2019 ADP Achievement Award Winners
The following award winners were announced at the ACB
Convention in Rochester, NY, on July 9:
Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts:
Hunter Gullickson, The Guthrie Theater -
Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description - Montclair State University - Montclair, NJ.
Achievement in Audio Description - Media:
Microsoft/Xbox - Seattle, WA.
Achievement in Audio Description - Visual Art / Museums /
Visitor Centers: Hannah Goodwin, Museum of Fine Arts
- Boston, MA.
Achievement in Audio Description - International:
Vera Arma, ARTIS Project - Viterbo Area,
Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl
Memorial Achievement Award in Audio Description - Research and Development:
Dr. Brett Oppegaard, The UniDescription
Project - University of Hawaii.
Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio
Description: Jon P. Skaalen -
Awards Announcement with more details. See all previous winners
on our Honor Roll. (Posted
Netflix Now Allows Describer Identification
Professional audio describers (companies and individuals) and audio
narrators (the people who read the describers' scripts) are proud of their
work and like to be recognized just like the actors and crew in a movie.
And this is something many viewers of the videos have requested, too.
Netflix has not allowed such identification ... until now. From now on,
Netflix is allowing these professionals to be identified at the end of each
video ahead of the credits. Thank you Netflix. Listen for this in
the future! (Posted Jul 2)
Survey on Describing Diversity
VocalEyes (a London-based organization which provides audio description) in
partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London, is running a research
project exploring an important aspect of theatre audio description:
people’s opinions about when and how human characteristics, such as race,
disability, age, body shape, or gender should be described. They are
seeking input from a wide group of people: users of AD, describers,
actors and other theatre professionals anywhere in the world. If you are willing
to take a brief online survey, please visit this page before July 31:
https://vocaleyes.co.uk/describing-diversity-survey/. At the
survey's end, you may request to be advised of results. (Posted Jul 2)
Reading TV Subtitles Aloud
If you live in a country whose native language isn't all that common,
you'll encounter a lot of TV in foreign languages. Denmark
is a country that, as many others, doesn't have a culture for dubbing TV and
movies in foreign languages, which means that they rely heavily on subtitles.
But what if you're blind and you can't read the subtitles? DR, the
government supported TV and radio supplier in Denmark, has twin-channels
for all their main channels that are specifically designed for people with a
vision impairment. When watching TV on these channels, subtitles will
automatically be read aloud as they appear, ensuring a smooth TV experience
for people who can't read the subtitles. (Via ACVRep, Posted Jul 2)
USA Network Asks FCC for Waiver
USA Network has asked the FCC for a limited waiver of the Commission's
rules requiring specified TV networks to provide 87.5 hours of video
description per calendar quarter with restrictions on how repeats (frequent on
USA) are counted. In exchange, USA has offered to provide 1,000 hours of
AD per quarter without regard to repeats and 75% of new non-live programming.
It is interesting to note that they also request that this waiver be granted
to all other non-broadcast networks. In our table of
description networks are providing now (which includes repeats),
it is interesting to note that USA Network continues to lead all other
networks and well-exceed 1000 hours per quarter. Initial comments are
due by July 12.
FCC Notice. (Posted Jun 18)
Input Requested on TV AD Listings
We at the ADP try to offer you consolidated listings of described TV
offerings ... only because no one else does! Most of the TV Networks
either have no listing or unreliable ones. The ACB is trying to
influence the FCC to require networks to either offer accurate listings or
contributed to a central database. What do YOU think? Where do
YOU get your listing data? Are the network listings ACCURATE and
drop a note to our own Carl Richardson, who is the Chair of the Video
Working Group for the FCC, with your answers. Thanks. (Posted Jun 11)
Pavarotti Comes to the Screen ... With AD!
The recently released movie, Pavarotti, which
examines the life and career of opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti, is one of the
select documentaries to be granted funding for audio description by voiceover
artist and media accessibility advocate Michele Spitz, who operates under the
business name Woman
of Her Word. Read this
Hollywood Reporter article or the
Press Release. (Posted Jun 11)
Audio Description News
New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
On July 9, 2 audio described DVDs were released:
Pet Sematary 2019. On July 2, 1 audio described DVD was released:
The Best of Enemies. On June 25,
2 audio described DVDs were released:
Coming Next Week: Teen Spirit.
Recent Described DVDs:
Pet Sematary 2019;
The Best of Enemies;
Five Feet Apart;
A Madea Family Funeral;
How to Train Your Dragon: The
Hidden World; Isn't It Romantic;
Never Look Away;
Fighting with My Family;
Happy Death Day 2U;
Forrest Gump (25th Anniversary);
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part;
They Shall Not Grow Old;
What Men Want;
Join us on Facebook or Twitter (links below) to receive new described
DVD notifications, or use the page-change notification form at the
top of this page.
Newly Audio Described USA TV Programs
Wednesdays at 9pm;
Your Luck, Tuesdays at 10pm;
the Truth, Sundays at 10pm.
Pieces, Thursdays at 9pm and 9:30pm;
Fight, Sundays at 10pm.
What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage, Sundays at 9:30pm.
Yes to the Nest, Mondays at 10pm.
Tuesdays at 11pm.
See our Daily TV Schedule
and TV Schedule by Network.
Podcast Interviews With Roy Samuelson
Roy Samuelson is one of Hollywood’s leading voiceover talents in film and
television. You've heard his AD narration of TV shows like NCIS and
Lethal weapon and movies such as Jurassic World. Listen to this podcast
where he is interviewed on
That Blind Tech
Show. And now there is a second podcast interview available from
The Association of Blind Citizens. (Updated Jun 4)
Technology Makes Museums More Accessible
Museums nationwide are working to make their collections more accessible
for people with disabilities. Some artists are making touchable
adaptations of their works. Or imagine passing your "hands along the
raised figures in touchable versions of a Vietnam War photograph, [where]
small metal sensors [touch] off recordings to explain whose picture [you are]
touching and what had happened to him" -- an interesting form of audio
3-D photographs? Technology makes museums more accessible. Two other
articles on museums address other accessibility features:
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose and the
first phase of Barrier Free Kerala, India. (Posted
Looking For a Described Movie or TV Series?
If you are looking for a movie or TV series with description, please
consult our Master AD List. It includes all
TV series on FCC-mandated networks, those in syndication with
streaming services, plus original offerings from those four
streaming services (Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, Prime Video).
All commercial DVDs ever produced with description are also
listed, plus every described movie on the streaming services. There's nothing like
it anywhere else in the world!