SPONSORING LAUGHS AT THE 2011 L.A. COMEDY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

Los Angeles Comedy Shorts festival

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The LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival is back in town for a weekend of laughs and hopefully production deals for the many talented and funny   It will showcase new comedic talent, show off the shorts of the hottest comedians, and bring the world of comedy right to your face.  Those lucky enough to be stared down by the judges and win will be poised the write their own deals as “Funny”= “Money”.

It is a Celebrity-filled event that has had famous faces as guests, panelists, and judges for both past and now present events.  Some Notables from iconic, and comedic movies and shows include “Futurama,” “Family Guy,” Boondocks,” “Modern Family,” “SNL,” “Star Wars,” “MAD TV,” “Breaking Bad,” “Reno 911,” “Glee,” “Austin Powers,” “The Office,” and “Robot Chicken”–plus and many many more.    Their mission objective is, “…dedicated to introducing the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry, and helping them make the connections they need to take their careers to the next level.”  –from lacomedyshorts.com.

The festival began way back in the bygone days of 2009 when men were men, and women let them believe it.

Gary Anthony Williams, creator of the LACS

Gary Anthony Williams

It is the brainchild of famous comedian/actor, Gary Anthony Williams of “Boston Legal” and the voice of ‘Uncle Ruckus’ on Adult Swim’sBoondocks”.  Gary provided an interview to RealTV Films during the 2009 festival, joking about what he hoped people would get out of the festival.  “I hope people will go home with their own cars, because under each seat, we’ve put car keys, they can go out to any car and drive away.”  But seriously, he speaks about the LACS, saying, “It’s been amazing.  The sponsors have really helped us out.  ….. they’ve all come through more than I ever hoped they would.”  Then humorously adds, “Mark Hamill owes me $0.58.”

If you look on the “Sponsors” page, you’ll notice a familiar black and gray fist under ‘Festival Patrons.’  Loyal Studios is standing right alongside some of the many respected companies supporting the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival.  We do it because we love comedy, and we love the comedians that split our sides. “I am co-producing one of the projects with Snehal Patel, and we are happy to help make the event happen” says Bob Bekian, producer and owner of Loyal Studios.

The festival will run from April 7th—10th 2011.  To get your tickets, go Here.  The Venue:  The Downtown Independent Theater.

For all information regarding the festival, visit LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival

Like the Loyal fist on the Sponsors page?  Get the shirt here.  And if you like us, find out about what we do at www.loyalstudios.tv

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BOB AND SONIA BEKIAN DONATE THEIR STUDIOS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES

Bob and Sonia Bekian smile for the camera at Loyal Studios, Burbank

Bob and Sonia Bekian

California’s people have begun taking new steps toward that ever promising future of renewable energy and a cleaner environment.  West of the Salinas Valley, and East of Los Angeles, you’ll find massive windmills generating enough electricity to run the entire state…if we learn to use it properly. Some of the top organizations in the country are aiming to bring balance to humanity and the planet.  Groups like Plug in America.org which supports the Tesla energy efficient vehicle, the strong symbol of Energystar, the courageous international works of the Dancing Star Foundation, and the educational voice of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) are forward thinking organizations, and each of them has found friends among the most influential people in the country–Celebrities.

Understanding that the messages from these organizations need to be heard, Producer Bob Bekian and  Loyal Studios of Los Angeles has donated his Burbank and Santa Monica studios, HD camera Equipment, and crews on repeat occasions to support those that give their time and effort into helping the planet.  Hollywood’s involvement in spreading the word is an integral key to opening minds and educating people on what steps they can take.

“California has always been a trend setting and innovative state, and we have the unique combination of world- class broadcast facilities as well as some of the most notable talent to help get the message out and make real changes in the way we approach our environmental challenges,” notes Bob Bekian, CEO of Loyal Studios.

Academy award winner Don Cheadle, and supermodel Gisele Bunchen at Loyal Studios for a UNEP PSA.

