The Cable Hall of Fame class of 2017 was announced today, and for the first time, the list includes a TV show. The HBO drama series “The Sopranos,” from creator David Chase, is among the six honorees revealed by The Cable Center.
Here’s the full list of inductees:
• Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal
• Jill Campbell, EVP and COO, Cox Communications
• Michael T. Fries, CEO, Liberty Global
• Ken Lowe, Chairman, President and CEO, Scripps Networks Interactive
• “The Sopranos,” television drama series; David Chase, creator; HBO
• David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications
The honorees will be inducted during the 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration, to be held April 26, 2017, in Washington D.C.
“The honorees were chosen based on their leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in media,” The Cable Center said in its announcement. “For the first time, The Cable Center will induct a television series into the Cable Hall of Fame. ‘The Sopranos’ and its creator, Emmy winner David Chase, will be acknowledged for the impact the program had by catapulting HBO and the entire cable community into groundbreaking scripted storytelling.”
Michael Willner, president and CEO of Penthera Partners and chairman of The Cable Center’s Board of Directors, said in the announcement: “This year’s Cable Hall of Fame honorees are truly the best of the best. They are leaders of some of the most influential companies in the world, and have shaped the industry’s operations, programming and our society. We are thrilled to induct our first series into the Cable Hall of Fame as well. ‘The Sopranos’ was the seminal series that proved television was more than the broadcasting networks alone, and we are excited to pay tribute to the impact it had on the growth and success of our industry.”