The Man Behind That Voice


Fennoy, who happily refers to himself as The Hulu Guy, had been voice acting for over 20 years when the Hulu job presented itself. “The gig came by chance,” says Fennoy. He was at a party a few years ago when a man overhead his voice and asked him about his line of work. Fennoy told him he was a voice actor, and the man hit him with a pitch. “Well you know there’s this new thing called Hulu, and they’re looking for a voice,” the man told him. “Why don’t you give me your email address and I’ll send you a script.”

Over at BuzzFeed FWD, John Herrman has a really fun piece about Dave Fennoy, the man who voices the “limited commercial interruption” line on Hulu. Fennoy voiced various characters on beloved animated series like Captain Planet and Darkwing Duck, as well as on video games like Walking Dead. He notes that once upon a time, sought after voice actors could make up to $40,000 a day. Alas, no more.

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Aw I kinda wished they went more into the economics of it. Did he just get, say, $400 for the phrase and they can use it as much as they want? Or does he get, like, 0.01 cent every time it’s played? Obviously he has a steady gig voicing the “… by Honda” (or whatever) bits but still.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@stuffisthings I work with voice actors, and ours make $800 for a two-hour session, as a reference point!

@aetataureate Do they get any kind of royalties or other ongoing consideration, or is it just the $400 an hour and that’s it? (I mean, not that that’s peanuts or anything!) Do they hand over all the rights to the sound file or whatever, or do you have to pay again if you want to use it for other purposes?

aetataureate (#1,310)

@stuffisthings Different places handle it differently. I believe we buy the rights outright, and we also use non-union voice talent. So those factors each complicate the payment picture.

probs (#296)

Oh shit, I thought it Lee in Walking Dead sounded familiar. Fennoy does a great job in that game.

kellyography (#250)

Very interesting, but yeah, I want to know more about him, about the economics about it, etc. Then again, I’m just really interested in voice acting in general.

madrassoup (#929)

I can’t tell if it’s a sign of a good voice actor that I don’t associate the Hulu Voice with an actual person, or a sign that I’m just really dumb because what else would it belong to if not a person.

Oh, great! Now I feel TERRIBLE for just assuming it was a white guy this whole time. THANKS, MIKE DANG!

@Reginal T. Squirge I assumed it was a woman with a glandular disorder.

dotcommie (#662)

He looks exactly how I expected him to look.

aetataureate (#1,310)

Oh my gosh, he completely was the Disney Channel voice for a while. YES.

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