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VOICE ARTSô AWARDS WINNERS
Winners of 1st Annual Voice Artsô Awards
Announced And Celebrated At New York Gala

November 10, 2014

By John Florian

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(New York) - Ever evolving, the voice over industry reached a significant milestone here Sunday night with presentations of the 1st Annual Voice Artsô Awards, honoring and celebrating best work and achievements in voice over talent, production and other aspects of the voice over business.

Legendary and prolific audiobook narrator Scott Brick and top-tier voice talent Joe Cipriano (pictured, Brick left) were among dozens of award winners at the gala reception and ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image, attended by media and entertainment celebrities and executives, producers, audiobook publishers, agents, trainers and voice actors - both "big name" talents and those enroute to great success.

The awards are the creation of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS), a non-profit organization that is also presenting the 5th Annual That's Voiceover Career Expo here today.

At the awards ceremony, SOVAS CEO Rudy Gaskins (pictured) and Executive Director Steve Ulrich pledged that the awards will continue as an annual competition. Many awards presenters and recipients praised Gaskins and SOVAS board member Joan Baker for their vision and work in creating SOVAS and the awards program.

Celebrities doted the gala's awards stage and audience.

CNN anchor Don Lemon presented the Voice Artsô Icon Award for lifetime achievement to James Earl Jones for the legendary talent's incomparable voice overs - from Sesame Street to Darth Vader to "This is CNN" and beyond. Jones is currently on Broadway heading the zany family in "You Can't Take It With You," and his cast cheered from the ceremony audience.

ABC's John Quinones (host of "What Would You Do?") announced several awards, including - in Spanish - the Outstanding Spanish Language Voice Over (won by Luis Garcia).

Also opening the winners' envelopes on stage were well-known voice over industry personalities including Joe Cipriano, Pat Fraley, Cedering Fox, Scott Brick, Marc Graue, Joan Baker and Chuck Duran and Stacey Aswad (pictured).

Congratulations to all Voice Arts Awards nominees and winners! To see all nominees, please click here. And for the winners, read on ...

AND THE WINNERS ARE ...

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL TELEVISION PROMOTION CAMPAIGN
2014 Tour De France
(NBC Sports Group)
Artistís Name: Michael Izquierdo
Chief Marketing Officer: John Miller
Creative Director: Don Simon
Director, Marketing: Anne Ford
Editor: Kevin Mattice
Executive Producer: Bill Bergofin
Producer/Writer: Ray Worsdale
Vice President, Creative Director & Brand: Lorin Finkelstein
Vice President, Promotions: Brian Matthews
Writer: Richard

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL TELEVISION EPISODIC PROMO, BEST MALE VOICE
Mighty Ships
(SBS Discovery Media & Nordic On-Air)
Artistís Name: David Bateson
Creative Director: Daniel Halasz
On-Air Director: Claus Lee

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL TELEVISION PROGRAM NARRATION
Snapped on the Oxygen Network (Jupiter Entertainment)
Artistís Name: Sharon Martin
Executive Producers: Deborah Allen, Stephen Land

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė BIOGRAPHY
Living On Air
Artistís Name: Joe Cipriano
Director: Marice Tobias
Original Music: Greg Chun
Sound Design: AJ McKay

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė TEENS
Scowler by Daniel Kraus (Listening Library)
Artistís Name: Kirby Heyborne
Producer: Kelly Gildea

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė CLASSICS

The New York Stories by John OíHara (Penguin Random House Audio)
Artistsí Names: Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Richard Kind, Jan Maxwell, Gretchen Mol and Dallas Roberts
Producer: Diane McKiernan

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė SCIENCE FICTION
Until The End Of The World by Sarah Lyons Fleming (Podium Publishing)
Artistís Name: Julia Whelan
Executive Producer: James Tonn
Producer and Editor: Greg Lawrence
Proofer: Emily Derr

OUTSTANDING LOCAL TELEVISION COMMERCIAL
Cleveland Indians (Studio Center)
Artistís Name: Kevin Johnson
Producer/Engineer: Katie Boyle

OUTSTANDING LOCAL RADIO COMMERCIAL
Motor Werks (Studio Center)
Artistís Name: Robert Garson
Producer/Engineer: Katie Boyle

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL RADIO COMMERCIAL, BEST MALE VOICE
Krystal (Studio Center)
Artistís Name: Dave Hoffman
Producer/Engineer: Bob Schott

OUTSTANDING MOVIE NARRATION
The Return of the River
Artistís Name: Debbe Hirata (pictured)
Director of Photography/Producer: John Gussman
Voice Casting Agent: Wendi Wills
Writer/Producer: Jessica Plumb

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė MYSTERY

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (Penguin Random House Audio)
Artistís Name: Jayne Entwistle
Producer: Orli Moscowitz

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė AUTHOR PERFORMANCE
Living On Air by Joe Cipriano
Artistís Name: Joe Cipriano
Director: Marice Tobias
Original Music: Greg Chun 
Sound Design: AJ McKay

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION - CHILDRENíS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BEST FEMALE VOICE

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks (Listening Library)
Artistís Name: Mandy Williams
Producer: Dan Musselman

