California Video Game Industry Incentive Hearing Details

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What: The Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media will hold an informational hearing on Friday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the University of Southern California. The hearing, titled California’s Video Game Industry: Staying on Top of a Changing Game, will examine what the industry looks like and how California can maintain its leadership role in the field and strengthen its position for the future.

The hearing will explore the contributions of computer and video game industry, the role of colleges and universities in training the next generation of game development talent, opportunities and challenges in strengthening California’s position in industry, and the future of computer games in research, education, and workforce development.

Who: Assemblymember Ian Calderon, Chair of the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media, and committee members; speakers scheduled to testify before the committee who will offer their unique perspectives on the issue include Erik Huey, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Entertainment Software Association, Peter Marx, Chief Innovation Technology Officer for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, Tracy Fullerton, Director of the USC Game Innovation Lab, Craig Hagen, Corporate Director of Global Government Affairs for Electronic Arts, Kevin Klowden, Managing Economist and Managing Director of the Milken Institute’s California Center, Will Koch, Deputy Director of the California Competes Tax Credit Program at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and Walt Scacchi, PhD., Research Director for the UC Irvine Institute for Virtual Environments & Computer Games.

When: Friday, August 21, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: University of Southern California – SCI Building, Room 108, 
Los Angeles, California

Contact: Lerna Shirinian, Office of Assemblymember Ian Calderon: 562-692-5858

Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon is the Chair of the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media. He also serves as the Chair of the Select Committee on Youth and California’s Future. Assemblymember Calderon represents the 57th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Industry, La Mirada, La Habra Heights, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier, and the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Bassett, East La Mirada, East Whittier, Hacienda Heights, Los Nietos-West Whittier, South San Jose Hills, and South Whittier

Source: Press Release