Industry researcher Jerilyn Kessel dies

Began career at Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment

Jerilyn Kessel, a research executive for the entertainment industry, died suddenly of natural causes on Oct. 6 at her home in Los Angeles. Her family did not want to disclose her age.

In 1997, Kessel co-founded Fort Washington, Pa.-based Centris, a research organization focused on voice, video and data markets. She studied Blu-ray Disc and HDTV, among other emerging home entertainment technologies.

A native of Ocean Township, N.J., Kessel began her career as director of research at Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment, then moved to a job at Showtime. She co-founded and served as a senior analyst at Video Flash at Alexander & Associates and also worked at Entertainment Made Convenient (EMC3) and American Interactive Media.

"Jerilyn could reel off an approach to a new business idea before you finished your sentence," said Janice Glaser-Silverstone, a former Columbia Pictures executive who worked with Kessel.

Kessel is survived by her mother, Phyllis Kessel; her brother, Steven Kessel; and her friend Robert Olins. A donation in Kessel's memory may be made to the Lange Foundation in Los Angeles.