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 MCA-i’s signature event, MediaProCamp. Our respected website, www.mcai-oc.org offers industry news, information and opinion which results in an average of 10,000 unique hits per month. Our Chapter’s monthly newsletter, the BLAST reaches almost 1,000 professionals across Southern California with a minimum of 20 issues a year. We also run a Meetup Group labeled the Orange County New Media Meetup Group which we use to promote events and take RSVPs and pre-payments for meetings. Our chapter takes a leadership role among professional media organizations in Orange County, often bringing us all together for events, roundtables and/or good works.
Chapter website: www.mcai-oc.org
To join MCA-I go to our international website: www.mca-i.org
Chapter Officers and Board Members serve 1 year terms and may be re-elected as members see fit. Elections are usually in June of each year.
MCA-I LA/OC Chapter Officers and Board of Directors
President and Treasurer: Art Kirsch
Filmmaker Art Kirsch is the founder of SoCalShowbiz.com. As well as a producer, he is a business manager and ardent supporter of the entertainment arts in Orange County. Art serves on the Chapter's Programming Committee and various other Boards of Directors including OC Screenwriters Association. He is also active with the OC MultiMedia Association.
VIce President: Brian Page
A past chapter president, Brian hs remained active on the board in his Emeritus status as well as serving on numerous committees. This year he has volunteered to serve as Vice President. Brian is a successful VO talent, an actor, stage director and sound designer. He works thorugh his company Vocal Images and Brian Page Voiceovers. Brian has also served on the international board of directors.
Acting Secretary: John W. Coleman
John is a past chapter president and the Executive Producer of Twin Oaks Communications. 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.
Member at Large: Jean M. Davis / Event Coordinator
No relation to our immediate past president, Walter Davis,—though she has worked with him—Jean Marie is an internet talk show host and producer. Her budding media career is gaining traction due to her bubbly and energetic personality. Hoping to someday make it a full time job, Jean joined the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-I to network with other professionals, learn more about the business and hone her on-camera skills. She has volunteered as an assistant to Treasurer, Art Kirsch, and is visable at almost every meeting as our greeter and purser.
Member at Large: Anne Ganguzza / Membership
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, VO Peeps. In that capacity Anne also administrates the MCAI-OC/VO Peeps Education Scholarship Fund, which she created. Currently, in between recording sessions Anne is vo2gogo.com’s Instructor in Orange County, and teaches the vo2gogo curriculum and day long intensives in the Irvine, CA location. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in corporate and educational training, and has been successfully mentoring and coaching voiceover students for over three years.
Member at Large: Manny Pacheco
A Southern California television and radio personality for over three decades. Manny Pacheco has recently enjoyed growing acclaim for his Forgotten Hollywood book series which is now in development as a television series. Manny was on NBC's Santa Barbara, co-hosted the Daytime Emmy-nominated In Studio, and currently hosts Forgotten Hollywood, a weekly program on the Financial News and Talk Network. He is a 33-year member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) and was recently inducted as the youngest member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters (PPB).
Member at Large: JL SLade
JL is an accomplished videographer. She developed her unique signature tool, the 'Mastcam' and built it herself when she saw the need for an economical way to provide high shots to producers. Her company, Up There Video, provides this service (as well as videography at any height) to producers, sports teams and special events such as concerts all around Southern California. Jill originally hails from Idaho where she owned and operated the most relied-upon aerial and ultra-large-format analog photographic lab in the state.
Member at Large: Tom Smith
A California native, Tom is an in-demand producer, director and Director of Photography (DP). His company, Thomas Smith Productions has won numerous awards and Tom has written, produced and directed numerous projects in and around Orange County with credits as far away as Arizona, Colorado and Texas.