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.
Chief Diversity Officer
TBWA/Worldwide 1Chief Diversity Officer
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.
Melville graduated from Syracuse University.
Performer/Master Teacher/ Backstage Vanguard Award Winner,
PatFraleyTeaches.com 1Performer/Master Teacher/ Backstage Vanguard Award Winner,
In 1985, he voiced Ace on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Hillbilly Jim on Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling. He played Slick the Turtle on ABC‘s The Littles. He later did the voices of Coach Frogface and Sludge on Galaxy High. A versatile voice artist n 1987, Fraley voiced 58 characters on the animated TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Al, Aleister, Army Colonel, Antrax, Billy Jim Bob McJames, Bully, Chakahachi, Clown, Dr. Davens, Electrozapper, Erik/Erk Krang, Casey Jones, Cheese shop owner, Dippy, Dirtbag, Baxter Stockman, Barney Stockman, Gas station worker, The Great Boldini, Jewelry store salesman, Joey, Hans, Zak the Nutrino, Granitor, Burne Thompson, Kazuo Saki, Library security guard, Maitre’d, Malathor, Man with cotton candy, Mr. Reilly, Napoleon Bonafrog, Nasty Krangazoid, Obento, Rich man, Police chief, Policeman, Professor Mindbender, Raptor, Ray, Rodney’s butler, Sailor, Scaredy Krangazoid, Scumbug, Seymour/Security guard, Short criminal, Sergeant O’Flaherty, Shogun, Slash, Smarty Krangazoid, Titanus, Turtle cab driver, Wally cleaver, and Vernon Fenwick.
In the 1980s and 1990s he appeared in guest roles on animated series such as Denver, the Last Dinosaur, Garfield and Friends, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, Little Clowns of Happytown, The New Yogi Bear Show, Filmation’s Ghostbusters, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Gargoyles, Yo Yogi!, Batman: The Animated Series, Bobby’s World, The Tick, James Bond Jr., The Mask: The Animated Series, The Little Mermaid, and The Angry Beavers.
Pat voiced the title character in BraveStarr, Fireball in Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Cousin It in The Addams Family, Max Ray in Ruby Spears’ The Centurions, Lurky, Buddy Blue, On-X and Evil Force in Rainbow Brite, young Scrooge McDuck and Sir Guy Standforth in DuckTales, Gwumpki in Quack Pack, Sniff in Space Cats and as Wildcat in TaleSpin. He also voiced Kyle the Cat on The Tom and Jerry Kids Show and lead character, Marshal Moo Montana in Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa as well as Tuffy Smurf in The Smurfs.
In 2004, Fraley appeared on Nickelodeon‘s My Life as a Teenage Robot and ChalkZone. The following year, he had a minor role in Disney’s animated film The Wild and also voiced Fred’s uncle Karl on an episode of What’s New, Scooby-Doo?. He also had a role on camera as Mr. Harris in ‘Til Death and did voices in the two live-action films The High Crusade and The Fisher King.
Chairman & CEO
SOVAS™ 1Chairman & CEO
Rudy Gaskins is Chairman and CEO of the Society of Voice Arts And Sciences™ (SOVAS™). An an Emmy-winning producer, he is also the and CCO of Push Creative Advertising, a branding services company providing strategic marketing, design and production for broadcast and cable networks. Clients include WEtv, Tribeca Film Festival, Samsung, FOX News Channel, BET, American Express, Spike TV, ABC Television, Sentient Publications, WABC New York, MSNBC, and NBC Sports. As a trained film director and former producer of programming for PBS, Gaskins has now expanded Push Creative’s production scope to include the development TV programming focused on reality, news talk, game shows and documentaries.
Gaskins began his professional career after graduating from NYU’s Film and Television program. He directed and produced several award-winning short films before signing on as an apprentice film editor on Francis Coppola’s The Cotton Club. From there he went on to work with some of the most influential filmmakers of our time, including Jonathan Demme, Brian DePalma, Milos Forman, Spike Lee, and Alan Pakula. He then joined PBS as producer/director/writer and produced 12 hours of documentary programming.
The PBS journalistic tradition was an ideal training ground and a perfect complement for his next challenge as writer/producer with ABC News advertising and promotion. At ABC he oversaw the writing and production of advertising messages for World News Tonight featuring the legendary Peter Jennings, 20/20 with Barbara Walters and Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer.
