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Ray-Art Studios Introduces Hollywood's First Floating Back Lot

(August 06, 2001)
Ray-Art Studios, Los Angeles's newest motion picture and television studio with six full-service state-of-the-art sound stages, is adding a second location facility, a 8000-square foot Floating Back Lot, to be temporarily located in Long Beach harbor, it was announced today by Robert Papazian and James Hirsch, owners of Ray-Art and executive producers of Nash Bridges.

Ray-Art's Floating Back Lot, home of the popular CBS series Nash Bridges for the past three years, is being towed to Los Angeles from its present location beginning its five-day sea voyage to Southern California this Monday, August 6.

The three story high, 50 by 160 Back Lot was created and designed by noted production designer Michael Helmy as a flexible, movable, multi-use, seaworthy floating location site with an endless array of physical and digital backgrounds for film, television, music video and commercial productions. Other uses include special events, photo shoots, private parties, fund raisers and whatever else one's imagination desires.

Ray-Art Studios, celebrating its fourth anniversary this month, is a true Hollywood success story of two producers who built their own studio with their own money and made their dream come true against all odds.

Companies and productions utilizing Ray-Art sound stages and post-production facilities include 20th Century-Fox, Disney, Paramount, New Line, Aaron Spelling's Love Boat and his current TV series, Charmed, Big Ticket's new fall TV series, The Danny Show starring Daniel Stern and the Laura Schlessinger daily TV strip series. Ray-Art has also been the home of the TV series Nothing Sacred, 413 Hope Street and numerous TV pilots and feature productions.

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