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Dr. Drew’s Advice to “Teen Mom” Comes to Loyal Burbank

Dr. Drew in make-up at Loyal Studios

Loyal Studios has seen talent of all varieties in our pre-lit studio and  recently  we had the pleasure of opening our doors to the advice guru, Dr. Drew Pinsky.  The famous doctor, popularized by KROQ’s night time teen advice show entitled “Love Line,” made a house call to our Burbank studio.  His work bringing celebrities back from the brink of personal disaster on the famed show, “Celebrity Rehab“, turns now to the teens spotlighted in MTV’s popular program, “Teen Mom“.  In the interviews recorded on our pre-lit green screen stage, Dr. Drew dispenses priceless advice on sex, life, and the drastic change a baby brings to a new and unprepared family.  Despite whispers, Dr. Drew was not in the house to give advice to the employees of Loyal Studios and Pro HD Rentals regarding their feelings about high definition equipment.

“We four-walled the shoot by providing the venue, crew, cameras, lights, equipment and catering,” says Bob Bekian producer and  owner of Loyal Studios . “This is a revolutionary concept in the Production world,” Bekian says. “In the past, producers would need to deal with many different companies to put together a production like this.   This traditional production method of multiple vendors and rates is very costly and is one of the reasons production is leaving California.”  Loyal Studios specializes in servicing production requirements and keeping budgets under control with a one call service.

"Teen Mom" studio at http://www.loyalstudios.tv

For everything you need to know about Dr. Drew and the Teen Mom seasons, click Drew, and MTV

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

If it’s equipment you’re after, then check out www.prohdrentals.com

To contact Bob Bekian to discuss helping keep production costs under control visit www.bobbekian.com

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Brandy and Ray J Conduct “Family Business” at Loyal Burbank

Brandy and Ray J (courtesy VH1)

If you’ve ever watched VH1, then you’ve probably seen Brandy and Ray J’s show, “Family Business“.  The popular show documenting the lives of pop superstar siblings, Brandy Norwood, and her talented brother, Ray J Norwood, is well into season 2.  When they needed a venue to film the green screen interviews, Bob Bekian –owner of Loyal Studios, and Producer–was called, and arrangements in our new Burbank stage were made.  Brandy and Ray J. were among the first to shoot in the new studio, and helped begin what is sure to be a history of amazing talent that will grace the stage.  The appearance by the duo has contributed to the astronomical success of the opening of the Burbank facility.

Bob Bekian and Ray J

The show is produced by Loyal Studios client, 51 Minds, a successful reality show production company owned by Endemol that is responsible for such hits as “Flavor of Love,” “Charm School,” and “Rock of Love.”  As with “Family Business,” 51 Minds has spent many a day in our studio filming interviews for their productions, and were–of course–welcomed into our new studio with open arms.

Ray J on set at Loyal Studios

“‘Loyal’  isn’t just our name, but –as is evidenced by 51 Minds support of the new facility– is also our philosophy,” says Bob Bekian.  “We strive to make our clients comfortable, accommodated, appreciated and respected.  It’s our service that sets us apart.  And our name that makes us special.”  Kudos to 51 Minds and VH-1 for joining us on our newest journey.  And cheers to the shining stars of “Family Business,” —Brandy and Ray J— for making our studio that much brighter.

For more information about “Family Business,” visit www.vh1.com

For information about Loyal studios, visit www.loyalstudios.tv and www.bobbekian.com

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Loyal Studios Plugs Into the Tesla

Shane Bekian Test Drives the new Tesla

Remember when the idea of plugging your car into the house power was absurd and better left to science fiction?  It ranked right up there with the hover car from “Back to the Future II”.  And yet, we all wanted one.  Well, we can’t have a hover car just yet, but it is possible to park an electric car in your driveway and have an extension cord snaking across the floor to the wall.  We saw this a few years ago, but ever since General Motors pulled the plug on the electric car (so to speak), and with gas prices cresting $4, the nation has been clamoring for increased fuel efficiency.  Much to the chagrin of the big three automakers and countless petroleum companies, the return of the electric car is once again upon us and PlugInAmerica.org is there to launch a new campaign to educate consumers on the merits of electric powered vehicles.  The latest is the Tesla –named after famed genius and rival to Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, who pioneered Alternating Current, radio waves, public lighting, and the well known “Tesla Coil” that sits in many museums across the world, including the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA.

