Ken Slevin is the CEO/President of Cunningham, Escott, Slevin, Doherty (CESD,) the highly successful, bi-coastal talent agency.
He started his career in 1978 at Abrams Artists and moved to Cunningham, Escott, Dipene four years later. In 1995, Slevin was promoted to Executive Vice President, managing the New York office, and a decade later he bought the agency and became its CEO/President.
In 2010, Slevin was elected President of the National Association of Talent Representatives (NATR) and has been a Tony voter since 2012. In addition to running the agency, he mentors artists and agents in the industry, many who have gone on to successful careers.
Born and raised in Forest Hills, New York, Slevin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations at Boston University’s School of Public Communication.
When not working, he enjoys the theater ,gardening , baseball, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Slevin presently resides in New Rochelle, New York, with Jane Slevin, his wife of 33 years, a Marriage and Family Therapist. They have two grown children, Sam and Julie, who live in New York City.
Dave Fennoy has been a preeminent voice working in Los Angeles since 1990 and one of the most versatile voices in the industry providing voices for Commercials, Narrations, TV Promos, Award Shows, Animation and Games.
His promo clients over the years include HULU.COM, ABC, The WB, Fox, CBS, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, The Disney Channel and TV One. His campaign spokesvoice credits include Lexus, McDonalds, Corona Beer, KFC, Toyota, Chrysler, and ATT, Time Life Music R&B/Gospel and Southern Company. Gamers enjoy his work on STARCRAFT II, Metal Gear, That’s So Raven, Ultimate Spiderman, Delta Force, Star Wars, Laura Croft Tomb Raider, and many others. Narration credits include programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Science Channel’s popular series, “When Earth Erupts”. His various film voices include “Ghost Rider”, “Happy Feet”,and “King’s Ransom”, and he has proved a cartoon favorite in such series as The LeBrons, Kim Possible, Ben 10, Darkwing Duck, New Kids on the Block, Pro Stars, Johnny Quest and Sonic the Hedgehog. Dave has been the show voice for several TV and Award shows, among them Late Night with Gregg Kinnear, The Billboard Music Awards, The Teen Choice Awards, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and for the past 15 years The NAACP Image Awards.
Mr. Fennoy is a sought-after VO instructor, and the subject of a chapter in the book “Secrets of Voiceover Success” by Joan Baker.
Lori Alan started talking as soon as she fell out of the womb, and hasn’t stopped since. A native of the Washington, DC area, her passion for entertaining led the five-year-old actress to make her television debut as the star of a Shakey’s Pizza commercial. She went on to graduate with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and set off cutting her teeth on the comedy circuit, as a longtime member of New York’s Gotham City Improv (Groundlings East).
Lori is perhaps best known for her award-winning voice-over work. Recently honored by her peers at the First Annual Voice Arts Awards (the Academy Awards for Voice-Overs) Lori took first-place prizes for Outstanding Body Of Work and Outstanding National Television Commercial. She starred as Diane Simmons on Family Guy, Pearl the Whale on SpongeBob: Squarepants, and Sue Richards, The Invisible Woman, on Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four, among many other fantastic animated roles (Monster’s University, Toy Story 3, Despicable Me 2, WALL•E, Henry Hugglemonster, Metal Gear Solid, Cow and Chicken, Animaniacs, and Futurama) and a long, successful commercial career.
Lori Alan has firm roots in theatre, where she’s thrived for over three decades. She most recently mounted a smash solo show, Lori Alan: The Musical, and appeared alongside Paul Reubens in The Pee-Wee Herman Show. Of her role as Queen Celia in the hit musical Sneaux!, Backstage West proclaimed, “Lori Alan might give Carol Burnett pause!” She originated the role of Mae in the award-winning musical Reefer Madness, a performance that earned raves from Kenny Morse of CBS Radio, who called her “a standout whose talent will take her very far”. Luckily, that talent brought Lori right to the small screen.
From roles on the gripping Showtime drama Ray Donovan, to the hilarious Comedy Central gem Workaholics, to the deliciously naughty Desperate Housewives, Lori’s energy and natural essence flow effortlessly from genre to genre. A true character actress in every sense of the word, when Lori speaks, the world listens. She delves deeply into her material, emerging with the power to make the audience laugh and cry in the same moment. Her television career has flourished with appearances on Bones, Southland, CSI, 90210, Law and Order (both LA and the original), and every other show imaginable.