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė CRIME & THRILLER
Kill Fee by Owen Laukkanen (Penguin Random House Audio)
Artistís Name: Edoardo Ballerini
Producer: Diane McKiernan

OUTSTANDING SPANISH LANGUAGE VOICEOVER
Demo
Artist's Name: Luis Garcia
Producer: Francisco "PacoĒ Galvez

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION - NON-FICTION, BEST MALE VOICE
Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss (Penguin Random House Audio)
Artistís Name: Scott Brick
Producer: Dan Musselman

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė ROMANCE
Dragos Takes a Holiday: A Novella of the Elder Races by Thea Harrison (Audible, Inc.)
Artistís Name: Sophie Eastlake
Producer: Teddy Harrison

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

One More Thing by B.J. Novak (Penguin Random House Audio)
Artistsí Names: B.J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Jason Schwartzman, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling
Producer: Kelly Gildea

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION - SCIENCE FICTION, BEST ENSEMBLE
 
William Shakespeareís Star Wars by Ian Doescher
(Penguin Random House Audio)
Artistsí Names: Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, January LaVoy and Marc Thompson
Producer: Aaron Blank

OUTSTANDING PROMO DEMO REEL

Promo Demo
Artistís Name: Mitch Phillips
Producer: Chuck Duran

OUTSTANDING ANIMATION DEMO REEL
Animation Reel 2014
Artistís Name: Jay Britton
Producer: Chuck Duran

OUTSTANDING BODY OF WORK

Artistís Name: Lori Alan

OUTSTANDING COMMERCIAL DEMO REEL, BEST MALE VOICE
Commercial Reel 2014
Artistís Name: Jay Britton
Producer: Nancy Wolfson

OUTSTANDING COMMERCIAL DEMO REEL, BEST FEMALE VOICE
VOChefDeb Commercial Reel
Artistís Name: Debbie Munro
Copywriter: Debbie Munro
Producers: Scott Burns, Seann Shaffer

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL TELEVISION IMAGE PROMO

2014 Kentucky Derby (NBC Sports Group)
Artistís Name: Lisa Loeb
Chief Marketing Officer: John Miller
Art Director: Kevin Shinkle
Creative Director: Don Simon
Director, Marketing: Anne Ford
Director, NBC Sports Promotions: William Lee
Executive Producer: Bill Bergofin
Producer/Editor: Heather Croteau
Vice President, Creative Director & Brand: Lorin Finkelstein
Vice President, Promotions: Brian Matthews

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION Ė HISTORY, BEST MALE VOICE
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (Penguin Random House Audio)
Artistís Name: Edward Herrmann
Producer: Diane McKiernan

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION - FICTION AND FANTASY, BEST FEMALE VOICE
On The Rocks by Erin Duffy (Harper Audio)
Artistís Name: Cyndi Shope
Director: Adam Conner

OUTSTANDING AUDIO BOOK NARRATION - FICTION AND FANTASY, BEST MALE VOICE

A Warm Place To Call Home, by Michael Siemsen (Podium Publishing)
Artistís Name: Ray Chase
Executive Producer: James Tonn
Producer and Editor: Greg Lawrence
Proofer: Emily Derr

OUTSTANDING VOICEOVER PODCAST
VO Buzz Weekly
Artistsí Names: Chuck Duran and Stacey J. Aswad
Editor: Jeff Castelluccio
Editor, Cameraperson and Graphic Designer: Jory Federighi
Special Guest: Kevin Michael Richardson

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION ANIMATION
Peg+Cat
Artistís Name: Hayley Faith Negrin
Peg: Hayley Faith Negrin

OUTSTANDING VIDEO GAME CHARACTER
Diablo III
Artistís Name: Michael Gough
Agent: Sandie Schnarr
Deckard Cain: Michael Gough
Voice Director: Andrea Romano
Voice Director/Casting Director: Andrea Toyias

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL TELEVISION COMMERCIAL
Valspar Ė "ChameleonsĒ
Artistsí Names: Lori Alan and Brandon Paul Eells
Jon: Brandon Paul Eells
Val: Lori Alan Advertising Agency: FCB Global  


MORE ABOUT SOVAS AND VOICE ARTS AWARDS ...

For more about SOVAS, the awards competition and other programs, please visit: www.SOVAS.org.

PARTING SHOT ...

John Florian, James Earl Jones (sort of) and John Melley (Outstanding Podcast nominee for The Voice Over Marketing Podcast).






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Comments (3)
Debbe Hirata
11/15/2014 at 1:27 PM
Such a joy to see you and your wife at the Awards. Your contributions to this industry are priceless, John. I stand in great respect of your and your work. I agree with Scott and Rudy ... great article and wonderful, joyful, positive, radiant energy.
Scott Burns
11/12/2014 at 8:42 AM
I agree! Great article, and thank you for sharing the results. I'm so proud to be listed among the luminaries present!

AND you included a picture of my dear friend Debbe Hirata!

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
Rudy
11/11/2014 at 2:47 AM
You had me at 'Voice." Wonderful article, John. Thank you for being there and for your joyful, positive, radiant energy.
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