The National Cable & Telecommunications Association released its final schedule of 2006 National Show general sessions.
The 2006 National Show, the NCTA's 55th Annual Convention and International Exposition, will be held April 9-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The trade group said exhibition-floor sales are tracking ahead of last year's pace, likely topping the 190,500-square-foot exhibit floor at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for last year’s confab.
The NCTA added that pre-registration is also tracking with attendance figures from 2005, saying National Show attendance during the past three years has been in the range of 16,000-17,000.
As for the panels:
• The confab kicks off Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m. (EST) with “Cable: A Great American Success Story.” First, the conference’s co-chairs -- Oxygen Media Inc. chairman, founder and CEO Geraldine Laybourne and Cablevision Systems Corp. chief operating officer Thomas Rutledge -- and NCTA CEO Kyle McSlarrow will welcome delegates, with McSlarrow giving a “state-of-the-industry” address. Then Laybourne will moderate the panel, featuring: John S. Hendricks, chairman, Discovery Communications Inc.; Ralph J. Roberts, chairman of the executive and finance committee, Comcast Corp.; and Malcolm Gladwell, author, The Tipping Point and Blink.
• “View from the Top: Leadership Perspectives” Monday, April 10 at 9:30 a.m., will be moderated by CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo and feature: John Chambers, CEO, Cisco Systems Inc.; Gary Forsee, CEO, Sprint Nextel Corp.; Richard Parsons, chairman and CEO, Time Warner Inc.; Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO, Comcast; Anne M. Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group; and Edward J. Zander, chairman and CEO, Motorola Inc.
• Former Federal Communications Commission chairman William Kennard, now managing director of The Carlyle Group, will moderate “Add Cable and Stir: A Recipe for Business Success” Tuesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. Panelists include: Glenn Britt, CEO, Time Warner Cable; Mark Cuban, president and chairman, HDNet LLC; Patrick Esser, president, Cox Communications Inc.; Rutledge; Tony Vinciquerra, CEO, Fox Networks Group; Michael S. Willner, CEO, Insight Communications Co. Inc.; and David Zaslav, president, NBC Universal Cable.
• The final general-session panel, Tuesday, April 11 at 4 p.m., will be, “Converging on Change: What's In Store … And Who's Behind It.” Cable News Network’s Paula Zahn will moderate, and speakers include: Jeffrey L. Bewkes, chairman, entertainment and network group, Time Warner; and Stephen B. Burke, COO, Comcast.