We are the LA/Orange County chapter of Media Communications Association-international (MCA-I.) Our members gather to help each other in business by networking and offering monthly programs that help us stay at the top of an ever-changing, highly competitive industry. Our regular monthly meetings feature industry experts sharing cutting edge information in technology, creativity, business marketing, etc. As a non-profit association (registered 501(c)3 corporation) of professionals working in every area of the media, our mission is to serve members, the regional media community and society at large through various events, the internet and other initiatives.
The LA/OC Chapter, one of the oldest in the organization, has been a leader with, among other examples, being the first to produce MCAI’s signature event, MediaProCamp. Our respected website, www.mcai-oc.org offers industry news, information and opinion which results in 10,000 average unique hits per month. Our Chapter’s monthly newsletter, the BLAST reaches almost 1,000 professionals across Southern California with a minimum of 22 issues a year.To Contact Our Chapter:
Chapter website: www.mcai-oc.org
To join MCA-I go to our international website: www.mca-i.org
President: Brian Page / Program Committee / International Board Member
A voice actor and owner of Vocal Images for over ten years, Brian performs in commercials, does industrial narrations and more. He is also an audio editor with many years background as a national radio program producer. As a stage actor he has performed in more than 50 productions over the last 15 years and has found time to appear in two films. Being around the theater has led to doing sound design for many productions as well. Brian also serves on the MCAI International Board of Directors starting a two-year term in 2011.
Treasurer: Art Kirsch / Program Committee
Filmmaker Art Kirsch is the founder of OCShowbiz. As well as a producer, he is a business manager, and ardent supporter of the entertainment arts in Orange County. Art serves on various Boards of Directors including: MCAI-OC/LA; Media Alliance of Orange County; and OC Screenwriters Association. He is also active with the OC MultiMedia Association.
Secretary: Marilyn MCLeod
Marilyn McLeod, aka Coach Marilyn, http://www.CoachMarilyn.com is a respected executive business coach, sought after speaker and the author of 11 books. http://amzn.to/MarilynMcLeod Her titles include “Social Media Overview: Stategies For Small Business,” http://amzn.to/cmSocialMediaOverview “Social Media for Beginners” and “Recession or Plenty: 7 Steps to Success in Business and Life.”
Member At Large: Walter Davis
Walter Davis, CEO of Walter Davis Enterprises, http://www.walterdavisenterprises.com/ is a business entrepreneur, new media production and marketing guru and host of talk shows on radio and cable. He has been a popular highlight presenter at our MCAI MediaProCamps and is recognized as a generous teacher. He's made a successful business with the same techniques and tools that he has generously shared at our events.
Member at Large: Anne Ganguzza
Voice Artist, Anne Ganguzza, has recorded for a long list of clients including ad agencies, production companies, corporations and government entities. She is the founder and doyenne of the networking and talent support group, OC VO Peeps. In that capacity Anne also administrates the MCAI-OC/VO Peeps Education Scholarship Fund, which she created. Currently, in between recording sessions Ann travels the Western States as Voice Coach and Producer for Such A Voice http://www.suchavoice.com/ a nationally known training organization.
Webmaster: Grace McKay
Grace is the CEO of Scanbox Television, www.scanbox.tv Scanbox offers professional high definition telecine film transfers from regular8 super8 16mm and 35mm usung DFT Shadow Telecines and DaVinci 2K color correction to ProRes DNxHD AVI, DPX, or any other professional or consumer format, including Blu-Ray and DVD.
Communications: John Coleman
John is the President and Executive Producer of Twin Oaks Communications. www.twinoaks.tv A producer, director, writer and media consultant for over 25 years, he works in all media. Twin Oaks serves businesses’ needs with everything from newsletters and video press releases to web-based marketing and sales support communications, for companies large and small. The company also serves as developer of television programming for syndication, cable and the internet.
Membership: Tina Wilson
Voice over artist Tina Wilson is also a fine vocalist who started singing at 2 years old. She has performed with jazz bands, country music bands, duos and trios and as a soloist with my guitar. Very often she can be found crooning with Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite. Tina feels blessed to have done a wide variety of voiceover work including characters on the documentary, “Voices of a Never Ending Dawn.” Samples of her work can be heard at: www.tinawilsontalent.com
Charity Committee: Curt Byk
A talented Voice Over artist and savvy businessman with many years in advertising. To hone his ability to develop characters for client's projects, Curt performs with an Improv group. He also believes in giving back and recently began volunteering his skills and time to the non profit organization, “Recording For The Blind And Dyslexic.” Samples of his work can be heard at www.curtbyk.com
President Emeritus: Mark Alexander
Mark is a producer, videographer, editor and the major domo of Alexander Video Productions, http://www.alexandervideopro.com AVP produces videos for a wide range of clients including manufacturing and service businesses, scientific and engineering firms, non-profit groups, law enforcement agencies, public safety organizations, documentary film makers and special interest video producers. Mark served as the chapter's Secretary for two years before becoming the president. Mark was also the force behind our 2010 Media Industry Survey.
Our parent organization, Media Communications Association-International, www.mca-i.org is the leading global community for media communications professionals. The association seeks to drive the convergence of communications and technology and provides a global forum for communications professionals to advance the art, craft and business of visual communications. There are over 20 chapters in cities across the US and Canada as well as many members in a virtual chapter all around the world including, New Zealand, Germany and Asia.MCAI Members include: producers; directors; writers; performers; cinematographers; web designers; public relations, advertising and marketing execs, educators and more. Commercial members include equipment and service suppliers and members of allied industries that support visual communications. The organization’s uniqueness, and its greatest strength, lies in its diversity of talent. Members find common ground in their commitment to high-quality and effective visual storytelling.Membership in MCAI offers a number of benefits including access and registration in a powerful searchable worldwide industry database, “Find-A-Pro.” Besides the courtesy of member-to-member discounts, Association members enjoy DISCOUNTS on a long list of both Production and Business services including insurance services, professional training, production tools and audio and video stock footage.MCA-I serves as a vital NETWORK for members to find resources. This network helps members cultivate new business and professional opportunities on the local, national and international levels. The association provides members with MARKETING training and opportunities, and discounts on services they need to do their jobs better, faster and more cost effectively.MCA-I delivers PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT opportunities through local and regional workshops and joint ventures with various conferences and trade shows across the country.MCA-I offers the RECOGNITION that professionals deserve. The centerpiece of the recognition program is the Awards in Media Excellence (or AiME)- formerly known as the Golden Reels. The Awards in Media Excellence recognize excellence in the production of visual communications programs, including associated crafts such as lighting, scripting, editing and sound design.MCA-I was originally founded as ITVA and has been serving media professionals for over 40 years. It is a registered 501(c)3 charity and run by its members. MCA-I accepts charitable donations which are generally tax-deductible by the donor. For more information on the international organization, its benefits and to join MCA-i go to our website at www.mca-i.org
For the second year, the Panasonic Solutions Company is making these iconic events possible. Starting on March 24th with the first event in San Diego, Panasonic is supporting media professionals with its involvement in MCA-I’s MediaProCamp. 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
.This year, 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, www.mcai-oc.org