Promo and Imaging Track
Each year, we work to bring more resources to VO Atlanta for those interested in Promo and Imaging. The experience and knowledge available through our presenters on narration and eLearning is amazing and we can’t wait to have you move ahead and discover what it takes to step forward and break through to your next level.
Go ahead and click on their images below to read their bios and discover more about what they’ve been doing to get to where they are today.
As a veteran Hollywood voice-actor for the past 40 years, Townsend Coleman is perhaps one of the most recognizable voices on TV, active in commercials, animation, and network TV promos. For 16 years he was the voice of NBC's "Must See TV” primetime comedy promos, including hits from Seinfeld and Frasier to 30 Rock and The Office, as well as promos for "The Tonight Show" starring Jay Leno, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", and "Saturday Night Live". He now voices primetime promos for ABC and FOX, as well as the daily on-air promos for the top-rated "Live with Kelly and Ryan".
But the character behind the voice really came to life in 1985, when Coleman, having just moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland, Ohio, won a chance audition for the animated hit, "Inspector Gadget". As the voice of Corporal Capeman, Gadget's bumbling assistant, he embarked on an entirely new career, providing the voices for some of the most memorable characters in cartoons and commercials. In addition to thwarting evil as the voice of "The Tick", Fox Kids' hit animated series, he has provided the voices for many popular cartoon characters, including Michaelangelo on the original, long-running cartoon series, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". He also played Waldo on "Where's Waldo?", Gobo on NBC's animated "Fraggle Rock", Scott on "Teenwolf", Scratch on "Spacecats", the voice of Wayne Gretzky on "Prostars", Riot on "Jem", Dragonflyer on "Glofriends", Rewind on the 80’s "Transformers", and 20 years later, Sentinel Prime on “Transformers: Animated” for Cartoon Network. His current animation work continues as the voice of Neddy the Mallet on Cartoon Network’s hit, “Mighty MagiSwords”. And since 1994, Townsend has been the voice of Jason Whittaker on Focus on the Family’s popular radio drama, “Adventures in Odyssey”.
In addition to his active animation career, Coleman has also been the voice behind numerous national TV ad campaigns for clients such as Home Depot, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Mattel Hot Wheels, Sunny Delight, Colgate, Jenny Craig, Blockbuster Video, Greyhound, AT&T, Eggo Waffles, Taco Bell and "Spot", the precocious red 7-Up dot... even a few "Keebler elves" and "Raid bugs”.
Born in New York City in 1954, Coleman spent his childhood in Denver, Colorado and Cleveland, Ohio. After studying architecture and theater at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he returned home to Ohio to pursue a radio career. Ten years as a disc jockey at various Cleveland radio stations led to numerous commercial and voiceover jobs. He appeared
as host of the nationally syndicated TV series "The Dance Show" prior to moving his family to LA in 1984 to take advantage of career opportunities on the west coast.
Jeff Howell (Freelance Producer)-- started as an agent, then as a casting director/radio producer, then as a VP of Production. He has produced radio/television commercials and promos for hundreds of national accounts and networks. He has directed narration, audio books, IVR, and animation. Teaches in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.
Kay is an American voice actor who studied Meisner Technique at The Ruskin School, and is a member of The Actor’s Co-Op Theater Company in Hollywood. She trained in the BFA acting program at The University of Southern California and studied Philosophy at UCLA.
She’s been heard on a myriad of national and regional tv and radio campaigns, and has done promos for every major TV network as well as major cable stations. She's narrated shows on Discovery, WE, and The Learning Channel, and can be heard as the voice of the Property Brothers on HGTV (seasons 1-4.) She is the voice of Persephone Brimstone in Agents of Mayhem, Ana in Lara Croft: Rise of the Tomb Raider; Queen Cumulus in Skylanders: SuperChargers, and a multitude of voices in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Listen to her podcast The B-Hive: Women in Voiceover, available on iTunes.
Thom Pinto, one of the leading documentary and reality series narrators brings his decades of experience to VO Atlanta 2017.
Heard in 2016 on Discovery’s Arctic Rescue, TLC’s Outrageous 911, The Weather Channel’s American Supernatural and Smithsonian Channel’s Crazy Monsters, his range as a talent is perhaps only exceeded by his ability to direct actors in the ever-growing genre of “in-show” narration.
His recent commercial television voice-over credits include AT&T U-Verse, Cesar Dog Food, Fuze Tea and Kaiser Permanente Medicare.
And since 2007, has been part of the CBS News family, voicing for CBS This Morning, 48 Hours, and the CBS Evening News.
Besides directing an X-session for broadcast narration at VO Atlanta in March, Thom will also be a presenter, sharing his Colors of Your Voice technique, which he has taught to hundreds of talent in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and across the country.
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At VO Atlanta we’re proud to have resources that reflect excellence at the highest levels. In the Promo and Imaging area we feature talent that you’ve heard for years. Now you get to meet and learn from the best in the business how they got on top and what they do to stay there. Break through and get ready to grow.