That’s Voiceover!™ and the Voice Arts® Awards Ceremony Will Include Producer of Blockbuster Film ‘The Martian’ and Uncovers How Voiceover Acting Inspired The Film at an Event Sponsored by Society of Voice Arts and Sciences

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Special Industry Panel Discussion with the Team Behind 'The Martian', including Producer, Aditya Sood and author, Andy Weir on the role of voiceover as a new catalyst for the motion picture industry, November 14th and 15th in LA at the Pacific Design Center. William Shatner to Receive VOICE ARTS® ICON AWARD at the Ceremony.

Aditya Sood, Producer, The Martian

“It is my pleasure to join SOVAS™ and voice artists from around the world, at the voiceover industry’s most important event,” shared Sood.

The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ (SOVAS™) is delighted to announce that they will welcome Aditya Sood, the Hollywood super producer of the top grossing box office film, 'The Martian', to the THAT’S VOICEOVER!™ CONFERENCE and the second annual VOICE ARTS® AWARDS GALA in Los Angeles, on Sunday, November 14 and 15, 2015, at the Pacific Design Center. Sood will be added to the growing lists of esteemed conference panelists, as his breakout film, 'The Martian', starring Matt Damon, continues to take moviegoers by storm. The hit movie is one of the most fascinating rags to riches stories in film history. VOICE ARTS® AWARDS Nominees include Beyonce, Tim Gunn, John Amos, Ron Perlman, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Anthony Anderson and Neil deGrasse Tyson**Plus Pixar Animation Studio Casting Honchos, Kevin Reher and Natalie Lyon to be Honored with the Backstage Vanguard Award

“The story-behind-the-story of the film 'The Martian', is how the author, Andy Weir, discovered the power of a voice actor to bring his story of 'The Martian' to life, at a time when publishers were refusing to print it as a book. The original narration, and record breaking success of 'The Martian' as an audiobook is at the heart of the film’s development,” said SOVAS™ CEO Rudy Gaskins. “Aditya Sood’s presence as a speaker will further demonstrate the strength of the voice arts community and the new relevance of audiobooks.”

That’s Voiceover!™ is the SOVAS™ in depth conference event that covers all things important to the voice acting industry. What is not generally known is that 'The Martian' was innovatively launched as an audiobook, when print book publishers refused to green-light it as a written project. Canadian audiobook specialists, James Tonn and Greg Lawrence of Podium Publishers saw the book’s merit and created what is now the best-selling audiobook in history. The true story of 'The Martian' is about the real life impact that one man’s dream is having on an entire industry. That’s Voiceover!™ will feature a ‘The Martian’ panel discussion with Aditya Sood, who played a role to bring the film version to fruition; the author of the original ‘The Martian’ book, Andy Weir; and R.C. Bray, the narrator of the audiobook ‘The Martian’, at the Pacific Design Center on Saturday, November 14th at 10am PT.

“It is my pleasure to join SOVAS™ and voice artists from around the world, at the voiceover industry’s most important event,” shared Sood. “'The Martian’s' success as an audiobook was an invaluable step on its way to becoming a breakout phenomenon as a printed book and a film.”

For more on THAT’S VOICEOVER!™ CONFERENCE and VOICE ARTS® AWARDS GALA, visit: VoiceArts.org and ThatsVoicover.com

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About the THAT’S VOICEOVER!™ CONFERENCE and the VOICE ARTS® AWARDS    

Created by the Society Of Voice Arts And Sciences™ (SOVAS™) the THAT’S VOICEOVER!™ CONFERENCE is an annual 2-day conference and gala that ties together the highly multifaceted and multi-billion dollar global industry of voiceover acting across all media: film, TV, toys, video games, audiobooks and robotics. The events culminates with the VOICE ARTS® AWARDS, which is an international awards competition. The open competition features numerous categories and is voted upon by award-winning experts from the various disciplines that constitute the entry categories. SOVAS™ honors industry visionaries and pioneers of the voice arts with a number of special awards including the VOICE ARTS® ICON AWARD for lifetime achievement and the VOICE ARTS® VANGUARD AWARD (sponsored by Backstage Magazine) which identifies the year’s most outstanding accomplishment within a discipline. Awards are presented during a live VOICE ARTS® AWARDS GALA which is open to the public. For more information about the Society Of Voice Arts And Sciences™ (SOVAS™), or for tickets to VOICE ARTS® AWARDS GALA, visit VoiceArts.org.

Purpose
The purpose of the SOVAS™ is to provide educational training, job creation and international acknowledgement related to the extraordinary skill and artistry of voiceover acting and associated industry professions. The VOICE ARTS® AWARDS also encourages a best-in-class standard of achievement to which the voiceover industry can continually aspire. The VOICE ARTS® AWARDS will honor and acknowledge the voice actors, creative directors, copywriters, casting directors, talent agents, directors, producers, audio engineers, account executives, equipment manufacturers, podcasters, bloggers and others who create and sustain excellence within the voiceover industry. The VOICE ARTS® AWARDS represents one of a host of programs administered by the Society Of Voice Arts And Sciences™ (SOVAS™), a non-profit 501 (c)3 corporation, whose overall mission is to rise to the highest levels of artistic achievement, while providing support for education, training, career advancement and gainful employment, in all facets of the voiceover industry.

Contact Judi Durand, DAJDPR, 703-725-6017 (m) / Daryl Williams, DAJDPR, 646-373-6736 (m)

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