The Tesla electric car at Loyal Studios Santa Monica

The “Tesla” is considered the King of Electric Vehicles. The campaign of public service announcements (PSAs) for Plug In America was produced at Loyal Studios’ Santa Monica location with a crew of passionate volunteers determined to re-educate the public, and raise awareness of alternative fuel vehicles. In addition to the three very witty, insightful spots the folks at PluginAmerica.org also produced a ‘Making Of’ video that is filled with interviews and information, as well as providing a look at the inner workings of our very own Loyal Studios.  But best of all, in addition to the RAV4-EV vehicle that was at the studio, we had a couple of Tesla’s on site for those who participated in the project to take rides in. What an amazing demonstration of the capability of electric power!  The Tesla is a prime example of what is possible.  Best of all, electric cars don’t have to be boring, slow or limiting.  Loyal Studios and ProHD Rentals are proud to have participated in such an important message. ” We support plug in America and the drive to create less pollution” Bob Bekian, owner of Loyal Studios states. ” We also try to be environmentally responsible in the way we run our studios.  We have an aggressive recycling program, and we reuse expendables as much as possible.”  Loyal Studios has partnered up with UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme), has worked with the American Heart Association, and worked with Michael Tobias  for his eco-aware, “State of the Earth” project.

Shane Bekian with the new Tesla

The future of our planet and, more importantly, our existence on this big blue ball depends on our current and future actions–with respect to natural resources, renewable resources, capital resources and, of course, human resources.  Please visit PlugInAmerica.org to learn more about the progress and importance of pushing forward electric vehicles.  The next in line may be the Hydrogen car.

To learn more about Loyal Studios, click www.loyalstudios.tv

To see what Bob Bekian is up to, click on www.bobbekian.com

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America’s Funniest Videos Brings Tom Bergeron to Loyal

Tom Bergeron for Americas Funniest Home videos

AFV (aka America’s Funniest Videos) was in the Loyal Studios Santa Monica studio with Tom Bergeron to promote the show.  True to form, Mr. Bergeron was nothing but gracious and very funny.  Despite predictions from the crew there were no embarrassing moments or clutsy moves that would warrant submission to the show for the $10,000 prize.  Cameras were poised around the studio just in case.  How cool would that be to have a Tom Bergeron gaffe actually aired on the actual program?  We tried, but he was onto us.  Next time you visit, Tom, we promise the only cameras rolling will be the one with the teleprompter.

Loyal Studios and Bob Bekian were proud to have Mr. Bergeron on our pre-lit green screen stage, and hope to be able to work with

Loyal Studios Burbank

AMV again in the future.  “Tom couldn’t have been better to work with,” says Bob Bekian, owner of Loyal Studios. “Technically, we set up a live keyed out green screen shot, and placed large monitors in front of Tom on the stage , then inserted the funny video into the shot . Tom saw the video on the monitor, then we inserted him into the clip so he could interact with the segment.” Bekian added.

The final result was hilarious and the network was thrilled at the work Loyal Studios did to accomplish these shots.

Thanks to the proliferation of inexpensive video camcorders, video phones and digital technology, there is never a shortage of material for the very popular, very successful ABC show.  If you have a funny video, prank or fall that brings tears of laughter to your eyes, then we suggest that you submit to AFV.  You could win $10,000.  How bad can that be?

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

To see more of America’s funniest moments, please click AMV to go directly to hilarity.

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Hollywood Studio Launches Limited Edition Apparel Line

Snoop Dogg

Loyal Studios Model

Due to overwhelming demand and celebrity endorsements,  Loyal Studios and Bob Bekian have launched a limited edition apparel line based on the Loyal Studios brand. “We started with a simple monochromatic theme working with top artist and designer Ben Lindsey,” Bekian says.  “As we would work with celebrities in our studios,  we would give them a shirt as a way of saying ‘thanks for visiting’,” Bekian added.

As a result, calls began coming in from celebrity friends and staff asking for more shirts. Photos began to appear of celebrities wearing the designs, and in order to meet the demand, an additional design (The” Loyal Fist”) was added.  This controversial design which depicts a forearm and fist with a

Cara Maria Sorbello

Cara Maria Sorbello

propaganda era background  has been worn by Snoop Dogg, Ray J, Cara Maria Sorbello from MTV, Young Dre and Michael Madsen. “My idea for the fist was inspired by Eastern bloc revolutionary propaganda art” states Bekian. “Our studio production model is very revolutionary in that we provide everything a professional production would need with one call and one price” adds Bekian. “As production continues to leave California in order to take advantage of other states tax incentives and credits, we are offering a solution which producers are really appreciating”.

Ray Jay, Bob Bekian, and Crew sport new Loyal Studios t-shirts

“We are an actual studio producing television, movies, commercials and music videos” Bekian adds “and there is a certain authenticity to what our brand is about rather than trying to be something that is promoted through marketing”.

