Video Games Live Becomes Global PowerhouseMay 6th 2007
IMG ARTISTS JOINS FORCES WITH VIDEO GAMES LIVE AND THE WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY TO BRING VIDEO GAME MUSIC TO THE WORLD
Top Agencies Team Up to Promote and Position VIDEO GAMES LIVE as an International Live Entertainment Industry Leader
LONDON, UK - May 7, 2007 - IMG Artists is delighted to announce European, Asian and Australian representation of Video Games Live, the world's leading video game concert, produced by renowned composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall.
Created in 2002, Video Games Live has performed in front of over 75,000 people around the world since 2005. Performances include the record setting premiere at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as other countries including England, Brazil, Canada, Korea and New Zealand.
IMG Artists are no strangers to video game concerts and previously led the way for booking the successful “Dear Friends – music from FINAL FANTASY" tour as well as formerly representing and booking the game concert “Play!” into such prestigious places as the Sydney Opera House and the Singapore Arts Festival.
"The video game industry is the most innovative in entertainment and Tommy & Jack have really raised the bar for live music performances by combining so many spectacular elements to provide an absolutely stunning and unique concept." said IMG Artists Sr. Vice-President, European division, Manfred Seipt. "IMGA is proud to be associated with the premier video game concert in the world. It's going to be a huge success in Europe."
"Partnering globally with IMG Artists will ensure our success on a much more rapid time scale than we had previously expected", said leading game composer and Video Games Live co-creator Tommy Tallarico, "To have both the William Morris Agency and IMG Artists now in our corner is a testament to the strong growth and rising interest for our show on an international level."
With a live symphony orchestra and choir performing the music, together with spectacular visuals and effects, Video Games Live showcases not only the exciting music of video games, but also the dazzling cutting-edge visuals, interactivity, technology, community and fun that video games also provide. The ground-breaking production is thrilling audiences and critics worldwide, while bringing together the gaming and regular classical concert-going audiences as well as families to great critical acclaim and success.
“Our goal of building Video Games Live as a worldwide brand is becoming a reality,” said Marc Geiger, Senior Executive Vice-President of Touring for the William Morris Agency. “Tommy & Jack have created a very special event experience that is not only a hit with gamers but also speaks to a general mainstream global audience as well.”
"Video Games Live will sure to be very popular in Asia," said IMG Artists Sr. Vice-President & Director of Asian markets Mindy Coppin. "We've already received great interest in the show and are looking forward to growing Video Games Live to an even larger scale."
Video Games Live co-creator Jack Wall added, "Working!! with IMG Artists in Europe, Asia and Australia is very much taking us to a new level on our quest to be a perpetual world touring entity. We know that there is strong interest for what we are doing in these territories and IMG Artists will be helping to get us there.”
With the explosion of popularity and unparalleled growth in the video games industry, plans for an extensive European and Asian tour are already underway in the 2007 / 2008 season.
About Video Games Live™ (www.videogameslive.com) Created by two industry leading video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, Video Games Live (produced under their company Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC) is the front runner in the field of live game music performance. Video Games Live is an immersive concert event celebrating music from the biggest video games of all time. Top orchestras and choirs around the world perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussion, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. The debut performance launched on July 6th, 2005 at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the LA Philharmonic with over 11,000 people in attendance making it the largest video game concert in the world.
About IMG Artists (www.imgartists.com) IMG Artists is the global leader in the arts management business, combining the highest standards of management with an incomparable range of services to its customers and clients alike. Now with offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia, IMG Artists delivers an array of international capabilities including the management and touring of the finest musicians, dance companies, orchestras, and attractions; development and operation of music and arts festivals; consulting, advisory and event management work for governments, arts institutions, concert halls and corporations; and production of critically acclaimed audio/visual projects.
About the William Morris Agency (www.wma.com) Founded in 1898, the William Morris Agency (WMA) is the largest and most diversified talent and literary agency in the world, with principal offices in New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, London, Miami Beach and Shanghai. The Agency represents clients in all segments of the entertainment industry, including Motion Pictures, Television, Music and Personal Appearances, Broadway Theatre and Theatrical Touring, Book Publishing, Commercial Endorsements, Sports Marketing and Corporate Consulting.