBO over the past 30 years.
Left to right, top row: Former HBO Chairman Michael Fuchs, boxer Oscar de la Hoya, former HBO Chairman Gerald Levin, HBO Senior VP of Original Programming Anne Thomopoulos, Former HBO Chairman Frank Biondi, HBO Films President Colin Callender, “Six Feet Under” actress Frances Conroy.
Left to right, second row: former HBO Sports President Seth Abraham, former HBO Chairman Jeff Bewkes, “Oz” actor Eamonn Walker, HBO Senior VP of Corporate Communications Quentin Schaffer, Def Jam’s Russell Simmons.
Left to right, third row: HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg, HBO Executive VP of Original Programming Sheila Nevins, HBO Executive VP of Marketing Eric Kessler, HBO Executive VP for Original Programming Carolyn Strauss.
Left to right, bottom row: HBO Founder Charles Dolan, former HBO Senior VP, Consumer Marketing Matthew Blank, former HBO Senior VP for Original Programming Bridget Potter.