Next MCA-I Meeting Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

Making An Impact With Mitsubishi's Video Wall

You've seen those giant video displays—at events, tradeshows and conventions—some as high as 25 feet! Now, find out how they work and how you can use them for your media business as MCAI takes you inside Mitsubishi's Video Wall. Thanks to Jerry Ganguzza and Mitsubishi Electric Visual and Imaging Systems we'll get the inside scoop on both technology and application.

Don't miss this special event. Space is limited. Note the date and time are different from our usual third-Wednesday-of-the-month gathering, so RSVP today! This meeting is FREE to all.. It is a special after-hours courtesy for MCAI so don't be late. Doors close at 6:30 PM Sharp!


Meet New Member Manny Pacheco

TV and radio personality and author Manny Pacheco recently joined MCA-i. "I don't know what took me so long to join, really. I've known about the advantages of membership in the organization for a long time and been friends with many of the members," Pacheco said. Most recently Manny has enjoyed growing acclaim for his Forgotten Hollywood Book Series, which is now …



VO Peeps Scholarship Funds Reaches $16,700!

What began as an entrepreneurial vision of one girl, Anne Ganguzza, VO PEEPS CREATOR and FOUNDER of the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund, has now evolved into one of the most exciting and PLUGGED IN places to be for the Voice Over Community! The rapid growth of the popular global networking group since its inception in 2009, led Anne to seek ways in which to give back to the community. She approached MCA-i as a fiscal sponsor and the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund was born.

The fund, established in January of 2012, is an MCAI-OC sponsored nonprofit 501(c)3 fund dedicated to providing both need-based and merit-based scholarships to qualified members of the voiceover community. You don't have to be a VO artist to donate! In fact, the success of the fund has been partly because so many in the media want to help...and of course because of the efforts of Anne Ganguzza! To date, more than $16,700.00 worth of scholarship and aide to the VoiceOver community has been donated, and Anne continues to grow the excitement and drive the VO Community to what it does best, and that’s GIVING BACK!  The spirit of giving back is inevitable in every community, and when you look at the many blessings that have been bestowed  upon the VO Peeps Community through the Scholarship Fund, you can't help but recognize it’s generosity!

Listen to what some of our Scholarship winners had to say:


Coming in June & July 2014

Mark your calendar now for two great MCA-I annual events!

Saturday, June 14 is our legendary MediaProCamp. It's a concentrated series of roundtable discussions and seminars with media professionals from every specialty sharing ideas, techniques and solutions. It's powerful and it's FREE, courtesy of MCA-I and our sponsors like Panasonic. Jump start your career and your business, meet new collaborators and possibly your next client at MCAI's MediaProCamp.

Wednesday evening July 9th is MCA-I's annual All-Media Pro BBQ, held in conjunction with PVN. Every year has seen more folks join us from every area of the media business. It’s a great way to kick back and get together with friends --Old and New.

What Members Are Doing

Walter Davis: Serial Communicator

As our Chapter President, you'd think Walter Davis would be a pretty busy guy—and you'd be right. But no one kows exactly HOW busy! Besides running a couple of media businesses, Walter has been a TV and Radio host for a number of years. Because he believes in using his skills to be a positive force in the world, his Citizens Internet Radio Network, as well as many of his TV shows, often showcase stories focused on human rights and social justice. He also uses it as a media forum to expose MCA-I to millions of listeners. Some of Walter's individual shows have reached as many as 20,000 listeners.

You'll find the shows contain fascinating perspectives and important information—often facts that are not widely talked about! For example, during February 2014, the Citizens' Internet Radio Network will be presenting a series of radio shows highlighting holistic health, parental rights, cancer prevention and many other topics. But take a listen to past shows (still available in archives) and you'll get an idea of how broad Walter's interests are. These webcasts are supported by a number of sponsors and Walter constantly seeks more as he encourages listeners to support them. Shows are available world wide and can be accessed via computer or phone. Archived versions are available immediately after broadcast. We suggest you liosten in and share with family, friends and associates.

