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KNOXVILLE -– A lecture series that features some of the nation’s top cable executives is bringing two Scripps Networks leaders to the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee.

The Cable Mavericks Lecture Series, sponsored by The Cable Center, will bring Doug Hurst and Annette Brun to campus on Tuesday, March 4. Hurst is senior vice president and general manager of non-linear distribution at Scripps Networks; Brun is vice president of marketing at HGTV.

The Cable Center is a nonprofit organization based in Denver that provides education and information about the cable telecommunications industry to the educational community, the cable industry and the public. The Cable Mavericks Lecture Series was developed in 2005.

Hurst and Brun will speak to journalism and electronic media classes about marketing and brand strategy as well as career opportunities available in the cable telecommunications industry.

The pair also will attend an afternoon reception set for 2:30-4 p.m. in the third-floor lobby of UT’s Communications Building. The reception is open to the public.

The lecture series is The Cable Center’s signature program. It brings an elite group of cable executives from marketing, operations, strategy and development to college campuses around the nation to expose students to the dynamic and transforming industry. The series serves as a direct channel in educating and encouraging students who will become tomorrow’s business leaders to explore the cable and telecommunications industry.

“Our Cable Mavericks inspire students across the nation with the entrepreneurial spirit that defines our industry and introduces them to many intriguing career opportunities,” said Jana Henthorn, senior vice president of programs and education at The Cable Center. “The Cable Mavericks Lecture Series continues to be one of The Cable Center’s most popular programs, and we are proud to present this tremendous lineup of cable leaders this spring.”

For more information about The Cable Center, see http://www.cablecenter.org.


Sam Swan, (865) 974-5123, samswan@utk.edu

Joanne Dant, October Strategies for The Cable Center, (303) 346-5527, info@octoberstrategies.com