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Our House Films Has Entered a Multi-Picture Deal with Stronger Productions

LOS ANGELES (June 27, 2016) – Famed Director, Producer and Writer Chris Bell, known for his hit documentaries Bigger Stronger FasterTrophy Kids, and Prescription Thugs, has recently announced a partnership with producer Mark Matthews, and their mutual creation of Stronger Productions.

“I have admired Chris as a filmmaker since his first project in 2008, and I couldn’t be prouder to begin this partnership,” said Mark Matthews. “We are both very excited to work together, and develop great documentaries and films for years to come.”

With their first lineup of content in progress, Stronger Productions has entered a multi-picture deal with Our House Films, and are now co-producing the documentary, Stronger. Set to capture the lives of Strongmen competitors in their pursuit to be titled the World’s Strongest Man, the film will reveal the ways that these men find balance between their passion and personal life. Footage of current World’s Strongest Man champion Brian Shaw has already been posted on the film’s Instagram page.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the world of strength, and these athletes are among the most impressive men on earth,” Chris Bell says. “I truly believe the film will bring new popularity to this sport and create stars out of these athletes; just like Pumping Iron did for Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bodybuilding industry, and the documentary’s other featured athletes in 1977.”

Aside from co-producing Stronger, Our House Films will also be funding Stronger Productions’ next project, which is currently being kept under wraps; but is said to be much like Chris Bell’s other intimate documentaries.

“When I first saw Prescription Thugs, I knew Chris was in the business of creating a dialogue about some of this country’s greatest travesties,” proclaims Jay Strommen, Chairman of Our House Films. “My team and I are proud to be a part of Chris’ newest documentaries, and it is our hope that we can continue the significant endeavors his films have created.”

Produced by Our House Films’ Rob Hickman, Stronger Productions’ Chris Bell and Mark Matthews, and Executive Produced by Our House Films’ Larry Nealy, Jay Strommen, and Steve SwadlingStronger, and the untitled project, are both scheduled to be released in 2017.

For more information, or to interview Our House Films, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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Beagle Freedom Project Set to Release Beagles Held in Testing Laboratories, Tomorrow, June 24, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 23, 2016) – Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), a national non-profit rescue and advocacy organization is thrilled to announce a victory this week for animal rights––and for love overall. Tomorrow, Friday, June 24th, a handful of beagles will feel freedom for the first time.

Not long ago, these dogs were trapped in a lab testing facility, scheduled to be killed because they were no longer useful to researchers. However, thanks to BFP, they will now smell sunshine and soil, instead of cages and chemicals; they’ll be called by real names instead of the federal identification numbers tattooed inside their ears.

BFP negotiates with laboratories around the world for the release of beagles and other animals, helping to set them free from the grueling life of being tested for cosmetics, products, and scientific curiosities. The release of these dogs is the latest in a series of incredible and heroic rescues that BFP has fought for and won.

“There are nearly 70,000 dogs in U.S. labs right now and 96% of them are beagles, the breed of choice because they are so gentle, docile, and forgiving,” explains Shannon Keith, President and Founder of BFP. “This outdated research practice only survives because it remains hidden from the public.”

A momentous occasion for BFP, their latest release is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 12:00pm PST at: 4428 Lennox Ave. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Media is invited to witness and capture the beagles’ first moments of freedom when they lay their paws on grass, as well as interview the families who will be taking these dogs home with them.

Originally founded in 2010, BFP has celebrity support from stars like Sia, Chelsea Handler, Maria Menounos, Whitney Cummings, Nikki Reed, and Ian Somerhalder. To date, the advocacy group has rescued over 600 animals and has passed its signature legislation, The Beagle Freedom Bill, in four states, mandating the release of dogs and cats from research. This year, BFP will launch its scientific grant, gifting $250,000 to researchers who develop alternative experiments that eliminate the need to test on animals.