HOOP Foundation Needs Mentors, Cameras & Equipment

Bryan C. Jones, one of the founders of non-profit HOOP Foundation (“Holistic Offerings & Opportunity for People.”) has asked the MCAI Media Community for help finding volunteers to teach kids video and broadcasting with an emphasis on sports. They also need any equipment you can donate--as long as it's working. The idea is simple: kids love sports. What better avenue to capture their attention and teach them about media while keeping them off the streets. You'll be working with kids at Locke High School helping youngsters learn how to cover sports for broadcast, video, webcasting and more


Social Media Facts You Need To Know In 2014

There's a video you need to see. It's posted on YouTube by noted Social Media Mentor and MCA-i chapter president, Walter Davis. Besides being a producer, TV and radio host and internet entrepreneur, Walter has captivated audiences at MCA-i's MediaProCamp with extremely useful lessons in social media and making money on the web. The title of this aprox 15 minute video is all you need to know before viewing.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW Social Media Facts You Need To Know In 2014

Need a Last Minute Tax Deduction? Use MCA-i!

Looking for a last minute charitable donation to help you with your 2013 taxes? Then consider donating a few dollars to MCA-I. MCA-I is a 501c3 non-profit association, so any contributions you make are tax deductible!   You can give a general donation to help keep the association moving forward, or you could designate your donation to the G. Warren Scholarship Fund. Either way it's tax deductable!
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Brad Hagen Awarded Shining Star by MCA-i

The LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i has awarded long time member, Brad Hagen, the Shining Star to recognize his service to the organization and the OC Media Community. Presented by the chapter's president-elect Art Kirsch, the award also notes Hagen's "dedication to upholding the highest standards of business, creativity and friendship." Brad is the founder and owner (he often lists himself as Chief Troublemaker) of Video Resorces Inc, which has been a leader in media production in Orange County for many years. Under Brad's leadership VRI provides a variety of production services, animation, and equipment rentals. With a second office in Boston, Brad and his team bring their diverse experience to create engaging and effective events for business throughout the world.

Pictured Here: Representing the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i, Art Kirsch (L) presents the Shining Star Award to Brad Hagen (R)

Meeting Review: Jan 15th 2014

It was a full house at the OC Sound Stage for the LA/OC Chapter's "Audio! Audio! Audio!" presentation at the first meeting of 2014. As often happens, many people who did not RSVP via the chapter's meetup site showed up, so food was in short supply…but participation was not. The seats were filled with media pros from every area--audio, video, performers, etc.

After short opening comments from the three experts on the panel (on professional audio pet peeves,) MC John Coleman of Twin Oaks Communications, made it clear that the experience and wisdom of the audience was to be part of the process. As a result, the great commentary from panelists, Tim Keenan, Chief Engineer at Creative Media Recording; Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite; and Brian Page of Vocal Images, was reinforced and expanded upon by real-life stories from the audience. Along with some really intelligent questions from the observing pros the evening was one of good-natured collaboration. Someone likened it to the vibe at MCAI's annual MediaProCamp held each June.


Members In The News: Tina Wilson

Vocalist and VO Artist Tina Wilson, a long-time member and a past president of the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i, made the local paper. The OC register caught Tina in action while performing at a fundraiser for the Young Singers of Orange County, held at Chapman University. Among her busy schedule of performaing and being an in-demand VO professional, Tina always finds time to help others—whether its volunteering at a fundraiser or serving on the board of a non-profit professional organization like MCA-i. We're glad she got recognized! You can hear more of Tina on her website: ...And thanks to the Orange County Register!

Your Input is Needed!

MCAI is making plans for next year and we need your suggestions! What program topics or speakers do you need more info on? What can we present at our monthly meetings that will help you in your media business and career? Have you been to MCAI's MediaProCamp? What can we do differently to make it better?

Let us know how were doing. And as Jerry Maguire would say, help us help you! Email your comments, ideas and suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks!

The LA/OC Chapter is part of the Media Communications Association-international, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to helping our members in business and serving the professional media community as well as the community at large.

