PRODUCER BOB BEKIAN HOSTING CINEMA EVENTS AT HIS BURBANK STUDIOS

Snoop Dogg at Loyal Studios. Snoop has produced multiple projects with Loyal Studios and is a big supporter of the effort to keep production in California.

(Burbank, CA)  Producer Bob Bekian –who owns  Loyal Studios in Burbank and Santa Monica– has been bringing together California Production people with a series of events to showcase new high definition technology, and stimulate production in the state.

The first event was co- sponsored by Band Pro, SONY, Edgewise Media, and Bekian’s rental companies  Pro HD Rentals.com and Loyal Studios.

Featuring over $3 Million worth of the latest cameras, cranes, and lenses, the event  showcased live demonstrations  of the SONY F65 camera system –which offers incredible resolution and is widely used on feature films and television.  Over 300 industry professionals attended and were introduced to the latest technology while networking with each other.

Loyal Studios President Bob Bekian and his son, Bryce, giving away prizes at one of Bekian’s industry events.

“We want to keep production in California and keep good people working,” Bekian says.  “The best talent and the major studios are all here, but we keep losing projects to other states because of more favorable tax incentives.  We have created an environment where production value stays high and costs stay reasonable.”

Bekian has developed what he calls a “one stop production shop” which incorporates his pre-lit studios, 75 HD cameras, top technical people with an in-house control room and edit suite.

“We are excited about our newest expansion,” Bekian adds, “which incorporates a Newtek  Tricaster system into the control room of Loyal Studios and is connected to their pre-lit greenscreen with multiple HD cameras. What this system does is create dozens of virtual sets as well as offers over 1000 digital back-plates for the greenscreen.  Clients can now shoot in hundreds of realistic digital environments all within our studios without having to incur the cost of shooting on-location.”

Johnny Depp at Loyal Studios in Burbank California.

Johnny Depp at Loyal Studios in Burbank California.

Bekian is continuing to put together events in his studios, with the next one sponsored by Canon and featuring the new Canon cinema cameras and lenses including the C-500 model.

Bekian’s Loyal Studios have been a favorite of A-List celebrities including The Black Eyed Peas, Gerard Butler, Don Cheadle, Guillermo Del Toro, Johnny Depp, and Snoop Dogg.

For more information about Loyal Studios or Upcoming events, Please visit www.bobbekian.com   And www.loyalstudios.tv

R&B LEGEND KEITH SWEAT PARTNERS WITH TV/FILM PRODUCER JOJO RYDER OF UNTOUCHABLE J PRODUCTIONS

JoJo Ryder and Keith Sweat

JoJo Ryder and Keith Sweat on the set of Ryder’s documentary about Keith’s life.

The Harlem-born R&B singer, and the CEO of Untouchable J Productions, JoJo Ryder, have entered into a strategic partnership to create content for television that includes a documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of Keith’s career from the 80’s and 90’s to present day.  TM Mann Entertainment saw the formidable charge these two could bring, and brought them together.

“I feel really good about how my company and UJP are working together,” Sweat said today.  “I am aware of JoJo’s success, and his understanding of the demographic of the 18-34 age group.  I can’t wait for everyone to see the content that we create, baby.”

Keith Sweat and JoJo Ryder

JoJo Ryder directing Keith Sweat on set at Loyal Studios in Burbank.

Loyal Studios in Burbank, CA, was used for the initial interviews.  “Having these two great talents collaborating in our studios is amazing,” said Bob Bekian, CEO of Loyal Studios.  “Keith Sweat has an incredible body of work, and JoJo Ryder is one the hottest television and film producers in Hollywood right now.”

Ryder has multiple projects in process as well as television and development deals that several major studios are involved in.

“It’s a thrill to be working with a living legend of Keith’s caliber,” Jojo said. “There are so many layers to Keith that viewers will find fascinating when the content comes out.”