He was then afforded an opportunity to join Court TV where he became vice president of creative services, developing the on-air branding strategy and network identity. Gaskins played a central role in the successful re-launch of Court TV from a news network to a new/entertainment venue — overseeing an award-winning re-branding campaign.
3 years ago, Backstage Magazine partnered with Rudy Gaskins and his wife, Joan Baker to bring you the VOICEOVER EXCHANGE: A monthly advice column that delivers in-depth coaching advice, and answers to the burning questions about the voiceover industry. Rudy and Joan sahre their vast experience, and bring in other pros from around the world to fill in the blanks. VOICEOVER EXCHANGE covers commercials, animation, gaming, promos, live announcing, audiobook narration, program narration, movie trailers, marketing and more. If you read it in the VOICEOVER EXCHANGE, you can bank on it.
Director - Supplier Diversity
NBCUniversal 1Director - Supplier Diversity
Manager, Trade Marketing Americas
Pro Audio Solutions and Sennheiser 1Manager, Trade Marketing Americas
Pro Audio Solutions and Sennheiser
Voice Actor/Host/Radio Host
1Voice Actor/Host/Radio Host
David Kaye’s voice over career began with ‘The Great American Hero’, General Hawk in the DIC animation series, GI Joe in 1989. Working as an on air talent for radio station CKLG (LG73) quickly became less interesting as both on camera and behind the mic roles started taking up more time. Over the next decade and a half David’s on camera burgeoned along with his voice career. On camera opportunities came in the form of guest roles on various TV series and movies such as ‘Battle Star Galactica’ the ‘X-Files’ and ‘Murder In My Mind’ with Stacy Keach and Nicolette Sheridan, and ‘Dead Man’s Gun’ with Michael York.
Also during this time Kaye was being cast in some of the first of hundreds of animation shows and video games. So many, in fact, this now became the main focus of his career and he’s never looked back.
David’s biggest moment was when he was cast as ‘Megatron’ in 1994 in the wonderfully popular series ‘Transformers.’ As a new animation art form was taking off bolstered by Mainframe Entertainment. ‘Beast Wars’ was born (‘Beasties’ in Canada) and would run for four seasons of “…the most fun you could ever have!”, says Kaye. Thus began an almost a twenty year relationship with the ‘Transformers’ franchise. In 2007, David “crossed over” to become the only actor in the history of the franchise to play the lead villain AND the lead hero when he was cast as ‘Optimus Prime’ for Cartoon Network’s ‘Transformers: Animated.” He was inducted into the ‘Transformers Hall of Fame’ in 2016.
For Anime fans, David Kaye has been the voice behind ‘Sesshomaru’ in the English dubbed ‘Inuyasha’ series, ‘Treize Khushrenada’ in ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Wing,’ ‘Recoome’ in ‘Dragon Ball Z’ (’96-’98) and as the high strung father, ‘Soun Tendo’ in ‘Ranma 1/2′. His anime work still brings fans to conventions to meet him.
After commuting between Vancouver and Los Angeles for almost 10 years a full time move to LA was inevitable. Shortly after the move, David landed a role in Disney/Pixar’s Oscar winning movie, ‘Up.’
As the work keeps coming in, David’s voice can be heard in Insomniac’s ‘Ratchet & Clank’ video game series as well as the motion picture (2016) as the loveable robot ‘Clank and “Hale’ on ‘The Resistance: Fall of Man” franchise. He’s also been featured in ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’ as ‘Mysterio’, ‘Nick Fury’ and ‘Captain America’ in ‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2’, ‘Missing Link’ in ‘Monsters vs Aliens: The Game’ and many more.
David is currently the voice of Grampa Max in the hugely popular Ben 10 franchise, The voice of J.A.R.V.I.S and Vision for Marvels animated Avenger series adding to the hundreds of other animation credits under his belt. “I’m trying to juggle about 5 shows right now and it’s fun as hell, but it can be a scramble.”
With ongoing commitments now for movie trailers, network promo for ABC, Fox, CW and a host of radio and television affiliates and a lot of commercial work, the days get a little tight from time to time. So much so, that he even has a unit that he can use to record from his car. “Don’t worry, I actually have to pull over”, he says.
The projects continue to line up and unfortunately, the days don’t get any longer. David says “You won’t ever hear me complain, though. I’m working with the coolest people on the planet and deeply love what I do… I’ve put a request in for a 28 hour day!”
