Class for Authors series
Michele began her audiobook career as Assistant Managing Director for L.A. Theatre Works. She went on to become Vice President of Sales & Marketing for AudioGO (previously known as BBC Audiobooks America). Michele has served on the Audio Publishers Association (APA) board since 2001, as a director and officer, and is currently President. She now owns MLC Consulting, which provides PR, Sales, Marketing and Business Development services for the publishing industry, and is Publisher of both AudioFile Magazine and Insatiable Press. She is a frequent speaker at audiobook workshops, events and panels.
Fran Tunno is a voice actress, audiobook narrator and writer living in Los Angeles. Represented by BBA Talent, Fran has voiced thousands of commercials for brands including FreeCreditReport.com, Medifast, HoneyBaked Ham, 1-800-Medicine and others. Fran also spent 12 years behind the mic in L.A. as a morning news and traffic reporter. In addition, Fran is a published writer with articles in the Los Angeles Times and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, as well as her delightfully funny blog on growing up with her unconventional Italian mom; http://AtFransTable.Wordpress.com.
Deyan Institute Founding Member
An entertainment industry professional since 1986 and the founder of Dr. Dialect (www.drdialect.com), P.J.'s work as a dialect and performance coach is enriched by his extensive and ongoing experience as a working actor and director. On set, behind a microphone or in front of an audience, P.J. knows first-hand what works and how to get you there. He has worked alongside countless legends including Jodie Foster, Al Pacino, Clint Eastwood and Robin Williams. Along with his performances on Broadway, in critically acclaimed films and television series regular roles, P.J.’s work behind the microphone has included myriad voiceovers and a decade as a Southern California radio personality with programs on several stations. His versatile and record-setting audiobook narration has resulted in dozens of titles to his credit.
P.J. speaks English, Mandarin, French, German and Italian, and is a member of ATAS (Academy of Television Arts
& Sciences), SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists), AEA (Actors Equity Association), and VASTA (Voice & Speech Trainers Association).
Now legendary in the audiobook industry, Deyan Audio was founded in 1990 by Bob and Debra Deyan. The company works with the largest publishers and has handled all aspects of production including casting and directing for thousands of audiobooks. Deyan Audio has to its credit multiple Grammy, Audie, Earphone and Listen Up Awards.
In early 2013, Bob Deyan was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). While Bob's spirit still drives Deyan Audio, the Deyan Institute fulfills his longtime dream and preserves the ideals and vision of his legendary work in audio production. The Institute provides the training, tools and discipline to enrich and nurture artists who are committed to the development of the art form and themselves.
Debra Deyan is a 25 year veteran producer of audiobooks and owner of Deyan Audio the world's largest independent producer of audiobooks, working for over 30 publishers. She has won numerous awards including 4 Grammys, 11 Grammy nominations, countless Audies, Odyssey, Carnegie and Earphone awards. She was awarded the Life Time Achievement award from the APA in 2013 for her efforts in helping pioneer the audiobook industry. She also owns a video game/interactive toy venture and co-founded an institute which teaches audiobook narration and production.
Pro Tools Series
A graduate of the Los Angeles Recording School, certified Digidesign Pro Tools Operator, and a 7-year veteran of Deyan Audio services, Brandon has been involved in many facets of audio and post-production and has experience with all stages of producing audiobooks. In his years at Deyan Audio, he has trained over 100 engineers to edit audiobooks using Pro Tools, directed and engineered countless recording sessions, and is considered one of the senior editors at Deyan Audio with thousands of hours of editing under his belt. He has a deep knowledge of Pro Tools software and can get just about anybody started using Pro Tools, on an introductory level, in no time. Outside of Deyan Audio, Brandon has been an engineer and assistant engineer for many professional and independent recording artists.
Bob and Debra Deyan
Recipients of the 2013Audio Publisher's Association Special Achievement Award
The Voice Camp
Linda Korn has earned her outstanding reputation as a Grammy and Audie Award winning audiobook director and producer not only by directing countless actor and author celebrities including Steve Martin, Dr. Phil, Tori Spelling and Molly Ringwald, but just as much by directing and coaching many novice narrators and singers as they navigated new vocal terrain. Multi-talented, Linda has narrated several audiobooks; she has performed in New York and Los Angeles as a singer/songwriter, under the name Linda Ross and is a published composer and an accomplished pianist. Linda enjoys directing audiobooks, teaching piano and voice and mentoring and coaching independent publishers, producers, and narrators. She is owner and producer at her production company, Kornucopia Sounds in Los Angeles. www.kornucopiasounds.com
Bronson Pinchot studied acting at Yale University, Shakespeare and Company, and Circle-in-the-Square Theater School. He has extensive experience in virtually every genre of performing arts from opera to reality TV, from mainstream film comedy (Risky Business, Beverly Hills Cop, First Wives Club) to mainstream film drama (True Romance, Courage Under Fire, It's My Party) to independent film (Winning Girls Through Psychic Mind Control, Out of the Cold, The Strike); from starring in his own sitcoms(Perfect Strangers, Step by Step, The Trouble With Larry, Meego) to guest-starring in TV drama.
He is a firm believer in the ability of old dogs to learn new tricks, having made three debuts--Broadway musical theater (Sondheim's Putting it Together), Shakespearean (New York Shakespeare Festival's The Winter's Tale, as Autolycus) and London's West End (first non-Irishman to assay Stones in His Pockets at the Duke of York's)--all in his early forties.
In 2008 he tried his vocal chords at audiobooks, and, though instantly recognizing that it was hands-down the most demanding discipline in all of performing, he won an Audie for his second effort, The Learners.
Casting Director - Game Changer Studios
Amy Rubinate, Casting Director for Deyan interactive projects with Game Changer Studios, is a voice actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. A veteran of hundreds of “talking toys,” video games, writing and producing for children’s television, and the voice of LeapFrog’s Tad for many years, her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and reviewed in the New York Times.
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