Bob Bekian

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Bob Bekian
BornRobert Bekian
May 13, 1962 (1962-05-13) (age 60)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
🏡 ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationCalifornia State University, Northridge
💼 Occupation
Entrepreneur, film producer
📆 Years active  1988-present
👩 Spouse(s)Sonia Wendt (m. 1990)
👶 Children2

Robert "Bob" Bekian (born May 13, 1962) is an American entrepreneur. He is the owner of Spotburner Inc. and Loyal Studios, both production companies.

Early life[edit]

Robert "Bob" Bekian[1] was born in Cleveland, Ohio,[2] and grew up the Mar Vista suburb of Los Angeles. His mother Cathy is an American born in Pennsylvania and his father Shane was Armenian who immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. Bekian's father was a mechanical engineer who founded the company Westaire Manufacturing in Los Angeles which builds industrial ventilation equipment. Bekian’s mother received her master's degree from the University of San Francisco and was a former executive with the Los Angeles Girl Scout Council. He has one sister, Rebecca, who is an artist and jewelry distributor. Bekian attended Venice High School and graduated in 1980. He then attended California State University Northridge where he graduated in 1986. While in college, Bekian was president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.[3]

Career beginnings[edit]

From 1975-78, Bekian was a professional skateboarder, riding with the Z-Boys of Dogtown.[4] He concluded his skateboarding career with a European tour in 1978 where he appeared on British and French television demonstrating vertical ramp and freestyle skateboarding. During his skateboarding career, he was sponsored by Venice Skateboards, Z-Flex, Functional Design and Pepsi.

Bekian later worked as a kitchen manager in order to pay his way through college. After college, Bekian joined Aramark and Cintas as district and sales manager. In 1998, Bekian was recruited as vice president of Comtel Pro Media,[5] which, at the time, was the largest Sony media distributor in the world. Bekian grew the company from $8 million in sales to $35 million in five years. The company was then purchased by Michael Krasny, the founder of Computer Discount Warehouse, and Jonathan Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox.

Business career[edit]

After the sale of Comtel Pro Media, Bekian started his first company, Pro HD Rentals,[6] with 75 high-definition camera systems and technical support to major networks and film companies.

As digital production and editing became popular, Bekian built his first digital green screen sound stage in Burbank, California, and founded Loyal Studios. This was later followed by the construction of two additional studios in Santa Monica, and Burbank. Clients that frequent the studios include Heidi Klum, Edward James Olmos, Billy Crystal, Snoop Dogg, Nicole Scherzinger, Ray J, David Beckham, Don Cheadle, Paris Hilton, Brett Ratner, Gerard Butler, Olivia Wilde, and the L.A. Lakers.

Pro HD Rentals, was acquired in August 2013 for an undisclosed amount.

Spotburner[edit]

Spotburner.com was launched in 2014 as a mobile production company. The company has produced commercials in 2015 for Lamborghini, Coca-Cola, RC Toys and Dodge.[7] The company was awarded of being a top 5% Google partner in 2016. Recent clients include Amgen, Acura, and Spirent Communications.

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Bekian married Sonia Wendt, a Los Angeles Unified elementary teacher. She is currently a real estate developer, broker, and flipper. Their first son, Shane, was born in 1995. Their second son, Bryce, was born in 2000 and is ranked regional junior golfer. The family lives in Thousand Oaks, California.

Film and television credits[edit]

Producer (16 titles)

  • CNBC Promo "The Profit & Billion Dollar Buyer" Promo 2016 /
  • CNBC Promo "Jay Leno's Garage and the West Texas Investors Club" 2016 /
  • Advanced Imaging Society "The Close Up" Producer/Director 20 episodes 2015-2017 /
  • Shia Lebouf motivational speech "Just Do It" 2016 /
  • NYX Cosmetics FACE awards 2015 /
  • HBO Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ringo Starr Tribute 2016 /
  • "Psycho" Music Video for the Musical Artist MUSE 2016 /
  • The Mourning Hour (Associate Producer - credit only) (post-production) - 2011[8] /
  • "Vitals" (Associate Producer) - 2015[9] /
  • "The Soul of Blue Eye" (Producer) - 2014[10]
  • "La La Land" (Associate Producer) (S1 Ep1: "Tuck You") - 2012[11]
  • The Shorez (TV movie) (Associate Producer) (pre-production) - 2011
  • Scream: The Inside Story (TV documentary) (Associate Producer) - 2011[12]
  • "Brotherly Love" (Short) (Associate Producer) - 2011[13]
  • The United Monster Talent Agency (short) (Associate Producer) - 2010[14]
  • American Dragster (TV series) (Associate Producer - 1 episode) - 2006
    • Episode #1.1 (Associate Producer)[15]