Lori lives in Los Angeles with the love of her life, Sir Philip Bumble, her 4-legged, “soulmate” Bichon-Lhasas Apso mix, who she rescued out of a pile of gasoline in Beverly Hills. In the true spirit of activism, one of Lori’s sole purposes is to fight for the end of consumption of dog meat in Asia and here in the U.S., mostly by means of legislative change, protests and raising awareness of the brutal and illegal trafficking of dogs. Bringing home these meat trade survivors to make them beloved service dogs for our veterans with PTSD is a project near and dear to her heart. Lori also sits on the board of Pickle Pants Dog Rescue in Los Angeles, which focuses on rescuing, rehabing, and rehoming animals otherwise set for death row from high kill shelters. A frequent contributor to The Pet Matchmaker, Peace4Animals, and World Animal News, Lori’s either on the street, on air or writing to help educate folks about animal welfare. A proud vegan, Lori is a celebrity supporter of the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. Her other hobbies include tutoring homeless children, singing in the shower- or anywhere for that matter-, discovering new gluten-free cookies, and trying to switch to decaf. Despite having no kids, she is a MILF.
A native Angelino, Sylvia Villagran grew up with the “only Spanish spoken in the home” rule and now thanks her parents for her serious bilingual skills. Those skills, along with the ability to switch her reads from sophisticated to urban have made Sylvia one of the most versatile voice actresses working today in both the English and Spanish markets.
Sylvia has voiced promos for Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, NBC’s the Today Show, Disney Jr. among many others. Her extensive commercial resume includes the likes of Verizon, Toysrus, Samsung and Crest to name a few. She’s also had the pleasure of being the live announcer for many shows such as the MTV VMA’s, Critics Choice Movie Awards, the Writer’s Guild Awards, and most recently, was back as the live announcer for this year’s historic Democratic National Convention.
DAN GREENBERGER is a Writer/Producer of on-air promos for CBS Television, where his credits include “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Two and a Half Men,” and many others. He has also created promos for Comedy Central, The WB Network, FX, and The Disney Channel.
He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and a two-time Writers Guild Award winner.
Howard Cogan started as a broadcaster in Canada where he spun the hits on radio stations in Vancouver and Toronto covering the gamut of formats from CHR to Classic Rock. After experiencing difficulty filling out unemployment forms, Howard became a voice actor in 2001. His dry sardonic reads could be heard on beer and fast food commercials. This approach led to his first Radio Imaging gig or Un-radio imaging gig with a station in Vancouver BC called Jack FM. As the format spread throughout North America Howard was used as the imaging for the Jack Stations.
Howard can also be heard doing Television Promos for ABC’s Modern Family and FX’s “You’re the Worst. as well as some other shows that have been cancelled. Howard is also amusing himself by writing and producing comedy in his basement in Los Angeles.
Joe Cipriano began his career as a broadcaster in Waterbury, Connecticut, while still in high school. Since then Joe has worked on the air for the Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS TV and Radio networks, achieving success on and off camera.
For over 25 years now Joe is known as the Original and best known “Voice” of FOX.
For the last 16 years Joe has held a similar position as one of the Signature Voices at CBS.
He also spent two years as the voice of NBC Dramas from 2005 to 2007. Wow, this guy gets around!
In the past several years Joe Cipriano has also been the “live” announcer for many of television’s biggest events such as the prestigious Grammy Awards which is broadcast live from Los Angeles to 195 countries reaching an estimated 1.7 Billion viewers.
Joe has also been the live voice of the 57th, 59th and 60th Annual Emmy Awards broadcasts. Other highlights include “The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards”, “The VH1 Honors”, “GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year Awards”, “Elton John Live” and many other live Television events.
In 1988, the Fox Television Network chose Joe Cipriano to be their “Image Voice”, as the fledgling company attempted to become a bonafide fourth network. With the help of Joe Cipriano as their youthful-sounding voice, Fox was able to establish itself as a winner and today Fox is the Number 1 Television Network in America with adults 18-49.
In 1997 the CBS Television Network looked to Joe to assist in changing its image to attract a younger audience. His voice is closely associated with some of CBS Television’s brightest comedies such as “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “The King of Queens” and today continues to voice promos for “Two and a Half Men”, “Rules of Engagement” and “Mike and Molly.”
In 2005 Joe headed to Burbank for a two-year stint as the Signature voice for NBC dramas including, Heroes, ER, and Law and Order.
Joe continues to voice promos for outlets such as ABC, Blockbuster Ticket, Disney and for years was the signature voice of The Food Network.
He is also heard as the image voice of radio and TV stations all over the country including CW50 Detroit, MY24 Baltimore, Fresh 102.7 New York, WCFS Chicago, Boom 973 Toronto and Star 94-1 San Diego to name just a few.
