The Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) advances new technologies that are enabling the digital transformation of media and entertainment. Focused on three core M&E technologies (data, IT and security), MESA’s 150-plus members and content advisors collaborate to advance change management, new workflow solutions and production/supply chain efficiencies. MESA’s five technology communities include: the Hollywood IT Society (HITS, focused on everything M&E IT); Smart Content Council (digital asset management, metadata, data, analytics and AI); Content Delivery & Security Association (CDSA, supporting cybersecurity and content protection solutions); and Women in Technology: Hollywood (WiTH). MESA was founded in 2008 and has since expanded its activities to serve M&E executives in Los Angeles, New York and London. Its content advisors direct an annual event schedule of more than 25 meetings, conferences and summits. MESA’s editorial staff creates and curates content for 10 weekly newsletters, reaching a global audience of more than 40,000 M&E executives daily, and the M&E Journal, which is published bi-annually. MESA’s industry initiatives have included the introduction of an industry-standard digital ID, industry-wide security vendor audit program, industry career resources, as well as women’s diversity workshops and awards.
- To support service providers in building efficiencies in the creation, production and distribution of physical and digital media and entertainment
- To foster end-to-end collaboration among entertainment service providers, their customers and trading partners
- To promote its members and provide faƒce-to-face meeting opportunities
- To provide tangible benefits to members including: market intelligence, research initiatives, industry advocacy and collaborative work-groups
Who’s in Charge:
- GUY FINLEY (President & CEO) Guy started his career in the entertainment industry as a successful performer and producer, making music with industry giants such as Phil Ramone, Elliott Scheiner, and Dave Grusin, among others. His New York City based group was signed to Larry Rosen’s N2K Encoded Music, the first record company to distribute music via digital downloads. He joined the home entertainment industry as President of LFA, Inc., providing home video brand and business consulting services for a worldwide clientele. His firm represented JVC in North America, licensing the loading and duplication of VHS videocassettes bearing the VHS Logo Trademark. In 2005 he joined the Content Delivery and Security Association (then IRMA, International Recording Media Association) where he pioneered the CDSA Daily News Portal and co-chaired the accountability sub-committee of the EPCglobal Item Level Tagging Public Policy Steering Committee. CDSA is currently managed by MESA. In 2008 he founded MESA as a coalition of service providers to the Hollywood studios, independent content holders, video game publishers, software publishers and music labels.
- DEVENDRA MISHRA (Chief Strategist) has been the president and COO of such companies as, LIVE Entertainment, VCL-Carolco, Lieberman Enterprises, Technicolor Worldwide Media and Distribution, Strawberries Records and Tapes, International Multifoods, Stan lee Media, etc. At RCA Records, as the Vice President of World-wide Manufacturing and Distribution, he implemented the revolutionary Hits and Catalog distribution, which became the hallmark of the industry. As president of worldwide new media and distribution services at Technicolor, Mishra strategically developed and launched Technicolor Entertainment Services and also engineered and put into production its first optical media manufacturing facility. A professor of Decision Sciences at Pepperdine University, he is recognized as an eminent thinker and practitioner of supply chain management.
- CHRIS TRIBBEY (Editorial Director) An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience, Chris Tribbey has reported on everything from small-town city council meetings to presidential elections. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he most recently worked as the technology reporter for Broadcasting & Cable magazine, and as an editor and reporter for the Hollywood trade publication Home Media Magazine. His work has been published in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Sporting News, the Miami Herald, the Florida Sun-Sentinel, USA Today and Sports Illustrated. Before specializing in entertainment, Tribbey was a reporter and editor on the news side with several newspapers, including the North County Times, the Napa Valley Register and the Oakland Tribune. Based in Los Angeles, he currently works as the editorial director for the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA).
Guy Finley, President & CEO
Devendra Mishra, Chief Strategist
Steven Chester, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategy
Garrett R Finley, Vice President, Member Services
Don Hurley, Executive Assistant to the President
Evie Silvers, Director of Business Development
Scott Parrish, Platform Manager
Karen Brewer, Client Services Director
Kristen Edwards, Client Services Manager
Danny Mogford, Data Quality Manager
Katie Blackwell, Controller
Chris Tribbey, Editorial Director/Writer
Jeff Hyatt, Editor
Jeff Berman, Technology Reporter