For more information on BFP, or to interview its President and Founder Shannon Keith, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full-service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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Our House Films Set to Break Records Building a Hollywood Empire

Los Angeles, CA (June 21, 2016) – One of the most exciting new names in independent film, Our House Films knows that well-earned industry respect gives the freedom to create, experiment, and change the game. Founded in 2015, their highly accomplished executives are veterans of the trade who know the rules, and know how to “break” them. With several works in production, Our House Films combine experience and innovation to fuel its reputation for first-rate content.

Boasting extensive backgrounds in finance, technology, acting, production, and business, Our House Films’ players consist of Rob Hickman–President/Head of Production, Jay Strommen–Chairman, Larry Nealy and Steven Swadling–Executive Producers. The chemistry between this diverse team makes for a well-rounded and effective approach to their projects, and Our House Films prove, through its ingenuity and dedication, that something really can be greater than the sum of its parts.

Placing an emphasis on the process of interlacing movie-making with social media influencers, Our House Films utilize actors with substantial online followings, allowing the ROIs from casting to become the deciding factor on how much money investors put into the project. Influencers who help with pre-production marketing, and star in the film, is appealing to shareholders. It also assists in positioning the film to the public early on so they can understand what’s exciting about it.

Our House Films has begun development of several anticipated projects such as Kickboxer: Retaliation, the sequel to this year’s Kickboxer: Vengeance starring Dave Bautista and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Releasing in 2017, Kickboxer: Retaliation is filming in Thailand and features over 14 renowned world champion athletes including Mike Tyson (15M social media followers). Other upcoming projects by Our House Films include William Faulkner’s Intruder in the DustUnfilteredWay of the Warriors, and Filthy Rich.

Some believe that business know-how can inhibit fresh ideas; that different perspectives cause confusion. Our House Films understands better. The founders’ massive experiences allow them to put the most cutting-edge innovations to the test, and they are ready to make a “punch” in Hollywood!

Follow Our House Films  on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

For more information, or to interview Our House Films, please contact Eileen Koch at EKC PR, a full service Marketing, Branding and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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EKC PR Client, Real Estate Mogul and Business Entrepreneur Omar Spahi’s Acquisition of Santa Monica Billion Dollar Residential Building Showcased During Tonight’s Episode of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing”

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 9, 2016) – You’ve heard of a “million dollar listing” but how about a “billion dollar listing?” Omar Spahi, 27-year-old real estate mogul and business entrepreneur, has announced his acquisition of over 40 units at Ocean Towers, the billion dollar, seashore, co-op residential building in beautiful Santa Monica, CA.

Recently, Omar filmed an episode of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York, set to air tonight, Thursday, June 9 at 9/8c. The episode will feature NYC realtor Ryan Serhant‘s Los Angeles trip, showcasing his successful visit to Ocean Towers.

Originally built in 1971 and recently renovated, the celebrity driven, 317-unit luxury high rise, located at 201 Ocean Avenue, features 24-hour concierge services, doormen, valet parking, a pool/jacuzzi, sundeck, gym, spa, and maid services. The 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units throughout 19 floors offer various exquisite views ranging from the coastline, to the ocean, to the city, and even toward Point Dume.

“When people first experience the spectacular openness of each room, allowing them to capture the breathtaking whitewater views through the wall to wall glass windows, they come to realize just how special this building truly is,” says Omar.

Ocean Towers marks a milestone for Omar Spahi as he is able to bask in his success, having already built a thriving real estate empire three years shy of his 30th birthday. He caught the bug early on from his father John, who himself has made a fortune from property investments, and has taught Omar everything he knows about the business.

“My father was born in Egypt and moved to California in 1975 with only $100.00 in his pocket. He initially worked in other markets before becoming involved with real estate, something he flourished in throughout the west and east coasts,” Omar remarks. “This profession has always been in my blood, and I just love what I do.”