Don Cheadela and Gisele Bunchen

Actor Don Cheadle and the beautiful Gisele Bundchen became ambassadors for the UNEP in 2011 and accepted Bob Bekian’s offer to use the Santa Monica stage to alert the world on ways Humanity can live and sustain the precious, yet shrinking ecosystems of the planet.  John Corbett, most recognizable from his role in “Northern Exposure” worked with the Department of Energy (DOE) to educate people on the levels of the Energystar grading system.  He even urged businesses to battle one another to see who could get the lowest power bill in a months’ time.  The Tesla electric vehicle brought Pluginamerica.org into the homes of millions with their PSA on the accelerating advances of cars that utilize the current in your own home to recharge.  Michael Tobias, head of “Dancing Star Foundation” traveled the globe capturing footage of places most people only see in magazines.  Dancing Star and Loyal Studios collaborated on a 90 minute three-part special entitled, The State of the Earth, focusing on the goal of “helping Humankind protect the natural world.”

Loyal Studios has not only offered its facilities to these organizations to produce the programming, but has taken measures to keep themselves Green; such as using energy efficient studio lighting in the stages, installing Energystar compliant appliances in the kitchens, and establishing a clear in-house recycling program easy for both crew and clients to take part in.

The broadest message that links each of these projects couldn’t be more simple or easy to follow: Even the most miniscule act can create the most noticeable difference. “We want to do our part to help bring awareness to ways people can improve and protect our environment” Bekian added. Loyal Studios and Bekian plan on several other environmental messages in his studios that will include Brad Pitt, Kobe Bryant and Angelina Jolie in 2011.

For information about Loyal Studios, please visit www.loyalstudios.tv

For more information on upcoming environmental productions visit www.bobbekian.com

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LOYAL STUDIOS AND BOB BEKIAN HOST NICOLE SCHERZINGER AND JASON BONHAM

Jason Bonham on the drums playing Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" with Nicole Scherzinger killing it on vocals.

Jason Bonham on the drums

Nicole Rocks Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” at Loyal Studios in Burbank,California.   Loyal Studios has been the home for musicians both known and new –such as Italian rock star “Glam”, Snoop Dogg, Young Dre, Travis McCoy, LMFAO, Fall Out Boy, Cee-Lo Green, Booda, Ray J, and popular children’s rock star, “Riff Rocket” to name a few.

Loyal Studios offered the Burbank facility to the beautiful Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of “Pussycat Dolls“, and Jason Bonham, son of John Bonham,of the infamous “Led Zeppelin”.  The spot was for ESPN’s NBA Playoff schedule.

“Technically we shot on the Panasonic Varicam system along with a Fisher dolly and a 15’ track system” says Bob Bekian, owner of Loyal Studios.  “The client wanted a huge light source, so we provided an ARRI T12 10,000 watt source with a huge Chimera,” Bekian added.  “The whole light system with Chimera reminded me of a Volkswagen due to its large size.”

Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls rocks Led Zeppelin's classic "Black Dog."

Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls

The studio rocked with  Nicole’s beautiful voice singing a Led Zeppelin classic “Black Dog” with Bonhamon drums. The spot will air on ESPN during the NBA Playoffs to promote the playoff series.

“Both Nicole and Bonham are incredible performers” added Bekian. “She did that song justice, and John Bonham would be proud to hear his son honor his music the way he does.”  EXTRA came in to cover the story and interview Nicole who confessed she Loves Led Zeppelin and NBA Basketball, which showed in her incredible energy and brilliant performance.

To learn more about Loyal Studios, please visit www.loyalstudios.com or www.bobbekian.com

To see the NBA commercial, please click HERE.

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HULK HOGAN AND 1800LOAN MART GET INTO THE RING AT LOYAL STUDIOS

 

Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart get into the ring at Loyal Studios for a 1800loan mart commercial.

Hulk Hogan in the ring at Loyal Studios

1800LoanMart has stepped away from the cubicle and into the ring with world famous professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan.  You may have seen the commercial with the lonely boyfriend or the banker, or heard the radio spot for the loan company last summer, focusing on helping individuals with bad or no credit to find a loan.

