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April 10, 2003

SAN FERNANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL – A Slice of Hollywood in the city of San Fernando –

SAN FERNANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL APRIL 10, 2003 A Slice of Hollywood in the city of San Fernando By Gemma Cacho Did you know the City of San Fernando has its own airport which has served such famous celebrities as Catherine Zeta-Jones, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Ben Affleck, and Vin Diesel just to name a few. This business, which has been operating for a little over a year, has served as the premier filming set for airplane and airport related scenes but is actually not a functioning airport. The Air Hollywood filming sets were the conception of Talaat Captan, a film producer who has produced 12 films, including the film Ground Control. “I wanted to make a movie about airplanes in […]
December 5, 2002

The Airline that Never Takes Off – MIDNIGHT FLIGHT UPDATE

MIDNIGHT FLIGHT UPDATE December 2002 The Airline that Never Takes Off Talaat Captan is hardly a household name but he is making his way through the Hollywood scene. At one time he wanted to be a flight attendant. He still fondly remembers his interview for the position of “steward” with Pan American World Airways in New York in the seventies. He still vividly remembers the exhilaration of the moment when he was invited in the training class in Miami, FL. He also remembers clearly the disappointment when he was told that his starting salary would $11,000/year – hardly enough for a young flamboyant man to live on. He politely declined and in due course made his small fortune as a […]
June 17, 2002

Post-September 11th Fears Fuel Growth for the Safest Airline in the World

PRESS RELEASE – June 17, 2002 POST-SEPTEMBER 11th FEARS FUEL GROWTH FOR THE SAFEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD LOS ANGELES, CA , June 17, 2002 – Amid fears of flying and security concerns at airports worldwide, filmmakers choose Air Hollywood to reach their destinations. What began sluggishly as the world’s largest dedicated aviation-themed studio, has suddenly emerged as the talk of the town as Hollywood productions flock to the airline that hails itself ‘the safest in the world.’ “I would be lying if business was not below expectations but since the tragic events of September 11 th, there has been a dramatic increase in production shoots at our studio. Billings have peaked at $10,000 a day and estimated profits are […]
June 7, 2002

PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS – La Vida Location

PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS JUNE 2002   La Vida Location By Laurie Pike There’s more to L.A. than beaches and freeways. PDN tours ten of its lessor-known locations. Imagine a different sort of L.A. Let’s say the weather wasn’t perfect. Pretend the light wasn’t all that magical. Picture a town without a film industry paving an infrastructure of unparalleled shooting accessibility. L.A. would still be a photographer’s paradise for its jaw-dropping variety of exotic locations in close proximity to each other. We’re not talking the obvious sunset beaches of Herb Ritt’s Armani campaigns and the desolate freeways of Alexei Hay’s Gucci ads. We’re talking Star Trek-like moonscapes, Italianate mansions and snowcapped mountains all within a few hours from each other. It […]
October 19, 2001

The Hollywood Reporter – Ray-Art, Air Hollywood Join Sets

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OCTOBER 19-21, 2001 Ray-Art, Air Hollywood Join Sets By Nicole Sperling Los Angeles based Ray-Art Studios has expanded its production facilities in a joint venture with Air Hollywood, an aviation-themed set based in San Fernando. Founded in January by producer Talaat Captan, Air Hollywood will operate as Ray-Art’s third lot, to be managed by Ray-Art co-chairman Bob Papazian and Jim Hirsch. The 28,000 square-foot facility includes an airport terminal with make-believe security, gate, ticket and concourse areas, wide-bodied and narrow-bodied jets and helicopters. With filming in airports and on planes nearly impossible since the Sept. 11 attacks, Air Hollywood is seen as an important asset for filmmakers in the near future. “ We built Air Hollywood to […]
May 7, 2001

Air Hollywood, the world’s first dedicated aviation-themed studio, opens its doors to Hollywood and beyond

PRESS RELEASE – May 5, 2001 AIR HOLLYWOOD, THE WORLD’S FIRST DEDICATED AVIATION-THEMED STUDIO, OPENS ITS DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD AND BEYOND LOS ANGELES, CA, May 5, 2001 – Located in the San Fernando Valley, Air Hollywood has opened its doors as the first studio entirely dedicated to aviation-themed production services. The brainchild of producer and entrepreneur, Talaat Captan, Air Hollywood’s highly specialized offering is a risk in a niche market. “I was producing a movie called Ground Control at LAX that starred Kiefer Sutherland. During the filming, I lost time and money in dealing with the red tape. I thought to myself, there has to be an easier way,” said Captan. That ‘easier way’ is a state-of-the-art 30,000 sq. ft. […]
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