For additional information, or to interview Omar Spahi, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Marketing, Branding, and Public Relations firm at 310-441-1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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Our House Films’ Kickboxer: Retaliation Keeps Getting Bigger, Literally, as Brian Shaw, “World’s Strongest Man,” Joins the Cast

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 8, 2016) – Three-time “World’s Strongest Man” champion Brian Shaw announced via Instagram on Sunday that he has joined the cast of Kickboxer: Retaliation.

This latest impressive casting in the Kickboxer franchise solidifies its prowess as a star-studded action event, considering the recent cast announcements of soccer sensation Ronaldinho, legendary boxer Mike Tyson, and UFC stars Paige VanZant & Fabricio Werdum. Not to mention the film’s villain — and Brian Shaw’s biggest competition at “World’s Strongest Man” — Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. Altogether, Kickboxer: Retaliation will feature 14+ renowned world champion athletes.

Penned as a trilogy, Kickboxer: Retaliation is the sequel to Kickboxer: Vengeance, the latter starring newcomer Alain Moussi, Gina Carano, and superstars Dave Bautista and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Both films are written by Dimitri Logothetis, who also is directing the second installment.

Upping the storyline where Kickboxer: Vengeance will leave off, the sequel brings Kurt Sloan (Moussi) back to Thailand to fight against a formidable foe, portrayed by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson — who also plays “the Mountain” on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

“When we added Hafþór to our cast, we knew it would be difficult for our hero to learn how to defeat a man of such gargantuan size,” admits Rob Hickman, producer of Kickboxer: Vengeance and Kickboxer: Retaliation. “But what better way for our hero to learn than from another mountain of a man — Brian Shaw.”

Larry Nealy and Steve Swadling are executive producing Kickboxer: Retaliation, while Our House Films and Acme Rocket Fuel will serve as the production companies. Principle photography recently wrapped in Nevada, allowing filming to commence in Thailand this July.

“We can’t wait for our audience to see the action we’ve created with these stars, and Shaw’s scenes are going to be beyond memorable,” adds Jay Strommen, chairman of Our House Films. “We are so excited about working with our talented cast, and are pleased that their social influence works nicely in line with the expanding distribution model Our House Films is currently pursuing.”

Kickboxer: Vengeance will punch into theaters this fall, with Kickboxer: Retaliation arriving soon after in 2017!

For more information, or to interview the talented production team of Our House Films, please contact Eileen Koch at EKC PR, a full service Marketing, Branding and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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EKC PR Client, West Los Angeles’ Lenny’s Deli Currently Offering “The Deli Deal,” 20% off Dinners

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 1, 2016) – EKC PR has recently added the famous LA eatery Lenny’s Deli to its roster of clientele.

Having opened in 2013 at the coveted Westwood Blvd. location of what was once home to Junior’s, Lenny’s Deli continues to make rousing strides in today’s marketplace, such as with their current special promotion of “The Deli Deal,” allowing customers to receive 20% off all dinners.

As a well-known casual hotspot for celebrities like Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Jason Alexander, Jon Voight, and countless other stars, the restaurant’s menu is over 8 pages long, and features American classics like burgers, wraps, salads, and even delicious pizzas. With its exquisite bakery department offering an abundance of sweet fantasies, including the customer favorite “Chocolate Mousse with Snickers” – a chocolate cake filled with mousse, and covered with Snicker pieces, icing, and chocolate ganache, the establishment has enough fare to make anyone’s mouth water with delight.

No stranger to the food industry, owner Lenny Rosenberg was immersed in his family’s successful delicatessens, pizzerias, and bakery businesses across both coasts since he was 7-years-old. Having thorough knowledge of the trade allowed Lenny to build an alliance alongside his girlfriend Adesa Swan, now both recognized throughout Los Angeles as “The Restaurant Doctors.” Recently, the pair formed their own production company together called Lars Productions, also represented by EKC PR, where they generate reality and travelogue shows that explore food establishments across the country. Lars Productions recently premiered The Grub on the JLTV Network.

