Creating an impression
Our reputation for excellence in audio description stems from our collaboration with blind and visually-impaired viewers through our advisory council. Together with our production team, council members advise on all aspects of accessibility and describing visual media.
This knowledge, combined with a highly skilled team of writers, narrators and producers has earned us the international reputation as the trusted source of audio description in broadcast and streaming, live description, corporate and multimedia. Our work, in keeping with the industry’s best practices and guidelines as set out by the FCC and CRTC, enables our clients to receive top quality services for their visual media needs.
Emilie de la Nouvelle Lune
Ice Pilots NWT
So You Think You Can Dance
The Gold Rush
We appreciate that our clients share our belief in creating access to all forms of visual media. Our commitment to our clients, and our visually-impaired consumers, is to deliver overall excellence in keeping with industry practices and guidelines.
My name is Patrick Lennon, I am legally blind, and recently watched a series on Netflix called “The Killing” and just wanted to say your audio description was amazing. I would love to share this with other people who are legally blind. If you have other series or shows that you have worked for, please let me know where I can find those.”
To Diane Johnson and the Descriptive Video Works Team:
“I want to let you know how much I enjoyed the description of the Juno Awards. The show was so much more meaningful for me with the descriptions of clothing worn by performers and the antics of those who won awards. There was also mention of some things going on in the audience. You did such a terriffic job! I felt like I could really see, in my mind’s eye, just what was happening on the stages. Well done!”
With much appreciation,
“I just finished watching “Twin Life” and was fascinated by both the documentary itself but also how inclusive it was for my son and I to watch thanks to DVW. The narration was truly excellent and allowed me to get just as much out of the program as did my sighted son. Thank you for the terrific job not only on this project but all the other work you do”.
Since 2003, Descriptive Video Works has completed more than 20,000 television shows and feature films as well as short films, documentaries and TV commercials. These productions are accessible to millions of viewers on broadcast networks and streaming services.
Descriptive Video Works is proud to present a sample of our audio description:
Broadcast and Streaming Audio Description
- Dragons’ Den
- Swamp People
- Big Bang Theory
- American Pickers
- The Romeo Section
- Bitchin’ Rides
- Ozzie & Jack’s World Detour
- The Bachelorette Canada
- The A Word
Live Televised Theatrical Productions and North American Award shows
- Hairspray Live!
- The Wiz Live!
- Canadian Screen Awards
- Juno Awards
- Much Music Awards
- Stars on Ice
- So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Live Reality Programming
- Amazing Race Canada
- Battle of the Blades
Live Network Special Programming
- Discovery’s Daily Planet
- Royal Wedding
International Sporting Events
- CN Canadian Women’s Open
- 2016 Olympic Games Rio – opening & closing ceremonies and daily highlights
- 2016 Paralympics Games Rio – opening & closing ceremonies and daily highlights
- 2015 Pan American Games – opening & closing ceremonies
- 2015 Parapan American Games – opening & closing ceremonies
- 2014 Olympics in Sochi – opening & closing ceremonies
- 2014 Paralympics in Sochi – opening & closing ceremonies and highlights
- 2012 Olympic Games London – opening & closing ceremonies and daily highlights
- 2012 Paralympic Games London – opening & closing ceremonies and daily highlights
HIGH STANDARDS, HAPPY CLIENTS
“When we received 179 “I Love Lucy” shows to describe, I knew I could trust Descriptive Video Works to do a great job. Their work has always been of the highest quality. Descriptive Video Works shows its commitment to improving accessibility to on-screen programming day in and day out. They have described thousands of hours of programming for us, including more than 100 feature films. Their described video services play a key part in helping Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) fulfill its mandate of making “Television that includes everyone”
Director of Programming,
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)
“Descriptive Video Works has done a wonderful job making the comedy genius of Lucille Ball accessible to the visually-impaired. Both Lucy and my father came from a radio comedy background, so much of the humour of “I Love Lucy” is in the soundtrack. But a crucial element of the show’s phenomenal worldwide success is Lucy’s physical comedy. By filling in that missing piece, described video allows the visually-impaired to experience “I Love Lucy” in a way never before possible”
Son of “I Love Lucy” creator, Jess Oppenheimer
“I have counted on Descriptive Video Works for the described video element in the show I produce for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “Stars on Ice” features champions of figure skating performing original, unique and exciting programs and Descriptive Video Works has done a great job describing the visual elements of the show and making it accessible to all audiences. I have used their services for three years and they always deliver their elements to me in a timely manner and are a joy to work with. You can’t go wrong asking Descriptive Video Works to take on your descriptive video challenges”.
Producer, Stars on Ice Canada