YOLANDA PECORARO CAST AS LEAD IN “VENICE 13”

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Yolanda Pecoraro will play the lead in “Venice 13” Produced by Loyal Studios

Hollywood (CA):  The Producers of Venice 13, the controversial true story of an undercover unit in Los Angeles, have cast Yolanda Pecoraro in the lead role. Pecoraro will play Vanessa Rodriguez, the notorious agent who broke up an arms smuggling ring distributing weapons to Al-Qaeda cells in the L.A. area.

Executive Producers Bob Bekian of Loyal Studios, and JoJo Ryder of Untouchable J Productions went through an exhaustive casting process in order to find Pecoraro. “The character of Vanessa has to have a very complex set of skills and Yolanda Pecoraro can definitely fill that role.”  Noted Bob Bekian.

“She has athleticism, incredible acting skills and a realistic attitude about the character”

Venice 13 posterThe story follows Precinct 13 in Venice California which is a joint task force created to battle the 40,000 gang members distributing various types of contraband coming in through the port of Los Angeles.

Pecoraro is no stranger to contention herself, being recently linked to Tom Cruise after his breakup with Katie Holmes.

Venice 13 will also include Noah Blake (son of actor, Robert Blake) as Commander Chris Giamala who is the coordinator of the task force and is credited with saving the city of L.A. from a major terrorist attack.

Other notable additions to the project include a partnership with Dodge/ Chrysler which is providing many vehicles for the show including the “Hero Car,” a customized Challenger as well as a high- tech mobile crime van.

The highly anticipated series has been in pre-production and will begin shooting the pilot December 20th.

For more information on Bob Bekian’s projects, visit bobbekian.com

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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