VGL Co-Creator Tommy Tallarico Honored By Hollywood Arts

Video Game Pioneer Tommy Tallarico Honored By Hollywood Arts

HOLLYWOOD, CA – November 3, 2006 – Video game icon and television personality Tommy Tallarico is being honored by Hollywood Arts, which provides arts and educational services for homeless and at-risk teenagers and young adults, in their First Annual Dream Awards benefit January 27, 2007. The first charitable event of its kind to honor a member of the video game industry, the Hollywood Arts event will feature concert performances of music from popular video games. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Hollywood Arts to complete the renovation of a full service art center located in Hollywood, California.

“I am honored to have been chosen by Hollywood Arts. I understand how important their work is,” said Tommy Tallarico. “Also I see this as a great opportunity for the video gaming community to showcase the creativity and value found in video gaming.”

“It was important for us to build relationships with the video gaming community,” said Dylan Kendall, Executive Director of Hollywood Arts. “Our students gravitate to games. For us, as a learning activity, video games are able to promote emotional health and be an important incentive to teach our students critical life and job-skills.”

Hollywood Arts approached Tommy Tallarico after learning that he had a personal experience that gave him insight regarding the challenges their young students face.

“Tommy brings so much to Hollywood Arts. His own story was one of determination and conquering challenges. Few understand as well as Tommy that creativity and passion can really change lives,” says Kendall.

Tallarico introduced Hollywood Arts to other leaders in the video gaming industry who are helping to change the conversation around the role of video games both intellectually and emotionally in the lives of young people.

“As Tommy’s partner, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this event,” says Jack Wall, music producer and game composer. “I am excited to see video games recognized as a legitimate art form and I'm even more excited to be a part of a community dedicated to giving something back.”

The First Annual Dream Awards is slated to be held at Social Hollywood on January 27, 2007. Attendees will include entertainment executives, celebrities and political leaders. There will be a VIP reception, followed by an interactive performance of top video game musical scores and clips of famous scenes from video games, the Hollywood Arts Dream awards and an introduction to a Hollywood Arts young client. Slated to perform is the Dream Awards string orchestra and singer Charlotte Martin.

Event Committee
Cody Alexander: Head of Video Games – William Morris Agency
Jamil Moledina: Executive Director – Game Developers Conference
Jack Wall: Composer/Producer
Clint Bajakian: Senior Music Supervisor – Sony Computer Entertainment America
Charlie Boswell: Director of Digital Media & Entertainment – Advanced Micro Devices
Erin Collins: Vice-Chair, Producer/Marketing Consultant – APM Music
Todd M. Fay: President – Athem Entertainment
Rory Kaplan: President – Rory Kaplan Productions, Inc.
Leslie Lewis: President – Leslie Lewis Consulting
David Perry: CEO – gameconsultants.com
Bob Rice: CEO – four bars intertainment
Kelli Camarena



About Tommy Tallarico
Tommy Tallarico is a video game industry icon. One of the most successful video game composers in history, he has helped revolutionize the gaming world, creating unique audio landscapes that enhance the video gaming experience. Tallarico is also the host and producer of a popular network show on video games, co-creator and Executive Producer of Video Games Live and the Founder and President of the Game Audio Network Guild.


About Hollywood Arts
Hollywood Arts was founded to provide a range of arts classes, creative activities and job training for at-risk, runaway and homeless teenagers and young adults in the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded by Dylan Kendall, the organization currently is renovating classroom and office space for its programs at 1671 N. Western Ave., next to the famed Louis B. Mayer Building at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue. The center’s website is www.hollywood-arts.org.