Anyone who has watched Saturday morning cartoons sometime in the past four decades has very likely enjoyed Joe Ruby's and Ken Spears' work. Business partners for 45 years, Joe and Ken are the creative geniuses behind Ruby-Spears Productions, one of the most prolific, award-winning animation and live action production companies in the world. Ruby-Spears has produced thirty-six television series notably including the original action adventure "Thundarr the Barbarian," the top-rated series "Alvin and the Chipmunks," the drama "Chuck Norris and the Karate Kommandos," the animated series "Mr. T" and "Superman," the funny action adventure "Plastic Man" and their groundbreaking "Rubik the Amazing Cube" - the first network series to feature a Hispanic family as its central characters. Ruby-Spears long list of professional of accomplishments reads more like the history of television animation than resume, yet they continue to have fresh projects in development.
During their 15 years at Hanna-Barbera Productions, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears teamed up to create many cartoons including one of the world’s most famous; that loveable, laughable great dane, Scooby Doo. As their work increased in viewer popularity, the pair grew to be an influential voice in Hollywood. So much so that Ruby-Spears Productions, Inc. became the first animation company to secure television network commitments for a special and a series even before they opened their doors. There is no question that, for the VOICE attendees as well as cartoon and animation enthusiasts the world over, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears are iconic figures of the industry.
"Because we do our work in a sound booth in front of a microphone instead of on a set in front of a camera, the voice over community hasn't been well-known to the general public," states Penny Abshire, one of the convention's producers. "While this is changing, this historic lack of fame doesn't mean voice actors aren't part of the fabric of Hollywood glamour. Ruby-Spears is proof enough of that!" The four day convention is a rare opportunity for animation and cartoon fans, as well as voice acting talent, to meet many of the key people behind very popular shows as well as learn about the projects being created.
Tuesday, June 12, VOICE 2012 opens with a glittering VOICE Red Carpet Reception at the Disneyland Hotel and Resort. Running through Saturday, the convention culminates with the VOICE Celebrity Banquet where the voice over industry and its stars will honor these two Hollywood legends. During the convention, animators, voice over actors and producers will attend programs featuring the latest technology and world's best voice acting coaches while networking with industry agents, talent, directors. In practical terms, VOICE is how the industry moves forward.
"We are truly honored by the recognition and excited to meet our fans," remarks Joe Ruby. Open to the public, the convention is unique in that, while its focus is the voice acting, it is intimately intertwined with the animation, comic and cartoon industry that is exploding in popularity. "We can create the most entertaining scripts and animation, but can anyone imagine Scooby Doo without hearing his hilarious voice? Voice acting helps transform the Scooby Doo charactor into our wonderful, lovable Scoob," adds Ruby.
Tickets for the Disneyland Resort four-day event are still available online at http://voiceacting.com/
VOICE 2012 (VoiceOver International Creative Experience)
The VOICE convention is a highly interactive live event providing educational and networking opportunities for voice talent, actors, professional speakers, and other performers regardless of experience.
Ruby-Spears Productions, Inc.
Led by animation veterans Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, Ruby-Spears Productions, Inc. is a prominent producer of family and children's entertainment. The company was launched and commenced production in 1977.