Terry Bollea –better known to the world as “Hulk Hogan“– has made a formidable career out of bodyslams, documenting family drama, commercials, the latest hit “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling,” on CMT, and his own line of fitness power fuel–“Hogan’s Energy“.  Through it all, the tough-as-nails athlete has always been careful to keep his image –and his family–away from the tabloids and in with the familiar professional wrestling champion aspiring wrestlers of three decades grew up with.

The spot for 1800LoanMart also features Jimmy Hart –best known for “Wrestlemania“, and his presence in the WWE hall of fame.  In order to bring “Hulkamania” and Hart to the world of loans, 800LoanMart called up Bob Bekian with an unusual request:  build a wrestling ring on our pre-lit Santa Monica green screen stage.  Loyal Studios has received many a unique request in the past–such as gymnasts jumping off the roof, skateboarding off the outdoor urban set, and building a pirate ship for Disney’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.”  Of course we agreed, and scratched down another memorable moment in Loyal Studios history.

Hulk Hogan knocks some sense into a loan-troubled man

Hulk Hogan knocks some sense into a loan-troubled man

“We are thrilled that Loyal Studios was chosen to shoot these commercials with Hulk Hogan.  He was one-hundred percent professional, and great to work with,” says Bob Bekian, owner of Loyal Studios.  Loyal Studios is a full-service production facility with locations in Santa Monica and Burbank. “It was a bit of a challenge to construct a full sized wrestling ring inside our studio, but we were able to pull it off, and execute the shoot.  We shot the commercials with the RED One, utilizing prime lenses, and constructed a special shooting platform high up over the ring in order to capture a birds-eye shot.”  Bekian adds, “We are always looking to work with our clients and producers to try and facilitate their production objectives and challenges, and in this case we were able to do accommodate their requirements.”  “It was also fun to work with Jimmy Hart, who complimented Hulk’s performance very well.  Both Hulk and Jimmy were very gracious to everyone on the set, which helped to keep the energy strong throughout a 15 hour shoot day.”

Jimmy Hart at Loyal Studios, Santa Monica

Jimmy Hart

The world of professional wrestling has changed forever with Hulk Hogan’s name at the top of the mountain, and the mania will continue stronger than ever if the Hulkster has anything to do with it.  And he still has plenty more to say.

Love Hulk Hogan?  Visit his home page at Hulkhogan.com

Want to know more about Loyal Studios?  Click on Loyalstudios.tv

Get in on the deal with 800LoanMart.com

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Santa Monica, CA (PrBuzz) July 8th, 2011 — 1800LoanMart has stepped away from the cubicle and into the ring with world famous professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan.  The commercial with the lonely boyfriend or the banker for the loan company last summer focused on helping individuals with bad or no credit to find a loan.

Terry Bollea –better known to the world as “Hulk Hogan“– has made a formidable career out of bodyslams, documenting family drama, commercials, the latest hit “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling,” on CMT, and his own line of fitness power fuel–“Hogan’s Energy“.  Through it all, the tough-as-nails athlete has always been careful to keep his image –and his family–away from the tabloids and in with the familiar professional wrestling champion aspiring wrestlers of three decades grew up with.

The spot for 1800LoanMart also features Jimmy Hart –best known for “Wrestlemania“, and his presence in the WWE hall of fame.  In order to bring “Hulkamania” and Hart to the world of loans, 800LoanMart called up Bob Bekian with an unusual request:  build a wrestling ring on our pre-lit Santa Monica green screen stage.  Loyal Studios has received many a unique request in the past–such as gymnasts jumping off the roof, skateboarding off the outdoor urban set, and building a pirate ship for Disney’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.”  Of course we agreed, and scratched down another memorable moment in Loyal Studios history.

