Studio City, CA (February 18, 2020)—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) have elected Mark Lanza, an award-winning supervising sound editor who currently serves as the organization’s treasurer, as president.
Lanza’s two-year term as president begins in January. A member of MPSE since 1993, he previously served the organization as secretary and vice president before being elected treasurer last year. He succeeds Tom McCarthy.
Also elected to the MPSE board are Steve Urban as secretary and Jeremy Gordon as treasurer. They join continuing board members Bernard Weiser (vice president) and Christopher Reeves (sergeant-at-arms).
Lanza seeks to build on the progress MPSE has made in recent years in growing its membership and expanding its public programs. “I want to continue to develop ties to other industry organizations,” Lanza said. “MPSE has co-sponsored several events with the Cinema Audio Society and we hope to do more as we share common interests and priorities. I am eager to expand our international membership. Our ranks have been growing, especially in Europe and India. I would also like to improve our outreach by hosting more sound events, and through increased use of streaming and social media.”
Outgoing president Tom McCarthy notes that MPSE has made great strides over the past four years. “I am proud of the board’s successes, especially its role in the development of the EIPMA mentoring program and our monthly Sound Advice events,” he says.
Currently based at Sony Pictures Studios, Lanza has been a sound professional for 30 years and is credited on more than 250 feature films and television shows. He was part of the Academy Award-winning sound teams for Born on the Fourth of July and JFK. He won an HPA Award for NBC’s I and an MPSE Golden Reel Award for Amazon’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. He has 30 additional MPSE Gold Reel Award nominations for projects including Homeland, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax and Coma. Recent projects include Manhunt: Deadly Games, On Becoming a God in Central Florida and Sneaky Pete.
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