WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) announced today that Mary Carillo, an award-winning Olympic Correspondent and Tennis Analyst for NBC, will host the 2016 Signature Luncheon, to be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA. The event will take place on Monday, May 16, in conjunction with NCTA’s Internet and Television Expo (INTX).
Rio marks Carillo’s 13th Olympic assignment overall and 10th for NBC. She has spent nearly three weeks traversing Brazil to film her travelogues, which have been a fundamental part of introducing the people, culture, and history of the host country and city to the U.S. television audience since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Carillo also served as a correspondent for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and was the host and interviewer for a primetime 20-year retrospective documentary on Olympic figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. She was late night host and correspondent at the 2012 London Olympics, 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
She has worked as a tennis analyst since 1980, including NBC’s and USA Network’s Grand Slam coverage since 2003. Carillo first triumphed in the world of professional tennis, winning the 1977 French Open mixed-doubles title in partnership with childhood-friend John McEnroe. Carillo has received two coveted Peabody Awards, one of television’s highest honors, one for work on the HBO documentary Billie Jean King, Portrait of a Pioneer and the other for co-writing with Frank DeFord the HBO documentary Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sport.
"We are thrilled to welcome Mary as host of the WICT Signature Luncheon," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. "Through her work, Mary serves as a powerful voice in sports. In addition to being an accomplished athlete, she is a trailblazer for women in sports journalism. We are thrilled she is joining WICT as we recognize our own trailblazers for their gender diversity and inclusion efforts."
The WICT Signature Luncheon will honor the 2015 PAR Best Companies for Women in Cable, including:
The 2015 Best Operators:
1) Cox Communications
3) Time Warner Cable
4) Bright House Networks
5) Atlantic Broadband
The 2015 Best Programmers:
1) Discovery Communications
2) Disney ABC Television Group
More information about the 2016 WICT Signature Luncheon and details about table reservations and individual tickets may be found online at http://www.wictsignatureluncheon.com.
WICT proudly recognizes Comcast NBCUniversal as the Premier Sponsor of the 2016 WICT Signature Luncheon, as well as Champion Sponsors Accenture and Neustar, Inc.
For over thirty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in cable media. Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner and Suddenlink Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.