Top dogs open NCTA
The June 9 Opening General Session of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s 52nd annual National Show will be headlined by Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect, Microsoft Corp.; Mel Karmazin, president and chief operating officer, Viacom; Richard Parsons, CEO and chairman-elect, AOL Time Warner; and Brian Roberts, CEO and president, Comcast Corp. The confab is scheduled to run June 8 to 11 at McCormick Place in Chicago. TelevisionWeek’s complete coverage begins in next week’s edition.
Fox’s Berman Gets Lucy
Fox Broadcasting Entertainment President Gail Berman; Sheila Nevins, HBO executive VP, original programming; actress Stockard Channing; and comedienne-writer-producer Lily Tomlin will be honored with Lucy Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles today, when Women in Film presents its Crystal and Lucy Awards dinner. The Lucy Awards were founded in 1994 by Joanna Kerns, Bonny Dore and Loreen Arbus and are presented in association with the Lucille Ball Estate. They are given to recognize women and men who exemplify the extraordinary accomplishments she embodied and whose excellence and innovation have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. The Crystal Awards were established in 1977 to honor outstanding women who have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. The Women in Film organization will mark its 30th anniversary with the dinner.
Honoring Ralph Roberts
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will present Comcast founder and Chairman Ralph Roberts its Trustee Award at the organization’s Trustees’ Award Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington Thursday.