Commercials

Wyatt Technology NPLATE III Spot 2017 / AMGEN-ENBREL Auto Touch Spot 2017 / AMGEN "Adverse Effects" Spot 2016 / AMGEN "Decision Making" Spot 2016 / LT GENERATORS TV Spot 2017 / Acura of Thousand Oaks TV Spot "Car Party" 2017 / Panasonic Media 2011 / Providence St Johns Hospital "No Pass Zone" 2017 / Castrol Syntec Lenny Dykstra, 2011 / Maxell "Blown Away Guy" 2011 / Acura Thousand Oaks TV Spot "Melaina's invite" 2016 / Lamborghini Auto Gallery "Supermodel" 2015 / Turf Exchange "Rosie the Dachshund" 2017 / L.A. Solar Group- (5 ) commercials 2016 / Vision Media Management 2016 / Providence St. Joseph Hospital "No Pass Zone",2016 / Spirent Communications 2017 / Stress Free Mortgage 30 second spot (Spanish) 2015 / Jeannines Gourmet Food Hall (2 Spots) 2016/ 2017 / Rootementary (various social media video spots including "transformation" / Dreamline Aviation Spot 2016 /

Actor (4 titles)

  • "Vitals" (Prisoner) - 2015[9]
  • "The Soul of Blue Eye" (Ahmet Ertguhn) - 2014[10]
  • "Turning The Page" (Sergeant) (TV Mini-series) - 2013[16]
  • Madoff: Made Off with America (Gunman #1) - 2011[17]

Thanks (6 titles)

  • "13 Nights of Elvira" (Special Thanks) -[18]
  • "Turning The Page" (Special Thanks) (TV Mini-series) - 2013[19]
  • Workshop (TV series) (The Actor's Resource) (special thanks) - 2009[20]
  • A Unicorn in the Garden (short) (special thanks) - 2009[21]
  • Holding Trevor (very special thanks) - 2007[22]
  • Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (documentary) (special thanks: Comtel Pro Media) -2003[23]

References[edit]

  1. "Bob Bekian IMDB biography". imdb.com. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  2. "Jakes Dinner - A 5D MKII Short Film - Video Dailymotion". Dailymotion.com. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  3. "CSUN Phi Delta Theta Fraternity". phideltatheta.org. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  4. "Bob Bekian 1970's skateboard photo". flickrhivemind.net. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  5. "Comtel Pro Media". comtelpm.com. Retrieved 2015-05-29.[permanent dead link]
  6. "Pro HD Rentals". prohdrentals.com. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  7. "commercials produced by Spotburner". Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  8. "The Mourning Hour (Associate Producer)". 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Vitals (Associate Producer)". 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "The Soul of Blue eye (Producer)". 2014.
  11. "La La Land "Tuck You" (Associate Producer) (S1 Ep1)". 2011.
  12. "Scream: The Inside Story (TV documentary) (Associate Producer)". 2011.
  13. "Brotherly Love (Short) (Associate Producer)". 2011.
  14. "The United Monster Talent Agency (Associate Producer)". 2010.
  15. "American Dragster (Associate Producer - 1 episode)". 2006.
  16. "Turning The Page (ep. 1.5) (Sergeant)". 2013.
  17. "Madoff With America (Gunman #1)". 2011.
  18. [2014 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4126382/ "13 Nights of Elvira (special thanks)"] Check |url= value (help). 2009.
  19. "Turning The Page (ep. 1.5) (Special thanks)". 2013.
  20. "Workshop (The Actor's Resource) (special thanks)". 2009.
  21. "A Unicorn in the Garden (special thanks)". 2009.
  22. "Holding Trevor (very special thanks)". 2007.
  23. "Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (documentary) (special thanks: Comtel Pro Media)". 2003.


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