Television Academy & The Art Of Audio Description

An illustration is on a TV screen and Bold Blind Beauty’s fashion icon Abby wearing teal-colored headphones abd seated with a friend at the theater watching a movie. On the movie screen is text that reads: Television Academy & The Art Of Audio Description. In the background is a sunset and the audio description symbol (a square image with black letters AD followed by a few end parentheses, suggesting a sound wave, are framed by a black television set shape) in the lower right corner. 

Beauty Buzz/Blog Biz | Television Academy Recognizes Audio Description Narrators

By Roy Samuelson

An illustration is on a TV screen and Bold Blind Beauty’s fashion icon Abby wearing teal-colored headphones abd seated with a friend at the theater watching a movie. On the movie screen is text that reads: Television Academy & The Art Of Audio Description. In the background is a sunset and the audio description symbol (a square image with black letters AD followed by a few end parentheses, suggesting a sound wave, are framed by a black television set shape) in the lower right corner. 

There are many advocates growing awareness of audio description. Through these efforts, awareness can continue to expand. And this work can bring a quality experience to blind and low vision audiences that sighted audiences take as a given.

Thanks to strategic guidance from the peer group Governors, I’m so happy to share that the Television Academy now includes television work in audio description narration as qualifying credits for membership in The Performers Peer Group along with other performing credits such as on-camera comedy and drama, hosting, commercials, animation and narration voiceover, etc. Audio description narrators can now join this group, and vote on the Emmys.

This precedent of inclusion of television audio description narrators for membership in the Television Academy isn’t an end, but a start in recognizing the entire industry, importance and need for audio description professionals. This brings access and awareness in a number of ways to this art form. The Television Academy has shared great panels like this from a few years ago.

So it’s an honor to share this panel, with professional contributions from GBH, Apple TV plus, Melody Goodspeed of AFB (and Bold Blind Beauty’s own “Abby”), and Thomas Reid of Reid My Mind Radio:

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An illustration is on a TV screen and Bold Blind Beauty’s fashion icon Abby wearing teal-colored headphones and seated with a friend at the theater watching a movie. On the movie screen is text that reads: Television Academy & The Art Of Audio Description. In the background is a sunset and the audio description symbol (a square image with black letters AD followed by a few end parentheses, suggesting a sound wave, are framed by a black television set shape) in the lower right corner. 

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