Letter from the President 

Members of the Motion Picture Sound Editors,

As I complete my term as president, I wish to thank the board and you, our members, for giving me the opportunity to serve. My goal as president has been to give back to a sound community that has blessed me with a rewarding career by promoting the importance of sound in entertainment media and by strengthening and expanding the MPSE. Over the past four years, the board has made great strides in developing new benefits for members and in creating educational and mentoring opportunities for the next generation of sound artists.

A few years ago, we launched our Sound Advice events. First located in Los Angeles, now established in New York and London, and streamed globally, these events provide valuable insight into the latest innovations in the world of sound. Through these events, sound artists not only have the chance to learn about the latest technologies and techniques that will affect their work, they can also influence future development by sharing their questions, concerns and experiences with technology makers. We have also hosted informative panel discussions on topics of the day, and with the sound crews from groundbreaking film and television projects.

Six years ago, the MPSE teamed with Mix Magazine to sponsor “Mix Presents Sound for Film and Television”. This day-long conference and exhibition, held annually at Sony Pictures, has become a can’t-miss event for everyone interested in sound. It features expert speakers and panel discussions, technology and workflow demonstrations, the Cinema Audio Society’s parade of production carts, a composer’s lounge and much more. It culminates with a Sound Showcase, where studios and distributors share clips from their latest feature productions for awards consideration. Our members can take pride in having established an event that has grown bigger and better every year and now attracts more than 600 attendees from around the globe.

The board is also very proud of our new mentoring program, established in memory of longtime board member Paul Rodriguez. Our original plan was to develop a mentoring program within MPSE, but it has grown into a much wider initiative, involving organizations from virtually every aspect of the industry, including AVID, CAS, ACE, SMPTE, Audio Engineering Society of LA, Hollywood Professional Association, Sound Girls and The Recording Academy. Dubbed the Entertainment Industry Professional Mentoring Alliance or EIPMA, the organization plans to launch this fall with an open house for educators and students. Ultimately, EIPMA intends to develop a program of educational and mentoring opportunities for high school and college students, and other young people, interested in behind-the-scenes careers in our industry. The aim is to connect aspiring young people with experienced professionals who can help them get started on a path toward meaningful careers.

In closing, I am excited to announce that Mark Lanza will succeed me as MPSE president. Mark is a longtime board member who has generously devoted his time and energy to the sound community. Working alongside our outstanding board, I am confident that Mark will take the MPSE to new heights in the industry, locally and globally.

Again, thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your president.

Sincerely,

Tom C McCarthy President | Motion Picture Sound Editors
Executive Vice President Post Production Facilities | Sony Pictures Studios