“We are thrilled that Loyal Studios was chosen to shoot these commercials with Hulk Hogan.  He was one-hundred percent professional, and great to work with,” says Bob Bekian, owner of Loyal Studios.  Loyal Studios is a full-service production facility with locations in Santa Monica and Burbank. “It was a bit of a challenge to construct a full sized wrestling ring inside our studio, but we were able to pull it off, and execute the shoot.  We shot the commercials with the RED One, utilizing prime lenses, and constructed a special shooting platform high up over the ring in order to capture a birds-eye shot.”  Bekian adds, “We are always looking to work with our clients and producers to try and facilitate their production objectives and challenges, and in this case we were able to do accommodate their requirements.”  “It was also fun to work with Jimmy Hart, who complimented Hulk’s performance very well.  Both Hulk and Jimmy were very gracious to everyone on the set, which helped to keep the energy strong throughout a 15 hour shoot day.”

The world of professional wrestling has changed forever with Hulk Hogan’s name at the top of the mountain, and the mania will continue stronger than ever if the Hulkster has anything to do with it.  And he still has plenty more to say.

Love Hulk Hogan?  Visit his home page at Hulkhogan.com

Want to know more about Loyal Studios?  Click on Loyalstudios.tv

Get in on the deal with 800LoanMart.com

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BOB BEKIAN DONATES HIS STUDIOS TO GISELE BUNDCHEN AND DON CHEADLE FOR UNEP

 

Academy award winner Don Cheadle, and supermodel Gisele Bunchen at Loyal Studios for a UNEP PSA.

Don Cheadela and Gisele Bunchen

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has been involved in environmental outreach services since 1972.  Though they do an amazing job on their own of educating curious world citizens about the environment through their extensive and detailed website and programs, various celebrities have volunteered to stand alongside them to support their cause.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and Academy award nominee, Don Cheadle have both been appointed as ambassadors for the UNEP, exuding great effort to help bring awareness and support to the organization’s important work.

Loyal Studios in Santa Monica was proud to lend its studio to Bundchen and Cheadle having had previously worked with Cheadele on a commercial in January, 2011.  The commercial was co-produced by Loyal Studios owner, Bob Bekian.

Their relationship continued when Cheadle formally asked Bekian to be directly involved in the spot for UNEP.  Bekian happily donated his facility and production services, equipment, and crew for the project in support of their cause.

The UNEP’s mission statement is, “To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.”

Gisele on set for the UNEP psa shoot at Loyal Studios

Gisele in make-up

“The added bonus was working with Gisele,” Bekian states.  “She is super cool, very down-to-earth, and genuinely a nice person.”   The shoot ran flawlessly, and everyone enjoyed the experience of working with such incredibly talented and kind artists.  “Our goal is to make professional production fun,” Bekian says, “and we want to do our part to help our world become a better place.”

Bundchen, Cheadle, and Loyal Studios set their focus on putting the word out about the importance of what Humanity utilizes the Earth for, while working in conjunction with our natural ecosystems to create a sustainable green economy.

To learn more about the UNEP, please visit their site at www.unep.org

For information on Loyal Studios charity work , contact Bob Bekian at bob@loyalstudios.tv

BILLY CRYSTAL INTERVIEWED BY THE BBC AT LOYAL STUDIOS

 

Bob Bekian and Billy Crystal smile for the camera

Billy Crystal is a name that is synonymous with comedy, and also with many important causes. He has created incredible characters such as Mike Wazowski of “Monsters Inc.,” Harry Burns of “When Harry Met Sally,” Mitch Robbins of “City Slickers,” Larry from “Throw Mamma From The Train,”to name a few. His many roles  on the sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live” are legendary. Loyal Studios has had the esteemed privilege of playing host to various projects and productions that Mr. Crystal has been involved in.  After his first shoot in our Santa Monica stage, he was so impressed that Loyal Studios has become his boutique studio of choice.

“We’re always very happy to work with Billy Crystal, who is not only funny, but also takes his causes very seriously; such as endorsing the Jewish University”  says Bob Bekian, owner of Loyal studios.

The eight-time Oscar host has supported the performing arts department of the Jewish University for over a decade, understanding how important it is to keep the flame of artistic freedom alive among the students.  We were fortunate to have his creative force at Loyal Studios for this project. “Many celebrities use teleprompters and have others write their lines” says Bekian. ” But Billy Crystal showed incredible professionalism and delivered his lines expertly to the camera”. Its refreshing to see that level of discipline.