MCAI-VO Peeps Scholarship Fund Gives More Grants in 4Q 2013!

Thanks to the generosity of professionals in the media industry, our joint scholarship fund with the VO Peeps raised close to $1,000 in October. More importantly the non-profit charity fund administered by our MCA-I chapter was able to make a number of grants to deserving VO professionals.


Brad Hagen Recovering from Brain Surgery

Long-time MCAI member Brad Hagen, (he joined when it was the old ITVA) and OC media industry leader (he's a past president of the Media Alliance) is now home, recovering from recent surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor. Brad, who started Video Resources Inc. in 1979 and built it into a major production company with offices in Santa Ana and Boston, is known for his generous and fun personality as well as for being a creative producer and successful businessman. As you can imagine, dealing with the shock of finding a tumor and the surgery has been difficult for both him and his family— as well as his extnded family at VRI. Your good wishes, support and prayers will be appreciated. His wife, Tracy, has started a journal online at the Caring Bridge website which allows you post messages and donate as as well as see recent photos and get updates on Brad's progress.


Meet MCA-I Member Jean M. Davis

Jean Marie Davis has been an entertainer for as long as she can remember; participating in choirs, performing on stage and singing with local bands. So you won't be surprised to know that three years ago she became a talkshow producer and more recently her own on-camera host. It was a natural progression for the affable Davis.


Member Profile: Frank Holguin

A Communication professional, Frank Holguin, has been in the industry since 1980. "I joined MCA-I because of the quality of the professionals it attracts," he said. "And because more and more of my work is centered in and around the Orange County market, networking with these pro’s is important to me. " Since 2002, Frank Holguin and Associates, A Communications & Entertainment Company, has operated from both the Orange County and Palm Springs areas serving a wide variety of clients: corporations, foundations, nonprofits, the outdoors/sporting industry, individual businesses and entertainment talent. Frank and his team help get client's information and message points to their specifically targeted media outlets and audiences.

Frank's broad communications background has made him sought-out by clients. Having done everything from radio DJ and VO announcer to producing live events to film/video/digital production, advertising and marketing director.


Encore Directory is Back! Discount for MCA-I Members!

Encore Directory, the premier “find-everything-and-everybody” tool for working media pros in OC and San Diego since 1998 is back in publication as an all-online service. Now, paid-up members of MCA-I can get a special discount: Buy any ad and get a “Featured Listing,” FREE!


MCA-i Member Benefit: Production Insurance

No matter how small your media business, you need the protection of a good insurance package. MCAI has partnered with Buell Insurance to provide members with insurance packages customized for the entertainment and media production industry.

Buell works with CNA, one of the most trusted names in the business. Policies are competitively priced, and Buell offers prompt response to your insurance questions. A quote can be provided usually within 48 hours of submitting an easy on-line application. If you are a member of MCAI check out the production insurance link here. If not, Join MCAI now! 

New MCA-i Member Benefit: Health Insurance!

MCA-i has partnered with Association Health Programs to bring members an exclusive health program.  Due to this relationship, MCA-I is pooled with over 300 national associations (2.5 million members), which allows us the opportunity to provide A-rated insurance companies, knowledge of products, rate stability, buying power, and hands on service otherwise not available.





Panasonic Sponsored All MCA-i MediaProCamps for Three Years!

panasonic-logo-190 Thanks to The Panasonic Solutions Company for making the annual MCA-i MediaProCamp events possible. The popularity of the event has grown the series to a total of six this year.

Previously, Panasonic has given attendees sneak previews of new products such as the groundbreaking AG-3DP1, a 3D integrated twin-lens P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder, and the Panasonic AG-AF100 featuring a large 4/3-inch, 16:9 MOS imager with an imaging area just slightly smaller than 35mm cinema film. We can't wait to see what they will unveil tis year!

.In 2014, MediaProCamp Events will be held in San Diego, Orange County, St Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, and Central Carolina, reaching ever more media pros. For more on MCA-i's MediaProCamp go to the pulldodwn menue on the front page of our Chapters website,