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Vivian O'Dell

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Vivian O'Dell
Biography and appearance
RaceHuman
GenderFemale
AffiliationHubris Comics
RoleManager
Gameplay
Mentioned inFallout 4
Fallout 76
 
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Vivian O'Dell was an employee of Hubris Comics (manager) and Galaxy News Network, working together with Tina Hopkins (lead writer) and Aaron Babowski (television producer) on The Silver Shroud and its television adaptation.

Background[edit | edit source]

On October 11, Hopkins involved Vivian O'Dell in her desperate attempt to contain Babowski and his changes. O'Dell actually supported the changes in order for the series to get to the small screen, but promised her to talk with Babowski, despite believing it to be a lost cause.[1][2]

Her concerns were not noted by the company, which was more concerned with the general success of the series, rather than retaining their user base. When Hubris agents managed to convince Claire Redelle to accept a role as the Mistress of Mystery on October 14, Evans Richelli and Aaron Babowski decided that such a high profile actress would ensure the success of the TV series. Losing her to Wisemans or other competing companies due to Hopkins standing in the way was unacceptable, and so they would have to ensure that Hopkins would leave the project. Her contract with Hubris was ironclad, so the only way they could achieve it was by making her quit of her own accord.[3] As expected, their choice did not go down well with Hopkins once she received the news the following day. The actress did not fit the Mistress of Mystery in her opinion, no matter what the gross for The Tomb of Amun-Ra was. Apart from being a redhead (as opposed to a brunette, as Mistress was envisioned), she had a shrill, waif voice, completely unfit for a character who's supposed to be a confident match for the Silver Shroud. She preferred Shannon Rivers for the role, who voiced the Mistress in the radio series and even looked the part despite being older than Claire. She promised to quit should Claire remain on the project, much to the satisfaction of the executives.[4] O'Dell promised to intercede on their behalf, and reached out to Babowski via electronic mail to protest Redelle's casting.[5][6]

Babowski was adamant in the reply, claiming the contract with Claire is signed and it's impossible to reverse course. He also casually dismissed Shannon Rivers as unsuitable for the role, based on her age: 20 years late for the role, with a face made for radio, in his own words. Then he also asked for more romance scenes between Mistress and the Shroud. And if the lead writer won't make them, she can be replaced by one of his associates from Hollywood.[7] Peter Shiner, the executive of Hubris Comics, got involved in the project two days later, on October 18, backing Babowski's choice of Claire for the role and the alterations to the costume, while stating that both O'Dell and Hopkins were right: Redelle needed to become a brunette for the series and her voice just didn't fit the character. He proposed dubbing Claire over in post-processing, with Shannon providing the voice.[8]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Vivian O'Dell is only mentioned in Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.