It seems as if the pairing of UJT and Keith Sweat is truly an ‘untouchable’ partnership.
Keith Sweat has a book entitled “Make It Last Forever” coming out February 14th, 2013.

For more on Keith Sweat, visit The Sweat Hotel

For Producer JoJo Ryder, visit IMDB

For Bob Bekian and Loyal Studios, visit Loyal Studios.TV

PRO HD RENTALS LAUNCHES MEDIA RENTAL DIVISION

sony sr memory card

Sony SR Memory Card

Burbank, CA (June 14th, 2012) –Building on a 5 year reputation of providing high definition equipment rentals to the entertainment and production industry, Pro HD Rentals has opened a new division which focuses on tapeless media rentals.  Most of the content shot in today’s production world involves recording onto reusable media devices; such as cards, drives, and discs.   In the past, content was recorded onto magnetic tape, and those tapes served as “Masters” which an editor used to work with in the post production process.

The newer technology—particularly from Sony and Panasonic  —involves reusable media cards, which can hold up to 64gb of information on a card about the size of a credit card.  Pro HD Rentals –founded in 2005—has 75 HD camera systems as well as 3 high tech sound stages, and a full array of production equipment for rental to the professional production community.  Recently, the company added a full-service post production facility, and is able to completely provide all production services to clients; including creative development and execution of finished content.

panasonic 64G P2 card

Panasonic 64G P2 card

Sony SxS

Sony SxS 64gb Media Card

“We are always looking forward at technology to stay in pace with the rapid changes in our business,” says Bob Bekian, CEO of Pro HD Rentals.  “As tapeless camera systems have gone by the wayside in our production facilities, and the newer systems require reusable media, we have developed a program to provide thousands of terabytes of storage to feature films, television, branded content, and cable clients.”

The newest tapeless technology is known as the Sony SR high definition format, which stores the highest resolution of HD information onto the media.  Sony has launched a memory cartridge to coincide with the new camera systems associated with this format.

“We see a growing market for reusable media rentals, and we have the inventory and business model to meet that growing demand,” Bekian adds.

CF 64gb Card

CF 64gb Card

Another very popular media format is the CF (Compact Flash) card, which are about the size of a Wheat Thin cracker.  These cards can hold up to 64gb of High Definition content, and are widely used with the Canon 5D DSLR systems.  Pro HD Rentals has developed online technical charts which allow anyone to preview the cards recording capabilities and functionalities to assist in determining which cards are appropriate for any given project.

Pro HD Rentals also carries an extensive line of these popular DSLR cameras as well as the lenses, monitors and other accessories this new breed of high performance cameras requires.

For more information, please visit ProHDRentals.com

BOB BEKIAN, REALTVFILMS.COM PLATINUM SPONSOR FOR THE 2012 L.A. FILM FESTIVAL

LA Film Festival

2012 LA Film Festival

LOS ANGELES (June 14, 2012) –The time has come once again for independent filmmakers and well-known industry professionals to rub elbows at one of the biggest film festivals in the nation.  The 8th annual 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks-off today, June 14th, for a 10 day run of screenings that include the cinematic accomplishments of over 30 countries, including music videos, short films, and feature lengths. If you want more than screenings, the LA Film Festival offers exclusive programs like Poolside chats, Coffee Talks, the Filmmaker Retreat, musical events and more.  Inside the Festival Village, excited cinemaphiles, as well as Film Independent members will be able to connect with award-winning, critically acclaimed filmmakers and producers as they showcase their best work to the world.

On June 13th, the LA Film Festival –presented by Film Independent and Host Venue, Regal Cinemas LA LIVE Stadium 14—released its list of sponsors for this world-renowned event.  Among those greeted with providing media coverage for the festival is RealTVFilms, with head producer Gordon Vasquez.  “RealTVfilms is excited to be an official accredited media company providing coverage for its large industry fan base,” says Vasquez.  “RealTVFilms Platinum Sponsor for 2012 is Producer Bob Bekian, CEO of Loyal Studios and Pro HD Rentals. Bob Bekian can provide everything you need for your film, television, and web productions.”

