NAMIC Names Clasen As Chair For 23rd Conference

NAMIC Thursday named Starz, LLC chairman and CEO Robert Clasen as the honorary chair for its 23rd Annual NAMIC Conference in October.

The conference, which focuses on providing the industry effective strategies and practices to meet the business challenges and opportunities of a increasingly diverse marketplace, will run Oct 26-28 in Denver as part of the industry's Cable Connection-Fall week, combining several events in and meetings in a single location.

"We are delighted to have the support of Starz as we transition the conference from its traditional setting in New York City to Denver for the inaugural presentation of Cable Connection-Fall," said NAMIC president Kathy Johnson in a statment. "This is an exciting time for NAMIC as we unite with our fellow industry associations and we are thrilled to have Bob Clasen on-board as honorary chair."

Added Clasen: "Denver is an ideal setting for the NAMIC Conference because its residents and elected leaders exemplify diversity and because it has long been an important center for the cable industry. We at Starz look forward to welcoming NAMIC attendees to our home town and to a vigorous exchange of ideas about the importance of diversity as a key business strategy both on and off the screen."

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.