About Us

We’re specialists. That’s the difference. Our writers complete a rigorous certification process and are highly skilled to meet the unique requirements of audio description. Our narrators are individually chosen with our client’s production specifications in mind, and we offer services in 18 different languages.

Research & development. Our advisory council led by expert consultants who themselves are blind, is vital to understanding the needs of blind and low vision consumers of visual media.

Our turnaround. A seamless production process delivers on budget and on time. Our technical expertise guarantees a top quality product, a commitment we’ve made to our clients since 2003.

Quality. Our clients and consumers of audio description recognize the quality of our work. We are a proud member of the Trusted Partner Network and the Netflix NP3 Program.

Our Team

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Rhys Lloyd

Studio Head

Prior to joining Descriptive Video Works, Rhys spent twelve years with Technicolor working in London, Los Angeles and Vancouver. He joined DVW for the opportunity to work alongside such a passionate group of technicians and artists, and is dedicated to bringing accessibility to media.

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Melissa Hope

Client Services Manager

Melissa fell in love with the art of audio description when an eye injury led her to binging audio described Netflix. Before joining DVW, Melissa managed a coworking space and an organic home delivery service.

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Laura Davies

Creative Services Manager

Laura began recording and mixing for DVW after working for a busy post-production studio in Toronto for 8 years, fresh out of the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University, and is fully immersed in how the different parts of DVW work together to ensure the best possible experience for our audiences.

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Kent Stephany

Technical Services Manager

Kent is a dedicated and innovative professional with a long-standing commitment to the success of DVW, and a graduate from the Post Production Recording Arts program at The Art Institute. Armed with a passion for sound and a drive for excellence, he joined DVW in 2004, marking the start of a remarkable career spanning nearly two decades. Kent has continually pushed the boundaries of technical excellence and creativity in the field of audio production and audio description.

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Chana Smith-Balloffet

International Operations Manager

As a speaker of English, French, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish, Chana has extensive experience in localization, having managed dubbing and subtitling of film, TV, and streaming content for major Hollywood studios and service providers. As a woman, immigrant, and person with multi-racial and ethnic identities, Chana is passionate about equality of access to information, education, culture and entertainment.

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Nefertiti Matos Olivares

Workflow Manager, Quality & Inclusion

Nefertiti Matos Olivares is a blind bilingual Latina who is deeply committed to ensuring that culture is a shared space for all. As a professional voice talent who specializes in Audio Description Narration with an extensive background in Assistive Technology and museum accessibility, Nefertiti fervently advocates for disability inclusion and passionate about creating culturally competent audio description.

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Biplav Sarangi

APAC Manager

Having worked for over a decade in the field of content localisation, Biplav currently serves as the APAC Manager for Audio Description Operations at Descriptive Video Works, passionately working to enhance accessibility for global audiences.

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Jenna “Jennissary”

Live & Interactive Producer

A hobbyist turned professional, Jenna has been writing and performing Audio Description for many years. Previously, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry and US Army, but has always been passionate about accessible gaming. 

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Kimberly Manky

Communications Manager

Kimberly is a writer and communications expert who has written for Lonely Planet, Disney, ABCmouse.com, Nickelodeon, and Darling Magazine. Her education includes a MA in Creative Writing from the University of London, a BFA from the University of British Columbia, and a certificate in Contextual Theology from St. Mellitus College in London, UK.

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Diane Johnson

Founder & Senior Advisor

As a vocal and tireless advocate for people who are blind and visually-impaired, Diane founded Descriptive Video Works in 2003 with the objectives of breaking new ground and removing old barriers to make television, film and other visual media accessible to blind and visually-impaired viewers. Today, her company is recognized as the gold standard of quality in audio description and is known internationally.

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Nate Schwartz

Project Manager

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Jamie Murray

Project Manager

Ana is a Latina woman in her late 30s. She has short, dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She wears a black sweater and natural-looking makeup with dark rosé lipstick.

