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Media Database Solutions LLC (MDS) was founded in 2002 with the goal of developing software solutions for the Media Industry. Our Managing Partner, Irvin Hirschhorn, has more than 25 years of experience as auditors specializing in Telecommunications and Media Fees
The MDS Software was developed from the audit software created by Media Audits International (MAI), founded by Mr. Hirschhorn in 1993. MAI audited companies in both Domestic and International Markets starting in 1994. Based on its growth, performance and profitability, MAI was acquired by the auditing firm Cable Audit Associates (now known as Symphony Media) in 2005. Mr. Hirschhorn then focused his efforts on developing MDS.
In 2008, using their experience and in-depth knowledge of calculating third party content license fees, Media Database Solutions began development on an improved and more robust software solution. Dedicated to meeting the technological requirements of the Media Industry for Programming Fee Management Software and related channels of distribution: TV, Mobile and Internet, MDS has committed significant resources to a comprehensive R&D department. We have worked with Pay TV operators to understand and design the solutions that met both their needs and wants, and anticipated the trends of both Domestic and International Markets.
As a result, in 2009, MDS launched MDS for MVPDs, a software solution that meets our clients’ high-standards and complex requirements. By incorporating the feedback of MDS clients with our Continuous Improvement Practices we have been able to embody the ultimate requirements in the Media Industry in our cost-effective, state of the art platforms within our software solutions.
Today MDS for MVPDs is a software proven by clients of all sizes and business models who have been using MDS for MVPDs for more than 10 years.
- Offer software solutions that reduce or eliminate time-consuming manual processes
- Eliminate the need for costly in-house software development
- Replace spreadsheet software with a true database that maintains historical data
- Increase accuracy by automating subscriber and license fee calculations
- Streamline internal and external reporting through a single database
- Provide affordable solutions for small to mid size companies
- Partner with our customers in their growth process
Irvin Hirschhorn, Managing Partner. Mr. Hirschhorn has served as Managing Partner of MDS since January 2008. Prior to then Mr. Hirschhorn served as Vice President International Operations for Cable Audit Associates. From 1994 through 2005 Mr. Hirschhorn was President/founder of Media Audits International Inc.
Previously, Mr. Hirschhorn worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers and obtained his CPA during that tenure.
Mr. Hirschhorn received a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business
Suzanne Cole, Client Relations Director. Suzanne has served as Client Relations Director for MDS since July 2019. Prior to then Suzanne served as Video Product & Programming Manager for Hargray Communications (2017-2019) and Bright House Networks (2005-2016). From 1995 through 2005 Suzanne served in several roles in accounting, subscriber billing and operations at Time Warner Cable in Syracuse, NY.
Previously, Suzanne worked in broadcasting at WSYT- Fox 68.
Suzanne received a BS in Business Administration and Management from the Columbia College.
Gary Fugier, IT Director. Gary started at MDS in October 2009 and was promoted to the role of IT Director in 2014.
Prior to then Gary served as GIS Team Lead (2008 – 2009) at QC Data. From 1996 to 2007 Gary served as the Network - Database Administrator and Back Office Manager at CEA.
Gary received certifications in Oracle Database Design and Programming with SQL & PL/SQL, TIA A+ Certification in 2008 & 2009, Networking Essentials and Administering MS Windows in 1998, and an Associate of Occupational Studies in 1994 from PMI, Denver Colorado.