NEWS: Kyle McCarley May Not Star in Mob Psycho 100 III Anime Due to Disagreement with Crunchyroll ab – Forum

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:30 pm Reply with quote

No real surprise here. My guess is that signing one person on a union contract opens up at least that production to having to do it for everyone. Considering how quickly the bulk of recording shifted to Texas, I assume Crunchyroll/Sony wants to be able to be more selective on when it pays union rates. Paying a lead actor here or there wouldn’t be a big deal, but having to do it for a whole series, or possibly having to do it every time an LA cast is/was involved, is something they aren’t going to want to do.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:37 pm Reply with quote
Damn that really sucks for LA people like Kyle, but what do you expect? It’s Crunchyroll, they’re in Texas, and Texas is very unfriendly towards unions. They are certainly prioritizing their own talent pool. I just hope they’re being paid well and given better benefits.

While I’m all in for unionizing, I’m concerned about how it would affect the non-union Texas talent, they would be deprived of finding VO work, and union talent especially outside Texas are going to be favored instead. I think that’s the biggest factor why CR is still resistant to go union.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:43 pm Reply with quote

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I just hope they’re being paid well and given better benefits.

Doubtful they are given any benefits (such as health insurance/dental, 401k, life insurance, etc) because it’s freelance work. McCarley specifically says he relies on the union to provide those things for him.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:49 pm Reply with quote
I truly wish them the best of luck in getting CR to even have a discussion about it (I’ve long since been supportive of efforts to unionize more projects, especially when one company produces the majority of dubs – an already undervalued and underpaid segment of the acting sphere, let alone the VO industry).

But I’m not feeling confident based on one show/cast alone. Especially for Mob Psycho 100 which, as popular as it is, only has one final season left most likely. I can’t help but feel like unless multiple casts from multiple big shows came together on this in solidarity, CR will just tune it out and recast. And considering the pretty clear divide within TX on the issue, I don’t think that’s likely. And that really sucks.

Last time unionization discussions for CR shows started really getting some traction, everything on that front pretty much ground to a halt with the new “unspoken” mandate for local/in-person recording only. I suppose time will tell on this one.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:50 pm Reply with quote
That really sucks! Especially for Kyle because I can imagine he would play Mob in a heartbeat under ideal circumstances.

I hope they can figure something out. Having the final season of a show recast the lead character because of union issues would be…pretty bad.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:51 pm Reply with quote

therjabundo wrote:


While I’m all in for unionizing, I’m concerned about how it would affect the non-union Texas talent, they would be deprived of finding VO work, and union talent especially outside Texas are going to be favored instead. I think that’s the biggest factor why CR is still resistant to go 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 a union show without ever having to join. The producer simply needs to file what’s called a “Taft-Hartley Report.” If anything, this is the best of both worlds for NU talent.


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