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Document Details


Title: Gail Sermersheim
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Cable Center. Barco Library. Special Collections
Collection: Cable Center Oral History Collection
Description: Gail Sermersheim played key roles in both the operating and programming areas, was a founder of the Cable Television Administration & Marketing Society (CTAM) and Women in Cable (WIC). She was among a handful of women to play a major role in the development of the cable industry as it grew rapidly in the last half of the 20th century. Sermersheim's parents managed a cable system in Jasper, IN, owned by a company called Telesis. When she graduated from Indiana University in 1968 she took a job with Telesis first handling door-to-door sales and later with overall marketing responsibility. In 1978 she was hired by Home Box Office and opened its regional affiliate sales office for the southeast, first based in Palm Beach, FL, and later moved to Atlanta. In her oral history, Sermersheim recalls some of the challenges facing cable systems in the 1970s, the explosive growth of HBO during the next two decades, the founding of CTAM and WIC and the challenges facing women as they moved into leadership positions in the business. She also offers some predictions about the future of cable and advice to young people, particularly women, thinking about a career in the industry.
URL: http://www.cablecenter.org/education/library/oralHistoryDetails.cfm?id=167
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1999 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Sermersheim, Gail F.
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: General manager; Vice president
Document location: Denver, CO
Document date: 27-Jul-1999
Interviewer: Keller, Jim
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Broadcasting; Cable television--United States; North America; Oral history; Public broadcasting; Television; Television programs; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Cable administrators
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022844-24259