Another of his projects was a commercial for IBM and his involvement as host for the 2009 Impact conference in Las Vegas. Once again Billy Crystal delivered his lines flawlessley and even added some improvisation that had the entire crew and studio laughing.

Billy Crystal talks about growing up around Billy Holiday

Billy Crystal talks about growing up around Billy Hoiday

Another project Billy Crystal did at Loyal Studios was  for a documentary by the BBC in focusing on the life of the famous jazz singer, Billie Holiday.  He spoke of his childhood growing up in New York City with Billie as his babysitter on a number of occasions, and how much she influenced his life for the better.  His Uncle owned Commodore Records, which recorded many of Billie Holiday’s songs.  In a quote on the BBC documentary in 2009 entitled “Angel of Harlem”, Billy Crystal looks back with fondness as he retells of his uncle’s shop on ‘Swing street.’  “For my part, I am so proud that my family was involved in the record that Time magazine would one day vote ‘the most important release of the 20th century’.”

For more information about Billy Crystal and his career, please visit his IMDB page.

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

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BOB BEKIAN PRODUCES MULTIPLE SNOOP DOGG PROJECTS AT LOYAL STUDIOS

Snoop Dogg at Loyal Studios, Santa Monica

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is arguably one of the most recognizable talents in the world, dominating the R&B charts as well as appearing in movies and television.  Snoop has chosen Loyal Studios and Bob Bekian to co-produce three of his latest projects.

The first project–a music video with Young Dre called “Cheah Bah”–was developed to launch the video game “Fight Night 4″ by Electronic Arts (EA).  “We brought in Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins, and Sugar Shane Mosely to box with Snoop on our pre-lit green screen stage, and I’ll go on record saying that Snoop’s got some moves,” Bekian smiled.  “Then we brought in Snoop’s ‘Lakermobile” –a 1965 Pontiac Catalina.  Snoop and Mike Eppssimulated a ride-along in front of the green screen.”

Bob Bekian and Snoop Dogg at Loyal Studios

Bob and Snoop Dogg

The final product was composited, and a live kick-off of the video game premiered with Mike Tyson and Snoop battling live at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA.

The second collaboration with Snoop and Loyal Studios was for Branded Content, promoting Adidas and Skull Candy Headphones.  “We set up a desk and chairs on our pre-lit stage in Santa Monica, and had Snoop and Bishop joke back and forth and comment on current events,” says Bekian.  “It was hilarious, and much of it ad-libbed.”  This was done while Addidas and Skull Candy headphones were being promoted and used. “Snoop is an incredible talent”, Bekian adds ” Besides his rapping and performance talents, he is a gifted comedian, writer and businessman, so it’s great to work with him  on so many levels”.

The third recent collaboration between Snoop and Loyal Studios was a commercial for Pepsi Max.  “We set up a fireplace scenario with the Pepsi Max guy and Snoop chatting by the fireplace as Snoop reads the Pepsi Max version of “The Night Before Christmas,” comments Bekian.  “The final outcome got over 250,000 hits on Youtube in one week..”

Snoop Dogg showing off the Loyal Studios 'fist' t-shirt.

Snoop Dogg with the Loyal 'fist' t-shirt

Advertising is changing, and Loyal Studios in Burbank and Santa Monica specialize in completely producing and equipping a shoot so that the creative teams can focus on their objectives, while Loyal handles the logistics of the production, venue, and crew.  Snoop also gave Loyal an endorsement for the edgy new apparel line Loyal Studios has launched.

“We shot these projects on the SONY EX1 and Canon 5D camera systems, which are tapeless, high definition workflows,” adds Bekian. The final content was edited on Apple Final Cut system with after effects.

To see the Adidas and Pepsi Max commercials, visit Snoop Dogg’s site.

For more information on Loyal Studios, please click on www.loyalstudios.tv

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