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AFTRA Members Show Videogame Talents at Hollywood and Games Summit

Beverly Hills, CA, June 27, 2006—In a demonstration of how union talent can enhance videogames, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) performed a sample videogame voiceover recording session for hundreds of top videogame and entertainment industry creative and business decision-makers today at the opening breakfast—hosted by AFTRA—of the first-ever Hollywood and Games Summit.

"We want to show producers and developers how they can take their videogames to the next level with AFTRA talent," said Mathis L. Dunn, AFTRA National Assistant Executive Director. "AFTRA is synonymous with successful videogames, as eight of the top-10 selling videogames in 2005 were produced under the AFTRA Interactive Media Agreement." 

AFTRA sponsored the breakfast at the Hollywood and Games Summit, which brought together business and creative leaders in an all-day conference to explore collaboration between the entertainment and videogame industries. 

Just before the hosted breakfast concluded, videogame director Andrea Romano ("Descent 3," "The New Batman Adventures," "Pinky and the Brain: World Conquest") led a quintet of AFTRA members in the voiceover demonstration. Performers included National and Los Angeles Local Board members Lori Alan ("Family Guy," "SpongeBob Squarepants," "Metal Gear Solid 3") and Gabrielle Carteris ("Beverly Hills: 90210," "Forgotten Realms," "AI"), and leading AFTRA voiceover talents Chris Edgerly ("Chicken Little," "Halo 2," "Kingdom Hearts II," "Final Fantasy VII"), Phil Proctor ("Finding Nemo," "A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc.," "Final Fantasy X-2,"), and Dee Bradley Baker ("American Dad," "Danny Phantom," "Baldur's Gate," "X-Men Legends").

Every conference attendee received the new AFTRA Interactive Media Agreement CD-ROM that includes basic tools every videogame producer needs to sign the AFTRA Interactive Media Agreement and engage professional AFTRA talent on videogames. The disc contains a sample AFTRA Interactive Media contract, a current rate sheet, contact information for AFTRA staff, answers to frequently asked questions, and more. 

About the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists—affiliated with the AFL-CIO—is a diverse national union representing over 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists in 32 Locals throughout the country. AFTRA members work as actors, broadcast journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians, and disc jockeys in all aspects of the media industries including television and radio, cable, sound recordings, commercials, non-broadcast/industrials, interactive games, and other digital media . For more information, visit AFTRA online at