From 1993 to 2003 Joe served as co-host on the very successful, internationally syndicated radio program, “The World Chart Show.” This weekly two-hour count down show featured the planet’s hottest hits on 250 Radio Stations Worldwide with stories about and interviews with international music stars and celebrities. Talk about good Karma, “The World Chart Show” dedicated itself to generating international support for preservation of the planet’s reefs and rain forests, by joining in a global effort with The Nature Conservancy, a private non-profit organization.
Joe has also filled-in for Casey Kasem on American Top 40 which is heard on top radio stations all across America and Worldwide.
Joe has achieved success on-camera in Hollywood , in commercials with several national spots, and in acting for TV and movies. In 1990, Joe was a co-star in the NBC sitcom, “Knight and Daye” starring Jack Warden, Mason Adams and Hope Lange, produced by Babaloo Mandel and Lowel Ganz.
From 1987 to 1992, Joe produced and hosted two popular shows that aired in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe, Japan . The “LA Express” and “Toyota California Classics” scored record ratings in their time slots and enjoyed a long, successful run on the air in Japan.
Today, Joe and his wife Ann along with their two children live in Bel Air, CA. Joe is an avid tennis player and supporter of the game who lends his time to hosting and MCing benefit tennis events throughout Los Angeles. He is also the Founding Member of the Don LaFontaine Voice Over Lab at the SAG Actors Center. The Lab is a tribute to Joe’s good friend Don LaFontaine, who passed away in September of 2008.
In 2010 Joe was awarded the very first Don LaFontaine Legacy Award which recognizes a voice of impact as determined by a specialized industry committee. Through the criteria of character, longevity, talent, professionalism and the passion for giving back, the voting committee agreed that Joe embodies much of Don’s defining legacy.
Since the mid 90’s, Justin Case has immersed himself in everything radio. He made his Albuquerque debut at the young age of 14. Doing what he could with an unbelievably high pitched voice and no experience, Justin worked from weekend shifts and fill in, to now an afternoon jock, mix show coordinator and imaging director, as well as the National Urban Imaging Director and voiceover artist for Benztown Radio Networks. Knowing that this was his passion, Justin received his Master’s certificate in music production & technology from the Berklee School of Music in 2008. Justin is also highly recognized in the Albuquerque nightlife culture and arguably one of the best DJs in the Southwest. The TW!X M!X which airs nightly with Justin’s parent station, KDLW – 97-7 OMG Radio/Albuquerque, is now heard in New York City. Justin has acquired critical acclaim through multiple media outlets and has achieved a variety of accomplishments; he has truly become a jack-of-all-trades.
You’ve heard Melissa on The Simpson’s, starring in the 3-time Emmy nominated Nickelodeon series As Told By Ginger, on McDonald’s TV/radio, as the first…female voice of movie trailers and as the live announcer for the 2010 Emmy Awards. She’s the singing voice of Disney’s Snow White and provides her “princess” voice for numerous toys and albums. In her on camera work, she won Best Picture, Audience Favorite and Best Actress at the Los Angeles 168 Film Festival for her work in the indie films Stained, Up in the Air and Snare. Sketch comedy — The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Melissa’s original music is now playing on Indie radio and itunes. MelissaDisney.com Represented by Nate Zeitz & Hoss/CESD Talent Agency
Doug Melville (Twitter | LinkedIn) is the Chief Diversity Officer of TBWA\Worldwide, and works with the North American network of agencies on Diversity efforts across talent outreach, culture and creative vendor relationships. He’s presented two TEDx talks on the topic, and has lead TBWA to over $100 million in spend with female and diverse owned and operated businesses in the creative space. Prior to joining TBWA, Melville was Founder and CEO of RedCarpets.com. From ’05 to ’09 Melville worked alongside Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the President of his Ad Agency, and as VP of Business Development & Marketing for his portfolio of partners and for his New York Times best selling book 32 Ways to be a Champion in Business.
In ’03 Melville was recognized by Advertising Age, as a “Top Twentysomething in America” and featured him in its 75th Anniversary Issue’s “Next Generation Redefines the Ad Model.”
He was the recipient of the 2014 American Advertising Federation (AAF) Educator Award, and currently sits on the ADCOLOR Board of Directors, the Eventive Marketing Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of the AAF as Vice Chair of the Mosaic Council.
Pat Duke hails from Nashville, Tennessee. Born into a musical family, Pat began his recording career at the age of 14. Pat thrived in Music City as a successful studio singer, musician, producer, and Emmy Award winning composer. He has performed on stage and in the studio with many superstars, including Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Gladys Knight, and Josh Groban.