Bob Bekian and Samantha Gutstadt

Bob Bekian and Samantha Gutstadt from “Filth to Ashes. Flesh to Dust.”

RealTVFilms has a long, successful history with Loyal Studios, and both share a deep, passionate love for the movies and appreciate what Film means for millions of people.

“The Los Angeles Film Festival is one of the most important places to find cutting-edge films,” says Bekian.  “The variety of films and the overall organization of the event combine to create an excellent festival.”

The Festival will run from June 14th to June 24th.  Most of the screenings will take place at the Regal Cinema LA LIVE Stadium 14.  Boasting an expansive seating compliment of over 800 at the Regal Premiere House, the stadium also features a high quality digital projection 70 foot wide screen.

Passes and tickets are currently on sale to Film Independent members and the general public. In addition to screenings and events, Festival passes provide access to a series of networking receptions and entry to the Filmmaker Lounge, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit LAFilmFest.com

Please continue to read the official Press Release on the LA Film Festival sponsors at RealTVFilms.com.

To learn more about Loyal Studios, please visit www.loyalstudios.tv

RIDLEY SCOTT’S “PROMETHEUS” USES RED EPIC CAMERAS

Charlize Theron on the set of "Prometheus" with the RED EPIC camera system.

Charlize Theron on the set of “Prometheus” with the RED EPIC camera system.

(Burbank,CA June 2012)   “Prometheus” is a 2012 Science Fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Damon Lindelof.  Starring Charlize TheronNoomi Rapace and Guy Pearce, the story takes place late in the 21st century and centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map left by an ancient civilization. The crew seeks out the origins of humanity, but discover a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race.

The film was originally in development in the early 2000’s as the 5th Alien franchise, with both Ridley Scott (“Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Kingdom of Heaven”) and powerhouse director, James Cameron (“Titanic,” “Avatar,” “Terminator”) developing ideas for a prequel to Scott’s 1979 classic film “Alien.”

Production began in April 2010 with extensive production design , creating the aspects of the shots needed to produce a realistic future world.

RED EPIC on a 3D rig

RED EPIC cameras configured with an 3ality Technica 3D system

Principal photography began in March 2011 with an estimated budget of $120 million. Filming took place almost entirely on practical sets on location in London, Iceland, Spain, and Scotland– including the James Bond 007 set at the world famous Pinewood studios.

The HD cameras used exclusively on the shoot were the RED EPIC systems, which are capable of extremely high 5k resolution.  The cameras were set up on specialized 3D rigs and were paired with Zeiss Ultra Primes and Angenieux Optimo Lenses.

Ridley Scott's "Prometheus"

Behind the scenes production image from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”

“Cinematographer, Dariusz Wolski, has an incredible eye, and produced truly amazing sequences with these cameras,” noted Bob Bekian, president of Pro HD Rentals — who supplied several types of High Definition equipment for the production.  “ The 3ality Technica 3D systems are really the state-of-the-art configurations, and offer the most advanced type of 3d integration possible to manage the incredible amount of digital information two RED EPIC cameras can produce,” Bekian adds.

RED EPIC

RED EPIC system provided by http://www.prohdrentals.com

20th Century Fox’s “Prometheus” opens June 8th  and will add to the list of 2012 large scale productions slated for release this summer, including the already successful “Avengers,” “Men in Black III,” and the soon to be released “Amazing Spiderman.”
For more information about “Prometheus,” visit foxmovies.com.

For more information on high definition cameras and pre- lit vfx studios visit www.prohdrentals.com and www.loyalstudios.tv

PRO HD RENTALS MOVES FORWARD INTO NEW CANON 5D MARK III PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

5D mark III

5D Mark III

(Burbank, CA) (May 31st, 2012)  Pro HD Rentals, a leader in high definition production services, is launching a new program to support the growing demands of film, television, and commercial production.  Founded in 2005, the company has embraced the newer high definition camera systems and accessories, and combined that equipment with top level service and technical support.