Demo Producer/Radio Imaging Coach
Ear Blowing Audio Productions 1Demo Producer/Radio Imaging Coach
Ear Blowing Audio Productions
Eric Romanowski of Ear Blowing Audio Productions has quickly taken his place as an elite voiceover demo producer and radio imaging voice coach. He has produced top-caliber demos (Radio Imaging, Commercial, Promo, Affiliate, Narration, Character, and IVR) for some of the biggest voice artists in the industry, including Ben Patrick Johnson, Jeff Berlin, Roberta Solomon, Steve Stone, Jen Sweeney, Anthony Mendez, and Lisa Biggs. Eric is a trusted and sought after Radio Imaging Demo Producer, regularly referred by top agents, managers, and coaches for their VO talent. Eric built his reputation as a “production wizard” with a radio career spanning two decades at Entercom and iHeart. He has crafted imaging heard worldwide in every format, working with legendary VO talent like Brian Lee, Randy Thomas, Dave Foxx, Chris Corley, John Pleisse and Dave Ferguson. Eric’s commitment to quality, passionate drive, and his ability to zero in on what makes each client unique has led to the success of Ear Blowing Audio Productions. Eric is achieving his dream as a demo producer and coach, and looks forward to helping you achieve your dream of becoming the next voiceover superstar. Hear “ear blowing” demo production samples at earblowingaudio.com
Today Show, NBCUniversal 1Writer/Producer
Today Show, NBCUniversal
NBC News Marketing – Image and Special Series Promotion and Marketing for NBC News.
ROKERTHON 2: Taking America by Storm
Matt’s Epic Ride for Red Nose Day
Together We Make Football
TODAY Takes Off
#Loveyourselfie – 1 & 2
Today at the Sochi Olympics 2014
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Co-Founder of SOVAS™ 1Host/Voice Actor/Coach,
Co-Founder of SOVAS™
™™Joan Baker is the author of Secrets of Voice-Over Success and monthly columnist for Backstage Magazines. She is the co-founder/producer of That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo, which is now part of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS™), along with the Voice Arts® Awards.
As a voice actor, Joan has performed hundreds of promos and commercials for TV, film and radio throughout her highly regarded career – including work for ABC News, American Express, ESPN, BLOOMBERG TV and radio, Showtime, HBO, NBA Entertainment, Olay, Lens Express, Sony Music, JP Morgan Chase, Costco, and The New York Times. You could even say that Joan’s talents reach the highest levels of American royalty and deep into the political zeitgeist: She voiced a TV ad campaign for The Muhammad Ali Center and narrated a documentary about the founding of the William Jefferson Clinton Library, now part of the library’s permanent display.
From her Manhattan studio in the Ed Sullivan Building, Joan coaches students in the craft of professional voice acting and voiceover career management, working with students from beginner level to seasoned professional. She provides one-on-one privates session in person and via Skype. Call 212-269-0700 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Today Show, NBCUniversal 1Creative Director
Today Show, NBCUniversal
Emmy® Award-Winning Creative Director and Director, head of creative for all TODAY show on-air and in-show promotion
Inside Edition 1Sr. Correspondent
Les Trent is a New York-based senior correspondent. He joined CBS Television Distribution’s INSIDE EDITION in the fall of 2000.
Trent was one of the first journalists to bring the incredible story of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the Golden Voice, to America’s attention. He also reported the disturbing story of Jodi Barrus, the Iowa High School teacher wrongfully accused and acquitted of having sex with one of her students.
Trent has covered such high-profile stories as the Super Bowl, the 9-11 attacks and the heartbreaking aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was one of the first journalists to report from inside St. Rita’s Nursing Home, where 34 elderly residents perished after being left behind during the height of the storm.
Trent has covered breaking stories around the world for more than a decade. He was on the 2004 and 2008 campaign trails interviewing the presidential candidates. The New York Observer praised Trent for his insightful and persistent questioning of then U.S. Sen. John Edwards and declared that Trent “stole the show” at the presidential hopeful’s Manhattan press conference.
Trent has provided INSIDE EDITION’s coverage of the Cannes Film Festival over the years, and he traveled to Rome for a Vatican screening of the CBS miniseries on the life of the late Pope John Paul II, scoring an interview with actor Jon Voight about his starring role as the late pontiff.
Prior to joining INSIDE EDITION, Trent spent five years as an on-air correspondent for King World’s “American Journal.” He also served more than 10 years as a local reporter in San Francisco. He started his career in Buffalo, N.Y., where he has been inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Trent is a graduate of Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, and resides in Newark, N.J.
