LAEDC’s DME Industry Council is a network of Southern California-based leaders from business, labor, education, nonprofit, and public sectors dedicated to promoting and further developing Southern California as a leader in Digital Media and Entertainment (DME), including film, television, streaming, gaming, VR, AR and digital advertising. We are committed to growing, attracting, and retaining DME talent and investment in the region through developing human and capital resources, building networks, marketing, and policy initiatives.  Through this work, job creation is fostered, creating economic opportunity for our region’s residents.

This industry cluster is evolving rapidly as technology and innovation impact business models and occupations alike, and the Council aims to stay one step ahead to ensure the region maintains its competitive edge to the benefit or the residents of Southern California.

LAEDC is currently in the process of developing a report with partner EY to define the economic activity associated with the digital media industry cluster in Greater Los Angeles.  Learn more in the events section (right column).



Join the DME Industry Council

To join the DME Council please contact [email protected] .

Research on the DME Industry Cluster

LAEDC, in partnership with Center for a Competitive Workforce, is conducting a study of the Entertainment and Digital Media industry cluster in the Los Angeles Basin, which will better define the industry, it’s occupations, the skills required for those occupations, and forecasts for both jobs and the industry at large.  The findings are scheduled to be released at a special event in Los Angeles.  For details, contact [email protected] .

Meeting Schedule

For information about the meeting schedule, please contact Chris Rico at LAEDC.


The primary contact for DME Industry Council is Chris Rico, Director of Innovation and Industry Development, who can be reached at [email protected] or 213-236-4836.  The  priorities of the Council are informed by the Co-Chairs; Gaude Paez, VP & Head of Corp Comm at Hulu; Scott Porter, Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst and Young LLP; Rick Smith, Co-Founder & Mng Director, CrossCut Ventures; and Lisa Solana,VP, Marketing/Strategy, ABC Studios.

For media inquiries, please contact Lawren Markle at [email protected]

Schedule a media interview by contacting Lawren Markle at LAEDC, 213-236-4847, [email protected]