Ana Galvao

Project Manager

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Susan MacDonald

Project Manager

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Alexia Mayoral

Project Manager

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Viola Rudershausen

Project Manager

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Francesca Clementi

Project Manager

Gabriela is a light-skinned, mixed-race, middle-aged Brazilian woman with short, curly dark brown hair. She is wearing a burgundy top and long gold earrings.

Gabriela Passos

Project Manager

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Maddy Fenton

Project Manager

Danna is a woman in her late 20’s. She is a Filipino with natural dark brown hair. Her hair is shoulder length which she wears on one side and the rest is pulled back. She wears a green square neck short sleeve dress with red and white vertical stripes. She has three piercings on the earlobes and one on the helix part of her right ear. She also wears braces on her teeth and pink lip gloss.

Danna Maraña

Client Services Assistant

Advisory Council

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Chancey Fleet

Advisory Council Member

A 2018-2019 Data & Society Fellow from Brooklyn, Chancey is a writer, organizer, and advocate that aims to advance public understanding and best practices in accessible technology.

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Juan Alcazar

Advisory Council Member

Juan Alcazar is a legally blind filmmaker and content creator. In 2017 he began his disability journey on YouTube after openly discussing his sight loss on his channel. He is now an advocate for accessibility and hopes to spread the word about disability and blindness through the medium of film and video.

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Ramya Amuthan

Advisory Council Member

Ramya Amuthan is the Cohost and Producer at Accessible Media Inc’s daily Entertainment and Lifestyle show, Kelly and Ramya. Her work involves meeting fascinating people, hearing their stories, and facilitating conversations that bring out the messages people want to tell. Consulting on accessibility and inclusion is something near and dear to Ramya; she brings in her lived experiences, ongoing learnings, and openness to collaboration to many spaces, including digital platforms, in-person events, description creation, artistic expressions, physical activities, and whatever else comes her way.

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Shawn Marsolais

Advisory Council Member

Shawn Marsolais is the Founder and Executive Director of Blind Beginnings and a registered clinical counsellor. Growing up with a visual impairment, she was personally impacted by the limited support that was available to families raising children who are blind or partially sighted. Shawn is passionate about supporting children who are blind or partially sighted to reach their full potential.

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Dr. Amy Kavanagh

Advisory Council Member

Dr. Amy Kavanagh is a disability consultant, activist and campaigner who uses social media to share her lived experience navigating the world as a blind Londoner alongside her Guide Dog. Amy is committed to celebrating disability, mobility aids and encouraging others to learn about the social model of disability.

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Brandon Cole

Advisory Council Member

Totally blind almost since birth, Brandon refers to himself primarily as an accessibility consultant, but he is also a blogger, podcaster, streamer, youtuber, voice actor, and most recently, audio description narrator. He has assisted in making AAA titles like The Last of Us Part 2 fully accessible to blind players everywhere. Brandon is on the front lines of blind accessibility in gaming and is confident this is only the beginning.

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Ross Minor

Advisory Council Member

Blinded at a young age, Ross Minor is an accessibility advocate and consultant with a specialty in digital media and video games. He has a Youtube channel where he posts about accessibility and a Twitch where he shows the world how accessibility enriches his gaming experience.

www.rossminor.com

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Thomas Reid

Advisory Council Member

As an Audio Description Narrator, Thomas has appeared on projects for Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, PBS, and more. He provides consultations for independent filmmakers, film festivals, co-facilitates workshops, and serves as moderator or panelist for discussions on audio description and content accessibility, and his podcast, Reid My Mind Radio, tells the stories of those impacted by all degrees of blindness and disability in general.

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Descriptive Video Works has always been excellent and a pleasure to work with, handling our requests efficiently. Allowing me to be worry-free as we moved through our project workflows to successful completion.

Garland Thompson Jr. — Global Events, Steve Jobs Theater, Apple

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