(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.
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
R&B is filled with strong, passionate artists that challenged the status quo to bring more diverse, individual sounds to their genre. One of these successes is the New Jack Swing, innovated by mega-star, Keith Sweat. His soulful sounds have blown up radio stations since the 1980’s, and landed high on the Billboard 200 as well as #2 on the R&B charts with “Make It Last Forever.”
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.”
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