VoiceJockeys & VO Attorney Negotiate
New Contract On Track To Finish Line
Note: The author stirred a virtual firestorm on May 3 with his VoiceOverXtra article critical of onerous contract terms for voice talent who work with VoiceJockeys.com, an online job service. In subsequent articles, VoiceJockeys pledged a willingness to change those terms, and the author offered to negotiate the new contract, pro bono, on behalf of voice actors as a group. Below is an update on the status of that negotiation ...
By Robert Sciglimpaglia Jr.
Voice Actor & Attorney
May 27, 2010
I am pleased to update you with the progress of my negotiations with VoiceJockeys.com (hereinafter “Company”).
They have accepted all of my suggested changes to the onerous contract, and made it much fairer for the voice-over artist. The new contract has been posted to voicejockeys.com website.
A summary of the changes includes:
A couple of provisions I am especially pleased with deal with the pay:
Also gone are the provisions that the Talent could be “forced” to fulfill the contract by being dragged into Court for “specific performance,” or so the Company could obtain “injunctive relief” against the Talent.
All of these are very positive changes.
PAYMENT TERMS COMING
As far as the pricing structure and the commission, those are still pending.
Several proposals were exchanged, including:
I have been informed by representatives of the Company that these payment-related changes require more extensive re-programming of their website to implement, so that they are not prepared to unroll these changes until sometime this summer.
They have represented to me that they are in the process of incorporating these changes and, for the time being, are concentrating on the higher-paying narration work until the fee structure can be revamped.
VoiceJockeys, in my opinion, has acted in good faith so far. So I am willing to take them at their word that the pay will improve in the near future.
For the time being, at least, I can rest assured in knowing the Talent who sign up will not be walking into any legal hornets nests on this site, and that now, they will be able to make an informed choice as to whether they want to work for the stated rates and 50% commission, with no hidden traps.
For me personally, I am not willing to work for so little, as I believe that it undervalues my services.
But that is up to individuals to decide.
ABOUT ROB ...
Robert Sciglimpaglia Jr. is an attorney with the firm of Kerin & Canty, Norwalk, CT. He is also a voice-over artist, on-camera actor, and owner of All in One Voice – a company specializing in voice-over instruction, demos and business services.
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