Together, the ambitious and driven duo are truly enjoying the fruits of their labor with both Lenny’s Deli remaining a strong favorite amongst diners, and their continued molding of Lars Productions into a leading brand of innovative, and entertaining content.

Open 7 days a week, Lenny’s Deli is located at 2379 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064.
“The Deli Deal” is available Monday-Friday from 5pm-8pm, now through June 15th! Don’t miss it.

For more information, or to interview Lenny Rosenberg, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Marketing, Branding, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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Lars Productions to Premiere New Travelogue Show “The Grub” on JLTV Network Tonight at 6 & 9pm PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 23, 2016) – EKC PR client Lars Productions is proud to announce the premiere of their new travelogue series The Grub on the JLTV network. Providing a fresh twist on travel and cuisine, the show is hosted by Lenny Rosenberg (the man behind West Los Angeles’ Lenny’s Deli), as well as his Lars Productions partner and beautiful girlfriend, Adesa Swan.

The duo is set to explore the country as they team up to interview, cook, and dine with chefs/owners in the kitchens at many of the nation’s most unique and delicious restaurants. No stranger to food himself, Lenny was immersed in his family’s successful delicatessens, pizzerias, and bakery businesses across both coasts since he was 7-years-old.

In the premiere episode of The Grub, Lenny and Adesa visit LA favorite Sweet Lady Jane in Santa Monica, CA, where they are treated to the restaurant’s signature decadent Triple Berry Shortcake (which sells over 25,000 per year). Viewers then follow the pair to Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Deli in Houston, TX where they try out some Hungarian Lescó Stew.

Throughout each exciting episode viewers are taken for a new adventure, so buckle up and bring your appetite! The Grub premieres on JLTV, Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6 & 9pm PDT.

For more information or to interview Lenny Rosenberg & Adesa Swan, please contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

About Lars Productions:
Lenny Rosenberg and Adesa Swan met at a networking event in 2000. Soon after, the pair entered into a business partnership, renovating and opening food establishments. Now known as “The Restaurant Doctors,” the duo grew close in their working relationship, ultimately becoming romantically involved. After tremendous success in the restaurant business, the couple began to explore other ventures, which led them to form Lars Productions, a full service reality TV production company with several projects in the works, including The Grub, premiering May 23, 2016 on JLTV.

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Audrey Hope, Renowned Addiction Specialist and Relationship Counselor, Received Two Honors at Women of Wealth Magazine’s 2016 Wealthy Women Regional Power Summit

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 23, 2016) – Women of Wealth Magazine has bestowed their prestigious “Bridge Award” to renowned Addiction Specialist and Relationship Counselor Audrey Hope for her continued work in “Spiritual Entrepreneurship.” Presented during this year’s Wealthy Women Regional Power Summit in Las Vegas, The Bridge Awards commend individuals who persistently help in “Building a Bridge between the Church and the Streets.”

Additionally, Audrey also received a Certificate of Recognition by the State of Nevada’s Office of Governor Brian Sandoval, as he honored Audrey for being recognized as one of Women of Wealth Magazine’s 2016 Bridge Award Honorees.

“For more than 20 years, my career has given me so much love and gratitude,” says Audrey. “I’m so grateful for the acknowledgment, but more importantly I feel empowered to keep assisting people at confronting their problems, and taking control of their lives.”

This year’s other nominees included Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, and CEO of STEMconnector Edie Fraser, to name a few.

The Wealthy Women Regional Power Summit was created to give high praise to influential women and men who act as philanthropists and mentors to the communities they service. A portion of all proceeds raised this year will support the Women of Wealth Magazine Educational Foundation.

“To be included with these astounding individuals who have truly earned their success is such a privilege, and I respect them all,” says Audrey.

Be sure to follow Audrey Hope on Twitter & Facebook.