Most recognized as the host and producer of A&E Television Networks Emmy Award winning show Private Sessions, a weekly music performance and interview series airing in the US and 17 other countries. During the show’s 5-season run, Lynn interviewed many of the top names in contemporary music and film, such as Ringo Starr, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Sting, Dustin Hoffman, Gregg Allman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Carly Simon, Mary J. Blige, Alan Jackson, Michael Douglas, Daughtry, Sheryl Crow, Train, Annie Lennox, and Ricky Martin. Many more have fallen under the spell of Lynn’s engaging warmth, quick wit, and sincerity. The show became cable television’s most-watched music and interview series.
At 19, Lynn recorded her first radio commercial and began making her professional mark with an on-air position at Metro Networks in Boston as a traffic, news, and entertainment reporter at 21.
Lynn’s electrifying energy quickly earned her an invitation to join WBMX-FM’s new morning show, Lander in the Morning in Boston. She went on to co-host the show for more than five years, helping to make it one of the highest rated morning radio shows in the country in a top 10 market. She also paired that with a position as fill-in entertainment reporter for Boston’s CBS TV affiliate, WBZ Channel 4.
In 2002, Lynn moved to New York City, and was quickly hired as the first on-camera host for MTV’s newest digital tv channel, VH1 Classic, where she hosted numerous interviews and music specials. She later became the energetic host of what would become their highest rated show, The VH1 Classic All Request Hour.
In 2004, she was tapped to host her own morning radio show for CBS Radio’s WNEW, Mix 102.7 in New York.
In 2007, Lynn was scooped up by A&E Television Networks to host her own music performance and interview series, Private Sessions, where she was nominated for her first Emmy award.
Still capturing listening audiences and branding media properties in numerous major and mid-sized markets throughout North America, including Hawaii, Lynn is the news, promo and commercial imaging voice for some of TV and Radio’s largest media companies, including CBS Radio, iHeart Media, Alpha Media, Sinclair Broadcasting, Cumulus Media, LIN TV Corporation and Premiere Radio Networks.
Sr. Supervising Producer/Writer
NBC News Marketing 1Sr. Supervising Producer/Writer
NBC News Marketing
Miranda Patterson is the senior supervising producer/writer for NBC News Marketing. When Miranda began her career at NBC, scripts were written on typewriters. That’s probably all you need to know, but here’s a little more anyway.
As a writer/producer for NBC’s Advertising & Promotion department, Miranda began with a client roster of Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and Saturday Night Live. That list grew to include the stars of the World Wrestling Federation and several years worth of Miss America contestants. All the stories you’ve heard about that time in TV history – the fun and free-wheeling days all the old timers talk about – it’s all true. That’s probably all you need to know about that too.
From those crazy days, Miranda moved on to the Today show, where she spent a decade, by then a senior supervising writer/producer. Now, as creative director, her client list includes all the news properties of NBC.
Over the years, Miranda has worked with celebrities, with actors, with lunatics and with children. She has worked with graphic designers, music composers, on-air talent and industry beginners. And more lunatics. She’s won awards for spots that were deserving and for spots that weren’t. There was also an award she didn’t win but still thinks she should have…it’s about time to let that go.
She has also spent many hours working with people who want to do voice-overs. And, even after all these years in the business, she thinks it’s fun.
CESD 1Talent Agent
Nate Zeitz, CESD Talent Agency Vice President, National TV Affiliate& Radio Imaging
With a diverse roster of the most accomplished voice over talent spanning the broadcasting industries, since 2002 Nate Zeitz has built and continues to lead the TV Affiliate and Radio Imaging Divisions of the Promo Department for CESD Talent Agency East & West.
Zeitz combines great energy with years of experience that gives him a firm understanding of the challenges and complexities in today’s constantly-evolving television and radio industries. His goal always is to achieve and negotiate market exclusive license agreements for his clients as they deliver their talent in strong marketing partnerships, enabling stations to utilize their unique and versatile voices to enhance overall station brands and win stronger market share.
Zeitz’s strong buyer list of domestic and international television and radio affiliates/stations serves numerous broadcasting companies including:
iHeartMedia, Cumulus Media, CBS Radio, Entercom Communications, Cox Media Group, Urban One, Townsquare Media, Beasley Media, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Bell Media, Rogers Media, Corus Entertainment, Newcap Broadcasting, Harvard Broadcasting, The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Sinclair Broadcasting, Tribune Broadcasting, CBS Television, NBC Television, ABC Television, Fox Television, Meredith Corporation, Scripps Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcasting and still dozens more.
