Raleigh Studios - Loron Knowlen

Raleigh Studios - Loron Knowlen

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Bob Smith

Grass Valley, CA

#1 Jun 9, 2010
Metro1 | Friday Jun 4 | Reply
As the longest continuously operating studio in the country, Raleigh Studios has played a central role in creating and supporting the modern entertainment industry. Over the years, the studio has thrived because of its commitment to providing both the highest levels of studio service and the most advanced production technology.

Hollywood Rentals is the premier lighting equipment rental company in the country. Along with our Theatrical lighting division, Olesen Lighting and expendable supply business ESS we service the lighting, transportation and consumable needs of film and theatrical productions across the greater United States, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and soon Europe.

Together, Raleigh's entertainment companies comprise the largest independent studio and production support operation in the nation.

Raleigh Film, Budapest, a complete motion picture production service company was started in 2007 to service the needs of our clients filming in Europe. It is a pre-cursor to our lighting and studio operations developing in Budapest, Hungary. Managing all of a production's below the line needs, Raleigh Film produces feature film, commercial and television and is managed by the industry's top professionals with decades of producing credits.

In 1915, Raleigh's Hollywood studio commenced operations as Famous Players Fiction Studios, with a Mary Pickford production - one of the first features to be filmed on this historic Hollywood lot. Although the silent era was still in full swing on the lot hosting icons such as Charlie Chaplin, an early owner had the vision to build one of the world's first sound stages - complete with a glass roof so light could enter without disrupting sound recording. This kind of innovation has marked Raleigh's business philosophy throughout its history.

Raleigh Enterprises purchased the studio in 1979 and immediately launched a comprehensive renovation of its historic buildings. As part of an extensive five-year master plan that added modern new sound stages, support facilities and offices to the lot, the refurbishment of the studio ensured the preservation of the best of its Hollywood traditions. As part of this process, Raleigh Enterprises virtually reinvented the art of soundstage construction as no new facilities had been built in nearly three decades.

In 1998, Raleigh Studios furthered its growth with the opening of its Manhattan Beach facility. This state-of-the-art lot with nearly 600,000 square feet of stage, support and office space returns production to the beachside community that played a pivotal role in many early Hollywood features and solidifies Raleigh Studio's position as the industry's premiere independent production studios.

Raleigh Enterprises continued its expansion in the entertainment industry with the acquisition of Hollywood Rentals, Olesen Lighting and ESS

Raleigh's entertainment group has seen many changes over the years, but one thing has remained constant: its commitment to assisting visionary leaders in film, television and commercial production make their dreams a reality.

Raleigh's long operating history and role, as a leader in production services, studio development and management speaks to its capabilities and commitment to the entertainment industry and to servicing your project with the full complement of all the resources Raleigh has to offer.


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