Eventually, Pat moved to Chicago to continue his music career. Early on, Pat’s unique speaking voice caught the ear of legendary Chicago talent agent, Sharon Wottrich. She immediately signed Pat, and Leo Burnett advertising cast him as the long-time Voice of Miller Lite. From that point, his voice acting career skyrocketed. To date, Pat has performed on over 10,000 national commercials. Duke has voiced seven Super Bowl spots, one winning the prestigious Promax BDA Award for Best Voice Over.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Pat’s work has expanded from mostly commercials to include animation, narration, promo, and interactive gaming. Pat has studied acting with Pat Fraley, Ed Asner, Brad Garrett, Nancy Cartwright, Marice Tobias, Barbara Harris, Dave Walsh, Ginny McSwain, Kathy Kalmenson, and Carroll Kimble.
5 years as The voice of Kellogg’s Krave Cereal
5 years as The Voice of Miller Lite
5 years as The Voice of Coors Beer
7 years as The Voice of Bullseye BBQ Sauce
5 years as The Voice of KFC
4 years as The Voice of NAPA Auto Parts
4 years as The Voice of Kool-Aid Man
Obama Campaign 2008 and 2012, Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, Budweiser, Coors, Coors Light, Michelob, NAPA, Bullseye, KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, White Castle, Burger King, Heinz Ketchup, Keebler Elves, Raisin Bran, Pop Tarts, Apple Jacks, Chex Snack Mix, Cheezits, Sears, B. F. Goodrich, Prell, All State, Radio Shack, Kraft Cheese, Midas, Hefty, Cheer, Buick, 7-11, Kool-Aid Man, Ace Hardware, Kentucky Derby, International Trucks
History Channel, “Swamp People”
Tennis Channel, “The Grand Slam Events”
National Geographic, “Rock Stars”
National Geographic, “Wild Alaska”
ESPN, “NASCAR Memories”
Discovery, “Texas Car Wars”
Destination America, “Buying The Bayou”
National Geographic, “Breakout”
“League Of Legends”, Tahm Kench
“HALO: Reach”, Colonel Urban Hollan,
“Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic”, multiple characters
“World of Warcraft”, Lord Anthricyst
“Arcania”, Thorus and ancillary characters
“Jimmy Johnson Racing”, Hank Husky Varner
Animation and Film
THOR, Frost Giant Sentry
Happy Feet Two, Penguin Voices
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, Giant Snowman
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, Cartoon Network, The Fart, multiple characters
Finding Paradiso, Anime, multiple characters
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, multiple voices
2015 Voice Arts Award, Best Narration Demo
2015 Voice Arts Award, Best Voice Actor, Tahm Kench, League of Legends
2014 Promax BDA Award, Best Voiceover
2012 Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, Annecy International Film Festival (Paris) Annie Award
What Clients Say About Pat Duke
Brian Catalina Original Media
Executive Producer, “Swamp People”, History Channel
Casting the voice-over artist for Swamp People was challenging. We needed a unique voice, and then we discovered Pat Duke. Pat’s reads are so powerful and spot-on, he has become a key “character” in our series and an important reason why Swamp People has become a break-out hit for History Channel. Pat’s skills extend beyond the command of his remarkable voice. He is a consummate professional who breathes life into our words and makes every session fun. I’m his biggest fan!
VP/Executive Producer, Foote Cone and Belding, Chicago
Pat Duke was the voice of KFC for 5 years. We listened to hundreds of voices, but still hadn’t found the perfect fit. Then we heard Pat. Those great pipes with just a hint of southern cut right through. Combine that with the ability to massage copy even when it’s moving fast and the talent to subtly make every word ‘taste’ good and you’ve got Pat Duke. Great voice, great attitude, fun to work with and a total pro, I recommend finding out for yourself.
Voiceover artist Rachael Naylor – Voice of That’s Voiceover
Rachael Naylor is a well know London based British voice actor/voiceover artist. She trained at Richmond Drama School, in West London as an actress. She’s been working in the industry for many years now has been the voice of lots of very well know and popular brands including Virgin Media, BMW, Vauxhall, Olay, Sure, Channel 5 and lots more. Her voice is heard on hundreds of commercials, promo’s, documentaries, imaging, narrations, animations, video games and more. Rachael is honoured to have been asked to be the voice for the brilliant voiceover conference That’s Voiceover.
Rachael is also founder of The VoiceOver Network, Editor of The Buzz magazine, host of The Voiceover Hour as well as being an award winning entrepreneur.