ECA Names New Board Members

Bookmark and Share

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 11:21 -- Nick Dager

The Event Cinema Association has announced the appointment of four new ECA members to its board of directors. Vanessa Hills, head of marketing at UK distributor More2Screen and Janelle Mason, director and producer at production company and distributor CinemaLive, have been appointed as board directors, and Fabrice Testa, head of international business development for Kencast stepped down from his role at DSAT Cinema to be replaced by Manel Carreras, senior vice president, marketing and content business development services at Ymagis, was voted back onto the board in his new role as head of business development at U.S. technical provider Kencast.

Isabelle Fauchet, managing director at Live Digital Cinema has stepped down, following in the footsteps of Austin Shaw of Omniverse Vision and John Travers of Cineworld. According to the Articles of Association a third of the board must retire by rotation annually so this rotation marks the first rotation since the inception of the ECA.

More2Screen, based in London, is one of the most prominent and successful distributors of event cinema and boasts a number of industry firsts and record breakers in its long history, as one of the earliest distributors of alternative content. Market leader CinemaLive, the UK based arm of Australian distributor CinemaLive, based in Sydney, is internationally recognized for André Rieu, among others, and distributes classical arts content and concert broadcasts into 70 countries worldwide. Boston-based satellite provider Kencast is the company behind the US studios’ DCDC initiative providing satellite delivery solutions to cinemas, among other patented technologies throughout the US, while European satellite and digital services provider Ymagis’ rise to prominence has been notable, particularly in its recent acquisition of dcinex, Arqiva’s satellite division and most recently Éclair Labs in Paris; its growth in the last 10 years is extraordinary.

Melissa Cogavin, managing director of the ECA said, “We are delighted to welcome Vanessa, Manel Janelle, and welcome back Fabrice; all of them bring diverse skills and key experience that will be of huge benefit to our organization as we enter a new phase of our development.” She added, “We will be sad to say goodbye to Isabelle, whose input at board level has been integral to the success of the organization today, but she acts as a consultant to the ECA so will still be involved day to day. Likewise the contribution made by Austin and John were considerable, and absolutely invaluable.”

The appointments were formerly announced to the ECA members at the ECA Annual General Meeting on October 20 in London.  

Event Cinema Association