VoiceoverCity is excited to announce that Townsend Coleman has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 6th Annual VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference being held March 1-4, 2018 at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel.
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.
The introduction of Townsend Coleman to the VO Atlanta program continues a tradition of featuring the most respected names in the voiceover industry to inspire, motivate, and encourage others to “Lean Forward” in their careers. Townsend embodies the spirit of the conference with his willingness to share with others and have fun in the process.
Past conference keynote speakers have included, Pat Fraley, Bob Bergen, Andrea Romano, Bill Ratner, and Bill Farmer.