One of the newest items the company is now carrying is the Canon 5D Mark III DSLRcamera.  This new camera follows the incredible success of the Canon 5D Mark II and has several notable improvements; including noise reduction processing, and an uninterrupted (up to 30 minutes) recording time.  Besides these advances, the Canon 5D mark III does intra frame compression, which enhances the editorial workflow as well as opens up the camera to provide content to networks requiring intra frame compression.

Avengers

Avengers

“We have had great success with the Canon 5D Mark II, providing cameras and technical support for Marvel’s ‘The Avengers,’ as well as ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” says Pro HD Rentals president, Bob Bekian.  “The camera system is very robust, compact, and produces an incredible image.”  The addition to the Pro HD Rentals fleet of the improved canon 5D Mark III’s will give Pro HD Rentals an increased footprint in the production world.

The company also partnered with Loyal Studios in order to provide a complete, professional full service production facility that includes a pre-lit HD studio, camera and audio equipment, award winning crew, grip, and lighting packages.  “Our reputation for supporting professional production with a comprehensive set of resources has simplified the process and reduced costs,” Bekian adds.

Avengers

Behind the scenes for “Avengers”

Producers are taking note, booking the 3 Loyal Studios facilities (two in Santa Monica and one in Burbank) almost full time on a consistent basis.

For more information regarding Pro HD Rentals, visit www.prohdrentals.com

For information on complete production service and support please visit www.loyalstudios.tv

To learn more about the Canon 5D Mark III, please vist www.usa.canon.com

PRODUCER BOB BEKIAN LAUNCHES A HIGH-TECH AD AGENCY TARGETING BRANDED CONTENT FOR THE INTERNET

Producer Bob Bekian shooting a commercial at his Burbank studio

(Santa Monica, CA) – Producer and Media Entrepreneur, Bob Bekian, has always thought outside the box.  The former professional skateboarder from Venice, California, built a group of innovative media companies that leverage technology and creativity together to deliver high quality production services to thousands of clients.

Beginning with distributing blank professional media stock, Bekian partnered with the founder of Computer Discount Warehouse (CDW) and grew that company to the largest Sony and Panasonic professional media distributor in the world.  Bekian then created Pro HD Rentals, Greenscreenla.com, and Loyal Studios in the entertainment community before starting his own web channel known as RealHD.TV.

Snoop Dogg shooting an HD commercial at Loyal Studios in Santa Monica California

Bekian has produced over 800 commercials and music videos, reality show sequences, features, and internet projects in his high tech studios, and has worked  with and directed some of the biggest stars in the entertainment business, including Gerard Butler, Billy Crystal, Heidi Klum, and Don Cheadle.

“We were the first to develop a turn-key production solution,” Bekian says.  He was disappointed to see production leaving California because of the high cost and red tape that evolved after 100 years as the production capitol of the world.  In response, Bekian began consolidating the production process into one service rather than a fragmented group of steps producers traditionally deal with.

“Bob Bekian never accepts the status quo,” noted producer Brian Grazer.  “I think his combination of go-for-it skateboarding roots, and incredible creativity allowed him to see over the trees rather than getting bogged down with what people say can’t be done.”

Bob Bekian in his post production facility which offers clients a complete start to finish commercial production service.

Bekian’s Loyal Studios has become a self contained “production factory” providing a place where projects can be conceptualized, shot, edited, and then distributed very quickly and at a very reasonable cost.  Clients can view progress via the internet all over the world.

“I found that with many traditional ad agencies, there are a lot of egos and fear of making a decision,” Bekian adds.  “Often I would see the client on the sidelines while 10 people were debating about how to produce a commercial.  That is not the way we run our creative process.”  Loyal Studios uploads clients videos to dozens of web channels simultaneously, creating measurable web traffic and brand awareness for their product.

