#TBT: Tricking Out Rob Dyrdek’s MTV Fantasy Factory
For Throwback Thursday, go inside the theater and conference room on Rob Dyrdek’s MTV show “Fantasy Factory."
In this edition of Throwback Thursday, go back to 2012 when CE Pro explored MTV’s “Fantasy Factory,” including a lounge with a full theater.
Every week, millions of MTV viewers get to see BCG Concepts’ work on Rob Dyrdek’s “Fantasy Factory” show. Bryan Gorog of BCG says he got the initial job in 2009 simply because of his location in downtown Los Angeles.
“When I moved to this address we actually started receiving a ton of business just based on our zip code downtown,” he admits. “We did the theater job and have been hired back for all the A/V items since. The first time we worked at the Fantasy Factory was in June of 2009. We actually received a call from one of his assistants as they were searching for an A/V company to do a theater installation for their lounge.”
Since then, BCG has done the conference room, office and lobby. Now in its fourth season, Fantasy Factory follows the antics of former pro skateboarder Dyrdek as he does insane stunts, like getting mauled by a tiger. Much of the program is shot in his downtown warehouse, which has an office that showcases BCG’s work, including four 60-inch Samsung displays.
“It started as a real low-budget project. They had a 160-inch screen and projector that they needed set up and they needed an audio system with it. We put in a KEF iQ system. It worked really well and sounded fantastic,” he notes.
In all, Gorog estimates he has done $50,000 worth of work at the site. He says that soon he will be working on Dyrdek’s home.
2009 Lounge Theater
Microsoft Surface coffee table touchscreen
160-inch Elite screen
KEF iQ9 surround sound system
Middle Atlantic rack
Samsung 55-inch LCD
Microsoft Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
URC MX900 remote
2009 Conference Room
Installed pair of in-wall speakers, small data projector, motorized screen, laptop hook-ups, HDMI switcher, DirecTV and Blu-ray player all for under $5,000
(4) 60-inch Samsung displays (2 with touchscreen overlays)
8 pairs of in-wall/in-ceiling speakers from Episode
Microsoft Xbox Kinect
SnapAV Episode Digital Multi-Channel Amp
URC MX900 remote
SnapAV Strong rack system
(4) 46-inch Vizio displays
(4) flat SnapAV Strong mounts
(1) 4x4 HDMI matrix over Cat 5e from SnapAV Binary
(4) Standard DVD players
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