VOICES-VOICEBANK MERGER - PART 4
Voicebank CEO Responds To Concerns About
Voices Merger: 'Projects Remain Secure & Private'
August 18, 2017
See Part 1: Voices(dot)com Rocks Voice Over Industry With Voicebank Buyout
See Part 2: Integrating Voicebank and Voices: Speculation Abounds
See Part 3: Responding to Change: You Have Voice and Choice
See Part 5: Agents - Union - Voices' Letters
(VOXtra) - It's been a heady 10 days since voice over online casting giant Voices(dot)com announced its purchase of Voicebank(net).
FYI: Voices sends auditions online directly to voice actors, while Voicebank caters to agents who pass the online auditions to voice actors on their rosters.In recent days, in a three-part series, VoiceOverXtra reported on industry speculation about the future operations and practices of the two firms, including a possible blending of all operations and imposing Voices' transaction fees on future Voicebank transactions. Voice actors particularly object to those fees, as they cut into income earned on each job.
VoiceOverXtra invited Voices Founder/CEO David Ciccarelli and Voicebank Founder/CEO Jeff Hixon to amplify on their plans.
On Thursday, Hixon replied by email that the Voicebank team "is still in place" and that "Voicebank projects remain secure and private.
"These projects are not shared with the large Voices(dot)com marketplace," adds Hixon, who launched Voicebank in 1998.
Hixon did not address the issue of fees.
And he asks the voice over community to "allow us the time to show the positive effects of this acquisition as we strive towards the goals we all share; more work for talent agencies and actors."
Following are Jeff Hixon's full remarks:
"Thank you for inviting me to participate in the conversation regarding the Voices(dot)com acquisition of Voicebank(dot)net.SEE MORE HELPFUL VOICE OVER CAREER ARTICLES HERE
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I am under the impression that is located in the U.S. - about 10% as an 'agent/agency' is about all they could legally get. But, since it is Canada, there is no stopping the egregious fee's the continue to charge.
I feel like voices(dot)com is like airline carriers... nickle and dime you to death.
I will be interested to hear David C's response - if he does, that is!!
"We believe working together with Voices(dot)com will help to expand the opportunities for our talent agency and ad agency clients as well as help with the creation of more union projects within the Voicebank system."
That is antithetical to VDCs history, openly, well stated goals and it's not in the best interest of VDC. Agents and casting directors are an impediment to greater profit a help to them.
Such empty, saving face statements.
Hixon admitted that he and Ciccarelli have "a similar vision for the future." What might that vision be? How will it benefit the voice-over community? Why make a deal with an unethical, greedy, non transparent business partner in the first place? Hixon has a lot of explaining to do. Because of the nature of the business he's in bed with, I have trouble giving him the benefit of the doubt. After all, the character of a man is known by the company he keeps.
Time will tell how this all shakes up. I'm disappointed that Voicebank has chosen to align with VDC considering their shady business practices. I'm afraid I'm not hopeful. But I'm not *scared* either. I'll be just fine. And so will other voice talent who decide to be proactive in this uncertain time.
Thanks for helping to get the info out, John. You're a gem. :)