Help VO Mary McKitrick get her well-deserved Emmy Statue

 

Mary McKitrick is a rock. (just check her website).  Which is to say she’s rock solid as a voice talent. She’s a seasoned VO professional, a talented and humble person, and I SHOULD be able to say she’s an Emmy-Award-Winner…and technically she is (Congratulations, Mary!)…but she doesn’t really have the statue to prove it.

 

 

Read all about it here: http://www.courvo.biz/2011/05/a-statue-for-mary.html, and here:http://blog.audioconnell.com/2011/05/20/voice-over-talent-mary-mcki...


Then go to this FaceBook page and click "LIKE":https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Statue-for-Mary/116980121720583?sk...

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Comment by Peter K. O'Connell audio'connell on May 28, 2011 at 8:02pm

Certainly I have my opinion  on the matter but I'll add only this: as a community, voice over talents are a smart and pretty selfless bunch (not WITHOUT egos but we mostly keep them in check).

 

So if the EMMY team needs a gentle wake up call or a sledge hammer upon their collective noggins, this simple campaign might be a very good way to get their attention.

 

I'm having a hard time seeing any downside to voice talents supporting this measure so as with all things, it  just requires a little action on YOUR part.

 

Thanks for your consideration.

 

Best always,

- Peter

Comment by Sini Manner on May 25, 2011 at 10:41pm
Eh??! Get in there & sort them out...someone! Doesn't sound right at all at all.
Comment by J.V. Martin on May 25, 2011 at 12:56pm
Sorry for all the boo-boos in my previous post.  I should have proofread it better.  I was getting angrier as I typed!  ;-)
Comment by J.V. Martin on May 25, 2011 at 12:53pm
There is no specific Emmy category for narration, but narrators can and do receive Emmys, however, the system at ATAS is definitely in need of fixing. This is how it works: A group of volunteer members of ATAS meets to review the voiceover submissions for Emmy nominations. They sit in a room and watch the submitted clips and then vote on which performances should advance to the next stage - voting for Emmys. Nominees (nor winners) are not limited to a particular number. The same group then meets later on (a few weeks if I recall) and voting takes place. The vast majority of the nominees are voices of animated characters, but there are also narrators. The one time I participated I recall that Sigourney Weaver was up for Planet Earth. Why the entire Academy Performer Peer Group membership doesn't vote for the voiceover category as it does for on-camera performers is beyond me. But, it's even worse than that. The group that meets to choose voiceover nominees and then again to choose the winners is actually made up of both performers and animators. Both categories are being decided on by this group. And, while the animators are permitted to participate in choosing voiceover nominees and then winners, performers are not permitted to participate in choosing animator nominees/winners. As a performer, I agree that we should not be choosing animator nominees/winners, but they animators should definitely not be choosing voiceover nominees/winners because that category especially since the category is not limited to cartoon voices. Why in the world is an animator making decisions on a documentary narration performance? I posed the question to an ATAS official in charge of putting together the group and got nowhere. I then contacted one of the governors of the Performer Peer Group, Kathryn Joosten, and didn't even receive a reply to my enquiry. Voted against her butt in the next election! Because of all that, I have not responded to ATAS's invitation to participate in the voiceover voting since.  Maybe some of you who are ATAS members should send letters?!

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