Loyal Studios Commercial production facilities include the most sophisticated camera systems and pre-lit greenscreen studios

Citing the collaborative approach his teams bring to each project combined with a one stop shop compiling the latest technologies, Bekian and his studios are on the move.  The new commercial division of Loyal Studios specializes in fully produced short form branded content and commercials.  Clients already include Snapple, Freeway Insurance, Jimmy Dean Breakfast Foods, Prius, Chevron and One Hour Energy products.  “We intent to keep production in California by producing quality ads that are affordable and effective,” adds Bekian.

For more information about Bob Bekian, visit www.bobbekian.com

For more information about Loyal Studios, check out www.loyalstudios.tv

To see RealHD.tv, please click www.realhd.tv

Loyal Studios Co-Producing Pilot for “Loiters Squad” with Odd Future

OFWGKTA

If you know what “OFWGKTA” stands for, you either know an avid texter, or you live for the thrill of soul-pumping beats.  The lengthy acronym belongs to the eclectic, alternative Hip Hop group called, “Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All” from Los Angeles.  Their sound joins the ranks of groups defining the music of a generation.

Odd Future OFWGKTA

Tyler: The Creator, OFWGKTA

Lead by Tyler: The Creator, the group took off in 2007, but it’s not just one band.  Odd Future is compiled of different subgroups like “The Jet Age of Tomorrow,” and “MellowHype.”  Odd Future shows off the talents of ten eclectic artists from Los Angeles, including Syd the Kyd, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Left Brain, Jasper Loc, Mike G, and Matt Martian.  The group’s success grew exponentially over the last five years with their internet fan base spilling over into crowded venues like London’s “The Drop,” Southern California’s “The House of Blues,” and the annual master-bands weekend, Coachella.

OFWGKTA lands this year in the cities of London, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester for their 2012 tour.  Tickets pre-sold-out last year.
 
Odd Future

Odd Future "OFWGKTA"

Loyal Studios and their production crews shot the pilot episode of Loiters Squad in the pre-lit HD greenscreen studio in Burbank California, combining SONY HD camera systems with the 1000 watt playback system that is built into the studio.

(Quote) “Odd Future is on the cutting edge of creativity and free expression. Their talents go beyond Hip Hop into a multilevel entertainment brand. We expect their success to continue to grow as they expand their reach into comedy and television on adult swim.” Says producer Bob Bekian who is also the CEO of Loyal Studios and founder of REALHD.TV.

Odd Future

Odd Future

True to feeding the voracious viewers with slightly weird, unique, and unconventional animated or live action entertainment, Adult Swim will add Odd Future to the mix with “Loiter’s Squad.”  The show will feature sketch comedies, pranks, and skits all calling Shenanigans that fans of Adult Swim have come to love.

“Loiter’s Squad” will air March 25th, 2012
For more information on OFWGKTA, visit their site HERE.
To learn more about Loyal Studios, go to www.loyalstudios.tv
For Bob Bekian’s projects, see www.bobbekian.com

Gary Sinise Teams Up with the USO and Loyal Studios to Provide Entertainment for the Last Troops to Leave Iraq.

Gary Sinise

Acadamy Award Nominee Gary Sinise

(Kuwait – 2012):   There were approximately 180,000 troops still in Iraq when the decision was made to get them home by Christmas 2011.  Many did return before the deadline, but due to the incredible logistical challenge, about 40,000 are still in Kuwait waiting to return to their families.  It is these men and women that Gary Sinise and his group will go to visit and entertain with the help of the USO and producer Jake Radamacher, who will document the busy itinerary with cameras and technical support from Loyal Studios.

Gary Sinise with Lt. Dan's Band

Gary Sinise with Lt. Dan's Band entertaining the troops in Iraq

Academy Award nominee, Gary Sinise –best known for his portrayal of war hero, Lt. Dan Taylor, in the iconic 1994 film “Forrest Gump” as well as his dynamic recurring role on CSI: NY,– formed the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2010.   The Foundation has devoted a significant amount of time and investment to support our military both at home and overseas.  From his concerts with his band, Lt. Dan’s band, to his taking time out of a very demanding production schedule to meet with soldiers, his efforts focus on boosting morale and honoring our troops. The feedback has been remarkable.