For more information or to interview Audrey Hope, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full-service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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Celebrity Hair Stylist Michael Sparks Creates Actress Jaimie Alexander’s Fierce Look for White House Correspondents’ Dinner

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 5, 2016) – NBC Blindspot star Jaimie Alexander wowed the nation with a fresh, elegant pixie haircut at this past weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington D.C.! The exquisite, captivating short cut was created and styled by Jaimie’s longtime hairdresser Michael Sparks, co-owner of Cie Sparks Salon at the Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, CA.
“I wanted to create something bold and unexpected,” says Michael Sparks. “Jaimie is naturally amazing and beautiful — she’s full of confidence and carries herself with grace. I just knew she’d rock it and make a statement!”

Michael Sparks continues to produce stunning styles for his other talented celebrity clientele which includes Miranda Cosgrove, Kendra Wilkinson, Rachael Taylor and The Voice’s Alisan Porter, to name a few. Before co-founding Cie Sparks Salon with star colorist Heather Cie, Michael worked directly with Chris McMillan (Jennifer Aniston’s hair stylist) for several years before venturing off on his own entrepreneurial journey.

Today, Cie Sparks Salon is rapidly becoming one of the hottest salons in Southern California, not only due to its fabulous location near the shore, but because of its highly skilled group of young hair stylists and colorists. Currently serving communities in Malibu, Calabasas, and Beverly Hills, Cie Sparks Salon’s team of beauty experts draw inspiration from runways, editorial, and everyday life. Michael Sparks himself is driven to generate styles that revitalize his clients with a sense of youth and vigor.

To book your appointment with Michael Sparks, or one of Cie Sparks Salon’s stylists, contact them at 310-456-2300 or email [email protected].

Be sure to follow Michael Sparks on Instagram and Cie Sparks Salon on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For more information on Cie Sparks Salon or to interview Michael Sparks, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR, a full-service Branding, Marketing, and PR firm at 310-441-1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

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New Travelogue Reality Series “Where I’m From” Finds Undiscovered Adventure In America’s Small Towns

LOS ANGELES, CA (Apr 5, 2016) – Where I’m From, a new 30-minute travelogue series created by Executive Producer Mark Salyer of Appalachia Right At Ya Productions, is giving young individuals an all-access pass to small town life in the United States. Unearthing the hidden treasures tucked away in American soil, the show will feature Conner Wharton, a 17-year-old girl with Southern Belle charm, as she connects with friends from around the country. Together, they discover amazing adventures right in their own “backyards”.

“I have already had the remarkable opportunity to travel to a lot of places — Africa, Russia, China and Europe,” remarks Conner. “But mostly I’ve traveled to big cities, visiting museums, cathedrals and monuments. So rarely have I been able to meet locals and learn about their lives and culture. That’s what I want this show to be about — a chance to truly connect with the places we are visiting in an authentic, personal way.”

Executive Producer Mark Salyer says, “Conner is an extraordinary young person who is great at finding adventure no matter where she is. Although she travels throughout the world, she always loves coming home to the Appalachian Mountains. This is her story — the travelogue of a teenaged girl discovering what makes living in small towns unique and wonderful.”

Where I’m From is set to put an end to the statement “there’s nothing to do around here,” when filming begins this June. Destinations will include California, Colorado, Florida, South Carolina, and in and around Southwest, VA where Conner and her family live.

Be sure to keep up with Where I’m From via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube.

For more information, or to interview Executive Producer Mark Salyer and host Conner Wharton, contact Eileen Koch of EKC PR (Eileen Koch & Company, INC.), a full-service Branding, Marketing, and Public Relations firm at 310.441.1000 or email [email protected]. Visit www.EKCPR.com.

Appalachia Right At Ya Productions (ARAY) is a dynamic new entertainment production company with offices in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and in Los Angeles, CA. Founded by Producer/Director Mark Salyer, ARAY is developing projects for film, television, new media and live performance, all with a focus on the rich culture of the region.

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