When we spoke to Ned Lott, the casting director there, last year, the company was happily producing a steady stream of educational software for children (Reader Rabbit, etc).
Then The Learning Company
was purchased by SoftKey, which went on to acquire Mecc (the company that produced the best-selling children's game, The Oregon Trail) and Compton's (the company that makes encyclopedias and dictionaries).Finally, everything got blended with a company in France.
is part of this big conglomerate and is still casting animation, but not as much of it.He's
spending more time casting traditional narration for the Compton's division, and he
recently had to search for French voices for the overseas operation.On-camera casting for the foreign language division is in Knoxville, Tennessee (!), a location guaranteed not to help Bay Area actors at all.Ned
still listens to all the demo tapes that arrive on his
desk.Send yours to: Ned Lott
, The Learning Company
, 6493 Kaiser Drive, Fremont, CA 94555.He
prefers DAT format -- and you should keep in mind that The Learning Company
produces non-union only.
And then there's Broderbund Software
, which produced last year's Codie Award winning CD-ROM game In the First Degree (Best Use of Live Actors).The company currently has no live-action production scheduled, though casting director Jenean Pearce Estivoy reports that they are planning to get into Quick Time video "at some point."Jenean, who teaches private voice classes on the side, is still in the market for voice actors, both union and non-union, adults and children, who are excellent with animation.She
is doing double duty on the casting front now that Broderbund
is once again producing the Living Books series, recently ending a three-year partnership with Random House.Living Books is known for its interactive CD-ROMs for children, such as Just Grandma and Me, Dr. Seuss's ABC, and Green Eggs and Ham.Estivoy happily accepts demo tapes, preferring that they be comedic, containing perhaps 9-11 characters 3-7 seconds apiece.
at The Learning Company
works with her
from time to time.
Bottom line update: The CBS show Nash Bridges brought most of the presents to the party during the past year, representing 2,600 (measured as "working days" by SAG) jobs locally.We all have our fingers crossed that the show will be picked up for a third season.