Gary Sinise Lt. Dan's Band

Gary Sinise devotes much of his free time to the U.S.O. and to veteran causes

“Gary Sinise is the Bob Hope of our generation,” noted Bob Bekian, CEO of Loyal Studios. “His devotion to honoring our troops is one of the most generous examples of an American giving back to his country and helping to recognize those who protect us.”

The last of American troops moving out of Iraq after the decade long war are now waiting in Kuwait to start their journey home.  After multiple tours, they look forward to seeing their loved ones again as celebrated, valiant men and women of the armed forces.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise, Star of CBS's "CSI: NY"

“We have worked closely with Gary on the documentary, Brothers at War, which tells the story of my family and their experiences in Iraq as well as the challenges they faced at home,” Rademacher said.

The Gary Sinise Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to the support and recognition of our troops.  More information can be found at http://www.garysinisefoundation.org

For more on Loyal Studios: www.loyalstudios.tv

For more on Bob Bekian: www.bobbekian.com

Brothers at war

REALHD.TV to Produce “Cars of the Stars”

Paul Rodriguez

Bryce Bekian and Paul Rodriguez's 454 Camaro SS

Burbank, CA (01/01/12):

The public is fascinated with celebrity life, and –as with regular folks, cars represent an extension of a celebrity’s personality.

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The "Black Beauty" from the Green Hornet Movie

From flashy to practical, classic to high tech, REALHD.TV is talking to celebrities about their cars and taking viewers behind the scenes to meet the stars and their “Rides.”

Snoop Dogg's 1965 Pontiac

Snoop Dogg's classic 1965 Pontiac "Lakermobile"

Southern California and the “Thirty Mile Zone” is a hotbed for the automotive culture, including those of the stars of the silver screen and those working in the Entertainment industry. Producer Bob Bekian combined the two to create a unique look at the Celebrities individual expression through their cars.  One of the most interesting cars is Snoop Dogg’s 1965 Pontiac Catalina with photo-realistic airbrushed paintings of all the Los Angeles Lakers with an honorary Snoop slamming a ball into the hoop (in full Laker uniform).  “That car reflects my love of the Lakers and this city,” Snoop says.”  I had the interior custom made with yellow and purple leather to represent my team’s colors.”

Kim Kardashian's Bentley

Kim Kardashian's Bentley rims with black rhinestones

La La Vasquez' Pink Range Rover

La La Vasquez' Pink Range Rover

Another interesting featured car is Kim Kardashian’s blacked out Bentley with custom made black rhinestone rims. This car gives new meaning to the term “bling.”  Kim’s good friend, La La Vasquez, rolls in a metallic pink Range Rover with custom wheels to match.  “Then there are the understated rides– like Will I Am‘s Tesla and Don Cheadle‘s Audi coupe.”  Bekian adds.

Bob Bekian and this 1969 Dodge Charger

Bob Bekian and his 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

As a collector of vintage and performance cars himself, producer Bob Bekian has loved cars since his boyhood days in West L.A.  “We coveted our Hot Wheels and dreamed of a day when we would own and drive cool real cars ourselves, so this project is based on a long time passion and love for the auto culture in Southern California.”  An avid collector of boomer and Hollywood memorabilia, Bekian has acquired an important vintage Hot Wheels collection, which is used frequently in movies and television.

Bob Bekian's hot wheels collection

Bob Bekian's Vintage Hot Wheels collection

REALHD.TV is a new lifestyle web channel that provides short form (2-5 minute) entertainment content to computers, tablets, or mobile devices.

For more on REALHD.TV, visit realhd.tv

To learn about Bob Bekian, visit his home page at bobbekian.com

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