While other brands are busy trying to figure out what the next ‘Ed Hardy” or ‘Affliction’ trend will be, Loyal Studios is sticking to its core. “If people want to own a limited garment which is edgy and cool, they now can.”

For distribution and licensing information visit the store at www.loyalstudios.tv

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Loyal Studios Teams Up to Open “American Idol”

American Idol opening at Loyal Studios Burbank

Loyal Studios in Burbank has partnered up with Aerodrome Pictures –also known for producing the introduction of TMZ—  to create an incredible opening for the #1 rated show in America, “American Idol.”

Setting up lighting for American Idol opening

Aerodrome pictures is known for their incredible visual effects on shows like “Fox Sports“, “Swift Justice“, “The Ellen Show“, “America’s Got Talent” , and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

“We are very honored to have Aerodrome as a client in our pre-lit studios, as they have a reputation in the industry as one of the best visual effects houses in Hollywood,” states Bob Bekian –owner of loyal Studios.

American Idol films at Loyals Studios

American Idol has set up in the Loyal Studios Burbank stage in the past, filming the talented Katharine McPhee for the most recent episode of “American Idol Rewind.”  The team was impressed by Loyal Studios enough that they contacted Bob Bekian when the need arose for professional green screen that is pre-lit and has the technical features for special effects and compositing. “We have engineered the studio with several important features like an overcove which allows for seamless low angle shots” Bekian adds.

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Loyal Studios specializes in providing high definition digital chroma key studios, which are popular for compositing, and special effects.
“We take pride in our ability to fully service a production,

The finished product for American Idol opening sequence.

including a pre-lit digital studio, the latest  HD cameras and equipment, and a top technical support crew.” says Bekian .

For more information regarding Loyal Studios, please visit www.loyalstudios.tv

To learn about Aerodrome and the works they are involved with, check out www.aerodrome.com

Check out www.americanidol.com for links, photos, and clips of all 10 seasons

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Michael Madsen Shoots Bob Bekian in “MADOFF: MADE OFF WITH AMERICA”

Bob Bekian Firing an MP5 on Loyal Studios green screen in Santa Monica

Made Off With America poster

Loyal Studios makes it a priority to take part in every aspect of the creative process to provide a professional, smooth production experience behind the camera.  Occasionally, the crew is asked to participate creatively in front of the camera as well.

Such was the case with Edmund Druilhet’s latest movie about the sinister “Satan of Wall Street”, Bernie Madoff, entitled “Made Off With America.”  Bob Bekian –producer and owner of Loyal Studios– was given the opportunity to trade in his production hat for a chance to fire a an actual MP5 automatic machine gun (with live blanks) with Michael Madsen and get then “shot” with live squibs propelling stage blood from his torso.

Real Guns used on the set

Setting up a shot in Loyal Studios

“I jumped at the opportunity to be in the film when Edmund ask me to,” Bekian says.

“And as a big fan of Michael Madsen, it was an experiance I’ll always remember” Bekian adds.

“The easy part was firing the 9mm automatic machine guns, the tough part

Exploding squibs as Bob gets shot on set

was getting shot.”  He says.  “The fake blood packets (squibs) are taped to your chest with mini explosive charges backed by a steel plate. In order to look realistic, you have to recoil back based on where the bullet is supposed to hit, then fall dead.

After practicing this fall 25 times, I gained a new appreciation for stunt work!” Bekian reported. “Working with talent like Michael Madsen reminds me of some of Hollywood’s legendary leading men.

Michael Madsen and Bob Bekian outside Loyal Studios Santa Monica

“I think a comparison to Robert Mitchum would be appropriate (and I don’t think Michael would object)” added Bekian.

Michael Madsen with the film's producers

Madsen and Bekian hit it off immediately, as they both collect vintage original movie posters of similar genres.  Loyal studios in Santa Monica and Burbank are known for their valuable framed original movie poster collections Bekian has assembled which are always popular with guests.

“Made Off With America” is based on the real-life story of Bernie Madoff, who defrauded thousands in the world largest and most infamous Ponzi scheme.

Bob Bekian takes aim at the camera

Shot at Loyal Studios in Santa Monica, Druilhet combines his vision with the talents of Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan”), Michael Madson (“Kill Bill”), Rachel Hunter (“The Bench Warmers”), and introducing Paul Cohen as “Bernie Madoff.”

Bob Bekian rehearsing with an automatic machine gun

To learn more about “Made Off With America,” visit Satan Of Wall Street .

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

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