NEWS: Kyle McCarley not allowed to star in Mob Psycho 100 III Anime due to disagreement with Crunchyroll ab – Forum

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No real surprise here. My guess is that signing one person to a union contract at least opens up that production to have to do it for everyone. Given how quickly most of the shooting has shifted to Texas, I assume Crunchyroll/Sony wants to be more selective when it pays union fees. It wouldn’t hurt to pay a lead actor here or there, but having to do it for an entire series, or possibly have to do it every time an LA cast is involved, is something they won’t want to do.

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Damn, that really sucks for LA folks like Kyle, but what do you expect? It’s Crunchyroll, they’re in Texas, and Texas is very unfriendly to unions. They definitely prioritize their own talent pool. I just hope they get paid well and get better benefits.

While I’m all for unionization, I’m concerned about the impact on Texas non-union talent that they might not be able to find VO work, and union talent, especially outside of Texas, will be preferred instead. I think that’s the biggest factor why CR is still resistant to union.


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I just hope they get paid well and get better benefits.

Not sure if they get benefits (like health insurance/dentist, 401k, life insurance, etc) because it’s freelance work. McCarley specifically says he relies on the union to sort those things out for him.

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Think Jujutsu Kaisen 0, the anime film that hit number two in the US box office on its opening weekend. As voice actor Michael Schwalbe discussed in a recent Twitter thread, Jujutsu Kaisen’s English voice actors were likely only getting $150 to $600 each, based on the going rate in the industry. That’s not an hourly rate. That is the total amount.


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I really wish them the best of luck getting CR to even talk about it (I’ve long been in favor of trying to unite more projects, especially when one company produces the majority of the dubs – an already undervalued and underpaid segment of the acting world, let alone the VO industry).

But I don’t feel confident based on one show/cast alone. Especially for Mob Psycho 100, which, popular as it is, probably only has one final season to go. I can’t help but feel like unless multiple casts from multiple major shows come together here in solidarity, CR will just tune and rearrange it. And given the pretty clear division within TX on the matter (even if a lot of those concerns are steeped in misinformation), I don’t think that’s likely. And that really sucks.

The last time union discussions for CR shows really started to gain some traction, everything on that front pretty much ground to a halt with the new “unspoken” mandate for local/personal shooting only. I suppose time will tell in this one.


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That really sucks! Especially for Kyle because I can imagine he would be playing Mob in the blink of an eye under ideal circumstances.

I hope they can come up with something. If the final season of a show were to recast the main character due to union issues, that would be pretty bad.


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therjabundo wrote:


While I’m all for unionization, I’m concerned about the impact on Texas non-union talent that they might not be able to find VO work, and union talent, especially outside of Texas, will be preferred instead. I think that’s the biggest factor why CR is still resistant to union.

This is simply a misunderstanding of how the union process works. Because Texas is a “right to work” state, non-union actors can work on a union show without ever having to join. The producer only needs to submit a so-called ‘Taft-Hartley report’. In any case, this is the best of both worlds for NU talent.


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Ruben Lack wrote:
therjabundo wrote:


While I’m all for unionization, I’m concerned about the impact on Texas non-union talent that they might not be able to find VO work, and union talent, especially outside of Texas, will be preferred instead. I think that’s the biggest factor why CR is still resistant to union.

This is simply a misunderstanding of how the union process works. Because Texas is a “right to work” state, non-union actors can work on a union show without ever having to join. The producer only needs to submit a so-called ‘Taft-Hartley report’. In any case, this is the best of both worlds for NU talent.

My point here is, yes, CR should become a union or at least start paying higher union rates, but I want Texas talent to be prioritized, and I want their actors to be safe, even if CR continues to limit their talent pool to their own. I’m also worried that if they unionize, they’re going to bring in the LA talent and thus sideline all the non-union talent in TX, and it doesn’t seem fair to people who mainly work in TX. I could be completely wrong, maybe more TX voice actors will speak out about this issue.


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therjabundo wrote:

My point here is, yes, CR should become a union or at least start paying higher union rates, but I want Texas talent to be prioritized, and I want their actors to be safe, even if CR continues to limit their talent pool to their own. I’m also worried that if they unionize, they’re going to bring in the LA talent and thus sideline all the non-union talent in TX, and it doesn’t seem fair to people who mainly work in TX. I could be completely wrong, maybe more TX voice actors will speak out about this issue.

This is a fairly understandable fear, but something that should probably be taken into consideration with this whole thing is that because Crunchyroll has the lion’s share of seasonal anime titles: they can’t dub everything themselves in their own studio and even after that the whole lockout. from outside recording, they’ve outsourced some of their newer season titles to other studios in Texas (with those studios being more willing to go out of state for talent because they aren’t bound by CR’s mandates). Let’s face it, making a deal on unionization for the dubs they would outsource anyway would be a huge improvement over what’s happening now


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