The Hollywood South Awards were introduced by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation in 2013 as the NVT Awards, to provide recognition to individuals in Louisiana who had done more than just their job as a performer, but who had given to the performing community and the community as a whole, beyond the call of duty.
It should be noted that the inspiration for the Awards was the tireless work undertaken over several years by Susie Labry (pictured at top, left), and who was the recipient of the inaugural main award in 2013 - The NVT Star Performer Award - for the endless hours she has spent as an advocate for the movie industry in Louisiana, as well as being a prolific actor in her own right.
The Awards were renamed The Hollywood South Awards in 2015 to incorporate performers in both Louisiana and Mississippi, the region covered by the New Orleans Local Chapter of SAG-AFTRA, and known as "Hollywood South". A new award is added each year as the ceremony develops, and the event became a bi-annual event in 2019, the year in which The NOLA Voice Talent celebrates its 10th year.
The Hollywood South Awards, organized by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, has become the most prestigious event in the movie industry in Louisiana and Mississippi, and has even won recognition from Hollywood, CA, the ceremony having been broadcast live worldwide on two occasions by a leading Hollywood-based internet radio station which boasts an average weekly audience of over 15 million listeners worldwide.