(Hollywood, CA): Noah Blake has been cast for the leading male role in the new L.A. crime drama entitled “Venice 13.” The show is about the highly successful undercover unit known as Precinct 13 in Los Angeles, which is responsible for numerous successful operations .
Blake, who is the son of controversial Television icon Robert Blake, has made a name for himself in Hollywood on his own starring in television and films including JAG, General Hospital and The Office. “Noah Blake brings an incredible depth to the project,” says Bob Bekian, Executive Producer. “In addition to being a fine actor himself, Noah is a respected acting teacher with lots of experience and ideas.”
“Venice 13″ is an ambitious project as it deals with the underground trade happening in L.A. based on the 2000 shipping containers that enter the port each day. Many of these containers transport chemicals and weapons which threaten national security. “The gangs and syndicates that distribute contraband from the port of L.A. are real and very dangerous,” added JoJo Ryder, also executive producer of the project.
Blake plays ‘Commander Giamala,’ the former CIA intelligence officer who joined the NTAS after 9/11.
“Precinct 13 in Venice is a legendary unit in the world of law enforcement” added Bekian.
(Burbank, CA): Chrysler Dodge has jumped into the highly anticipated show, “Venice 13,” and agreed to provide vehicles in many aspects of the show. The one-hour crime drama, currently shooting in Los Angeles, CA, tells the true story of the highly successful undercover precinct 13 in Venice California. “We are very enthusiastic about the integration of Dodge and Chrysler into the show,” notes Executive Producer Bob Bekian. “Dodge has a brand that is very popular in the demographic that the show speaks to, and the vehicles being incorporated into the show are exciting.”
The Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT8 will both be featured as prominent “Hero Cars” and the Dodge sprinter van is converted into a high-tech mobile crime lab. “We modified the performance on the Challenger to increase the horsepower and add some Hollywood tricks,” Bekian adds.
Based on a true story, Precinct 13 in Venice has been very successful in bringing down several criminal operations in L.A. including a well publicized infiltration and apprehension of an Al-Qaeda cell which was planning on shooting down airplanes at LAX. The Precinct is a division of the National Terrorism Advisory System and is integrated with most of the major United States law enforcement agencies. Precinct 13 is known as very effective, and highly secretive unit consisting of agents work deep undercover often for several months before apprehending their target. “The fact the Dodge is willing to provide the vehicles in the show helps to legitimize the project, and we are very happy about the co-branding agreement,” added JoJo Ryder, Co -Executive Producer.
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”
The 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.
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 20.
For more information on Bob Bekian’s projects, visit bobbekian.com