References

  1. Hubris Comics terminals; Manager's Terminal, 10-11-77: "From: Tina Hopkins
    To: Vivian O'Dell
    Subject: Now an English Butler?!
    I came into work today and found another stealth revision to the shooting script. Now the Shroud has an English butler? I keep telling Babowski that we need our core fans to be our evangelists. So we can't keep making these stupid little changes. You have to talk to him before you go on vacation. Otherwise, I swear I'm bringing it up to Pete."
  2. Hubris Comics terminals; Writer's Terminal, 10-11-77: "From: Vivian O'Dell
    To: Tina Hopkins
    Subject: RE: Now an English Butler?!
    I'll talk with Mr. Babowski, but I wouldn't get my hopes up. Pete brought him in because he gets television. We have to accept that there's going to be changes to get to the small screen. I agree our fans are important - but the Silver Shroud's numbers outside of Boston are... well, not ideal. A lot is riding on the success of the pilot. If Mr. Babowski thinks an English butler could help the show - please, hear him out.
    I love the work you and Vince have done with the Shroud. We wouldn't be shooting this show without you. I know it's tough, but hang in there."
  3. Hubris Comics terminals; Producer's Terminal, 10-14-77: "From: Evans Richelli
    To: Aaron Babowski
    Subject: Claire can't wait
    I tried stalling her, but things are spiraling over here. Her agent was having dinner with Maxwell over at the Derby. Not good. Claire's still on board. She loves the script. She especially loves the outfit, you got the shots of that, right? Yowza. So I don't care what's going on over there - we need to sign her before we lose her to the Wisemans... or someone else.
    We looked into that Hopkins contract. It's ironclad. The only way she's out is if she walks. Her partner signed over his rights to Hubris, but she still has hers. If she even thinks of going to a lawyer, you gotta work your magic, Babo. Imagine if we needed her approval?"
  4. Hubris Comics terminals; Manager's Terminal, 10-15-77: "From: Tina Hopkins
    To: Vivian O'Dell
    Subject: PLEASE HELP
    I want to pull my hair out. Babowski has cast and signed a contract with Claire Redelle for the role of... the Mistress of Mystery. I don't care how much The Tomb of Amun-Ra grossed. The Mistress of Mystery is a brunette. Not blonde, brown, and definitely NOT A RED-HEAD!
    And have you heard Claire's voice? The Mistress of Mystery is confident, a match for the Shroud at his best day, not some half-starved waif that's known for her shrill screaming. Shannon Rivers has worked for us for decades. She is THE voice of the Mistress of Mystery - end of story. She's even a natural brunette. She's not as young as Claire, but surely we can do something with lighting to help with that.
    If we don't fix this, I swear I'm walking. I won't have my name in the credits for this train-wreck."
  5. Hubris Comics terminals; Writer's Terminal, 10-15-77: "From: Vivian O'Dell
    To: Tina Hopkins
    Subject: RE: PLEASE HELP
    Shannon is family. I promise you I will fight for this. This needs to be resolved before Sunday. I'm not cancelling my honeymoon (again) over this. Make sure Babowski doesn't sneak out before I can grab him."
  6. Hubris Comics terminals; Producer's Terminal, 10-15-77: "From: Vivian O'Dell
    To: Aaron Babowski
    Subject: Mistress of Mystery Casting
    It has come to my attention you've hired Claire Redelle for the role of the Mistress of Mystery for the show. This is unacceptable. The Mistress of Mystery has an iconic look - she must be a brunette. The Mistress of Mystery is a strong female protagonist, not some damsel in distress. Shannon Rivers has voiced MoM for years and is beloved in the Shroud and every other radio drama she's been a part of.
    I know we've had our differences, but this affects more than the Silver Shroud. The MoM and the Unstoppables are big brands. We absolutely must talk before I go on my vacation."
  7. Hubris Comics terminals; Manager's Terminal, 10-16-77: "From: Aaron Babowski
    To: Vivian O'Dell
    Subject: RE: Mistress of Mystery Casting
    Vivi, relax. If it's that important to you, maybe we can put Claire in a wig. But the contract is signed, so this is happening. What is it with you guys and Mrs. Rivers, anyway? Maybe 20 years ago. But now, she's got a face made for radio. Am I right? Claire's got star power and that's what we need. I talked with Petey-boy and he's agreed to a couple new scenes. We need romance. And Claire's got the goods.
    If Tina can't roll with this then I can fly in one of my boys from Hollywood. He's a class act.
    I got a full schedule today, dress rehearsals until 8. This can't wait until you're back from the Bahamas. So if we have to meet, 8's my only window."
  8. Hubris Comics terminals; Producer's Terminal, 10-18-77: "From: Peter Shiner
    To: Aaron Babowski
    Subject: MoM Casting
    Vivi got ahold of me before she left. I got the photos of Claire and she's dynamite. Love the alterations on the costume, it still feels like the comic but more believable. So I'll back you there. But I'm with Vivi. MoM's a brunette. Period. And her voice needs to be strong. Claire's voice isn't. Can we have Shannon dub over Claire in post (that's the word, right?) That would be the best of both worlds."