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Critical Role Critical Role's New Show - Exandria Unlimited!

Critical Role is launching a new 8-week D&D 5E campaign on June 24th called Exandria Unlimited.

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"Exandria Unlimited is the newest eight episode mini-campaign brought to you by, and existing within, the same world as Critical Role. Following a fresh-faced and freshly formed crew of characters, this adventure begins in Emon, a city still recovering from the scars of the Chroma Conclave attack nearly 30 years later."


The show features Matt Mercer (as a player not DM), Aabria Iyenger (who will be the DM for this show), Aimee Carrero (who currently plays She-Ra), Robbie Daymond (voice of Marvel's animated Spider-man), Ashley Johnson (co-founder of Critical Role), and Liam O'Brien (also from the main Critical Role show).


I am so hyped for this!


 
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robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
And THE LEGEND OF VOX MACHINA isn't paying them much. They're working for scale on that. The funding for that is going to the animation teams
Well I imagine they will be well compensated for their VO work for the show now that Amazon is involved and the executive producer credits will be interesting.
 

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overgeeked

B/X Known World
i highly doubt they just sold the show to amazon and just get paid as VO. i am sure they act as a producing entity like WB or Paramount and will executive produce which shares a bit of any deal they make through prime.
Yeah. They own their IP. Look at the cooyright notice in the Wildemount book. “The world of Exandria, its groups of individuals, its elements, its distinctive characters, and its locations are the sole property of Critical Role. All rights reserved.” They’re too smart to sell their IP to anyone. Even Amazon.
 

jgsugden

Legend
Pick-up by Amazon Prime means Amazon is paying for the production of season 2 and 3 rather than Kickstarter. And probably gave them extra money for the rights
Amazon's payments will go to the production costs of future seasons, but the rights surrounding an animated series picked up by a streaming service are not as simplistic or uniform as you make them out to be.
But it also means if it does well in terms of ratings and ad revenue, that goes to Amazon not them
Often, compensation is tied to views.
They're not going to get much more from the show in the future apart from the paychecks for doing the VO in later seasons. And maybe some extra cash if Amazon chooses to renew for a season 4 or 5
This is not correct, at all. They selected Amazon for exposure and compensation. They had other options. If things worked, generally, as you supposed, the people that own the IP of a series would have no incentive to make those series.
The cartoon really just becomes advertising for their merch and the stream. If it attracts a wider audience, then they make more money. If it's only watched by existing fans it's a small bonus
This is incredibly incorrect. The notion that all they're getting out of this is minimal voice over payments is very wrong. The idea that if it is a hit they have no leverage to collect higher amounts of funds is wrong. If they were only going to collect a minimal voice over fee and lose all profit participation, they'd have been better off selling blu rays. Your position basically boils down to, "Hey they were given 11 Million in KS funds, and there is no way they can benefit at all from that gift." That KS gave the many millions to work with and they're reinvesting it to make it grow. The notion that this is intended to only give them a small amount of VO funds makes no sense in any way.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Last time they revealed sub numbers they were at 20,000 or $50,000 a month. Some of that going to bills and studio space (likely half)
Critters guestinate they're around 40,000 subs now
That's $75,000 for the cast and crew
Probably $3-4,000 each per month
Plus ad revenue (dndbeyond.com and one other plus a couple during the break), merch sales, licensing deals for Pops, comics, novels and miniatures
They're likely doing quite well

For some (Sam, Liam, Tal) it's their side hustle. A thousand bucks for four hours "work" goofing with friends
For others it's more of a main job. Laura really focuses on the merch, Travis manages the business while Marisha is a producer and Ashley does the charity. But even then, Tal and Liam took point on the art books
Sam does feel like he does less with the brand. But he's also the one with the more successful day job, being an Emmy award winner
Um…you know that Laura, and Ashley, are the voices of some of the most well know Big Deal video game characters of the last decade, right? Travis is The voice of animated Thor. How many times has Laura been late to a game because she was up for a major video game award?

The only person on the cast for whom I might believe CR needs to be a primary job is Marisha, and that’s only because she is still up and coming in voice acting, and she seems to have put a lot of focus into being a creative director.

Sam isn’t in another league from his cast-mates.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Um…you know that Laura, and Ashley, are the voices of some of the most well know Big Deal video game characters of the last decade, right? Travis is The voice of animated Thor. How many times has Laura been late to a game because she was up for a major video game award?

The only person on the cast for whom I might believe CR needs to be a primary job is Marisha, and that’s only because she is still up and coming in voice acting, and she seems to have put a lot of focus into being a creative director.

Sam isn’t in another league from his cast-mates.
Marisha is actually an amazing Producer: when she left Geek & Sundry and they started their own channel with her in charge, G&S immediately took a downturn, and Critical Role maintained much of what was fun about G&S. Pretty clear that Marisha was responsible for a lot of that behind the scenes, and still is.
 
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doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Marshall is actually an amazing Producer: when she left Geek & Sundry and they started their own channel with her in charge, G&S immediately took a downturn, and Critical Role maintained much of what was fun about G&S. Pretty clear that Marisha was responsible for a lot of that behind the scenes, and still is.
Yep. She is a very impressive creative, both as an actor/player, and behind the scenes.
 

wellis

Explorer
Has it ever been revealed what the overall name of their setting is, since Exandria & Wildemount are merely two continents in the setting? Like do they have an overall setting name yet?
 


Um…you know that Laura, and Ashley, are the voices of some of the most well know Big Deal video game characters of the last decade, right? Travis is The voice of animated Thor. How many times has Laura been late to a game because she was up for a major video game award?
Past tense
They're focusing more on CR now and taking fewer voice acting jobs. It has become their primary job rather than the side hustle it was when they started
 



jgsugden

Legend
Last year or two
Believe it came up in a TALKS MACHINA or BETWEEN THE SHEETS. Some interview
Their IMDB pages are a lot more sparse
There is nothing more sparse in their IMDB. I've watched all the Talks Machina and Between the Sheets and I have no recollection of these discussions.

Ashley just finished being on a TV show. She is as much an actor as a voice actor. She has not been as active in the last year, but she characterized that as 'taking a break' after being on a series.

Laura did just as much in 2020 as in 2019, and is on pace to do do as much again in 2021. She took very prominent roles in the past few years, and is considered elite talent in the industry.

You're way off base here.
 


overgeeked

B/X Known World
Also, there’s been this pandemic? We’ve all been doing less over the past 15 months!
Not them. They all have home recording studios and have mentioned a few times how VO hasn’t really slowed down at all. There was a few months where they were figuring out the pandemic, but got CR as safe as they could and kept producing content. The main show and several new ones. They are workhorses.
 


robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Not them. They all have home recording studios and have mentioned a few times how VO hasn’t really slowed down at all. There was a few months where they were figuring out the pandemic, but got CR as safe as they could and kept producing content. The main show and several new ones. They are workhorses.
So how do I square that with the earlier comment from another poster that their VO work had really dropped off?! ;)
 


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