President's Message

I get by with a little (ok maybe a lot of) help from my friends. Since July 1st, the start of my term as chapter president, I have been guided by the fact that the vast majority of our members are independent contractors. With information and networking available on the Internet, in order to remain relevant and of value to our fellow members, our organization needs to provide networking and educational opportunities that help us increase our income.

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Enter MCA-i Media Festival Now!

Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I), invites media communications professionals to enter the highly acclaimed MCA-I Media Festival to compete for the revered Golden, Silver and Bronze Reel Awards. For more than 40 years, the MCA-I Media Festival has celebrated excellence in media communications. Golden Reel honors remain highly coveted and recognized internationally. Judged by panels of media communications professionals, most of whom are MCA-I members, the MCA-I Media Festival differentiates itself from other media festivals by providing judges feedback to the entrants.

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Long-time MCA-I Member Brad Hagen Passes Away

With great sadness we report that after a long Illness Brad Hagen died peacefully in the evening of Friday, October 10th. His wife, Tracy, said he was surrounded by family with guitars playing.

Besides being a talented photographer, producer-director and businessman, Brad was a media industry leader in Orange County and beyond. As the founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Santa Ana-based Video Resources Inc., and long-time member of MCA-I, dating back to the days when it was known as ITVA, Brad made many friends and was known for his easy manner, good humor and generosity.

Services will be Saturday October 18 at 4:00 pm at Tustin Presbyterian church located at 225 West Main Street Tustin CA 92780. We recommend that you attend to share our loss and express your condolences to his family, many friends and colleagues.

MCA-I Offers Members FREE VIDEOS!

You heard correctly! Just become a member of the local LA/Orange County chapter of MCA-I and get a free video to help market your company or professional services. Sound too good to be true? Well, it's for real. Here's what's involved:

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Review of August 2014 Meeting: Social Media & Branding For Your Business and Aerial Mastcam

A good crowd of professionals from various facets of media filled the meeting room at the Digital Media Center for this joint meeting of PVN and MCA-I. MCA-I President Art Kirsch introduced the first two speakers, MCA-I members Tim Keenan and Manny Pacheco, who did back to back presentations that fit together perfectly. Each had some very useful tips to market your media business successfully. Later, videographer JL Slade demonstrated her unique aerial mastcam and discussed the importance of a high shot for filming. We'll review JL's presentation in another article. But overall the evening was informative and lively with a number of good questions and answers.

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Tim & Linda Keenan Get Lifetime Award

MCAI member and former MCAI Board Member Tim Keenan and his wife Linda were recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cypress Chamber of Commerce at their annual Business awards Dinner. Tim & Linda, long time Cypress residents, own Creative Media Recording, an audio production company in Cypress.

“Having been involved in the “media” community for so many years has allowed us to meet a wide variety of people, with many interests similar to ours," said Tim. "This business is all about referrals and we readily refer people who need help in other areas.”

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New President's Message

As my term as president of the LA/OC chapter begins, I want to thank, first and foremost, all of my predecessors and fellow board members for building and nurturing our chapter that has provided me with excellent professional value and lasting friendships.

Our immediate past president, Walter Davis, has done much to upgrade our social media presence, initiate a relationship with the city of Santa Ana, and began live streaming of our meetings. I trust we will be able to continue to take advantage of many of these additions in the years to come.

Our most formidable challenge is attracting and retaining members by remaining relevant and providing value to our membership. Many local organizations have experienced these same difficulties with the disappearance of big industry partners who have increasing withdrawn support for their employees to belong to non-profits, no matter how worthy.  

My goal is for us to collect as much information from members and non-members alike to help us make our local chapter a valuable resource for everyone in the media industry.

My guess is that we will need to seriously discuss how we can add value through:

  • Education
  • Networking
  • Recognition
  • Public Service

Please share your thoughts with me about how you think we can become more relevant to our members by contacting me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Thank you.

Art Kirsch

MCA-I / VO Peeps Scholarship Fund Passes $21 GRAND!

It was only a few months ago (April, in fact) that we were crowing about the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund passing a lifetime total of $16,000 bucks! Now, VO Peeps founder, Anne Ganguzza has again tallied up the donations since the inception of the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund, (it's administrated by MCA-I as the fiscal sponsor under our IRS Charity status,) and she tells us that it's topped $21,000!--Thanks to YOU!

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Hector Gomez Awarded MCAI-OC's inaugural Alton Glass Future Filmmaker Award

At its annual MediaProCamp on June 14th 2014, MCA-I's LA/Orange County Chapter honored an outstanding student of media or young working professional with its inaugural Alton Glass Young Filmmaker Award. The recipient is Hector Gomez of Garden Grove, who finished his last semester at Santa Ana College this spring. Hector was nominated by his teachers who described him as hardworking and dedicated.  In presenting the award, noted independent filmmaker Glass said, "I'm honored to have my name on this award and very pleased to give this to a future filmmaker who exhibits creative drive, a dedication to be the best, and a love of the Media." Along with a beautiful crystal trophy, Hector received a cash prize and membership in MCA-i.

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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 …

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More Articles ...

  1. Brad Hagen Awarded Shining Star by MCA-i
  2. HOOP Foundation Needs Mentors, Cameras & Equipment
  3. Social Media Facts You Need To Know In 2014
  4. What Members Are Doing: Walter Davis
  5. Members In The News: Tina Wilson
  6. 45th MCAI MEDIA FESTIVAL—BE A JUDGE!
  7. Merry Christmas from Your Friends at MCA-i!
  8. Enter the MCA-i Media Festival Until Dec 31, 2013!
  9. NEW Scholarship for VO to be Awarded!
  10. Your Input is Needed!
  11. Brad Hagen Recovering from Brain Surgery
  12. MCA-I's Walter Davis to Present at DV EXPO!
  13. An OC Treasure: The Silent River Film Festival Oct 17-20 2013 in Irvine
  14. Entries Now Accepted for 45th MCA-i Media Festival
  15. Meet MCA-I Member Jean M. Davis
  16. MCAI Offers Members Huge Discount at DV Expo
  17. Member Profile: Frank Holguin
  18. Coleman and McKay receive National Honors From MCAI
  19. OCMMA presents Adobe CreateNow Camp June 1, 20013
  20. Member Profile: Paul Fabian, Lighting Director and Gaffer
  21. Gary Lycan, Radio Columnist Passes
  22. MCA-I Holding Annual Media Festival at NAB
  23. "We've Got Balls," OC-Made Indy Feature to Debut at Newport Beach Film Fest
  24. And Speaking of Volunteers…
  25. MCAI Member Markets his Feature Film--TV PREMIERE!
  26. Gordan Cantowine, Long-Time ITVA & MCA-I Member Passes
  27. Encore Directory is Back! Discount for MCA-I Members!
  28. Santa Ana College TV Needs Photo Backdrop
  29. Brian Page Stars in Neil Simon Play
  30. MCA-I & VO Peeps Donate $5,000!
  31. October 2, 2012 --SOLD OUT--FREE Premiere Of New Documentary by MCA-I Member Art Kirsch.
  32. MCAI Member John Primm CrowdFunding a Feature Film!
  33. Larry Goldsmith Memorial Fund
  34. Larry Goldsmith Memorial Fund Intro
  35. Meet MCA-I Member Mari McShane
  36. Meet MCA-I Member Ayanna Mojica
  37. Scholarship Winner To Be Announced May 15, 2012
  38. OC Students Win Video Contest with Help of MCA-I Mentors
  39. Travis Voices Disney/Marvel Film “The Avengers”
  40. Mark Alexander Wins MCA-I Silver Reel Award

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