Based in the nation’s media and entertainment capitals of New York City and Los Angeles, CESD Talent Agency is one of the nation’s premiere commercial, voice-over, print, theatrical/TV-film, digital and young performer talent agencies; providing representation to a wide array of talent including voice-over artists, celebrities, actors, dancers, models and digital influencers — with comprehensive, experienced voice-imaging client representation that emphasizes partnership with television and radio affiliate marketing.
Voice Actor/Radio Imaging
1Voice Actor/Radio Imaging
I am a radio imaging and voice over specialist. My professional radio career started in 1981 at WOCQ in Ocean City, MD. I then went on to work at various radio stations in the Baltimore/Washington corridor WBSB (B104 Baltimore), WAVA (Washington, DC), WDJY (HOT 100-FM Washington)WXYV (V103 Baltimore), WGHT(HOT 95.9 Baltimore), WKHI (100 KHI Ocean City), and WRQX (Q107 Washington). 1996 I left WXYV V103, started Pat Garrett Creative and went out on my own as a radio imaging specialist. I am best known for my work in radio and television and can be heard in major markets throughout the US, including News WCBS/New York, WBLS /New York Urban AC KTWV/Los Angeles, Classic Hits WLS-FM/Chicago, Country KPLX/Dallas, Urban AC WDAS/Philadelphia, Sports Talk WJFK,WJZ-FM,WHFS-FM and Sports Radio 1090 Seattle, Country WSM-FM/Nashville, Hot AC WWMX /Baltimore, WJZ-TV/ Baltimore and many more. In 2000 I expanded Pat Garrett Creative and created a sister company, The Spot Factory, which offers clients both the creative talent and technological expertise to address the needs of today’s competitive broadcast marketplace. All spots I produce are done using the best in special effects, music scoring and digital recording studios. In addition to my major market radio and television work, I also do a wide variety of DJ drops for club DJ’s and Internet Broadcasters. Pat currently splits his time between Jacksonville, Florida and Harwood, Md with his wife Beth and her son Brian. Represented by Nate Zeitz/CESD Talent Agency
J. Michael Collins
Voice Actor/Demo Producer/Coach
1Voice Actor/Demo Producer/Coach
With over twenty years as a professional voice actor, J Michael Collins has worked with some of the biggest companies, brands, sports leagues, and organizations on the planet. In addition to his work in the classic, agency-based world of VO, J. Michael has established himself as the leading authority in the online casting space and has become recognized as an industry leading talent coach and demo producer as well. J. Michael was the winner of the 2016 VoiceArts Awards for Outstanding Radio Commercial-Best Voiceover, Outstanding Political Announcement-Best Voiceover, and was the producer of 2016’s Outstanding Narration Demo.
SVP Partnership Creative,
NBCUniversal 1SVP Partnership Creative,
Patrick Trettenero (SVP Partnership Creative, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Networks) created and oversees USA+SYFY Brandworks, the in-house creative agency for NBCUniversal’s Cable Entertainment networks. With Brandworks, he has spearheaded the development and execution of an innovative, industry-leading portfolio of co-branded initiatives in service of USA’s advertising clients. Brandworks has garnered more than 20 Promax awards over the last 10 years.
In addition to his duties running USA+SYFY Brandworks, Patrick serves as Executive Creative Director for NBCUniversal’s Upfront events and presentations. He also helms creative for NBCU Cable’s pro-social campaign “Erase The Hate” as well as all NBCU Symphony cross-portfolio promotion for USA and SYFY.
He previously served on the board of the Northwestern University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association, and served a three-year term as East Coast hub leader for OUT@NBCU, the GLBT Employee Resource Group at NBCU.
Additionally, he has been an active volunteer for Bellevue Hospital’s “Reach Out and Read” childhood literacy program.
Previous to his work in television, Patrick’s career highlights include a long run as a successful stage director and theater producer. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
BET and Centric 1Creative Director
BET and Centric
Creative Director, Branded Content
BET and Centric Networks
Manage creative development of ad sales branded content projects with in-house writer/producers and external agencies from inception to completion. Collaborate with ad sales team to create innovative 360° multi-platform (television, digital, social, print) branded content and sponsorship opportunities for BET and Centric. Push the creative bounds of traditional integrations and help ad sales strengthen their relationships with BET’s and Centric’s advertisers. Partner with production to ensure project deadlines and budgets are met. Produce and direct campaigns on set in a hands-on capacity as needed.
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