Talaat Captan is a thirty-year film and television industry veteran, currently leading multiple businesses and philanthropies including specialty aviation film studio (Air Hollywood), immersive entertainment (Pan Am Experience), stock footage agency (Apex Stock), and philanthropic program (Open Sky for Autism).
Known for challenging the status quo, taking risks, and pioneering disruptive formats, technologies, and workflow processes. Proven track record of success for developing new business concepts, attracting investors and talent, raising funds, building multi-disciplinary production teams, and producing high-value projects globally.More than $2 billion raised for studio infrastructure, original film and television properties, and support facilities. Based in Los Angeles with regular visits to Europe, China, and the UAE.
How did you get started in this business?
In 1998, I founded Air Hollywood to solve the logistical challenges posed by filming on location at real airports or airplanes. Under Mr. Captan’s visionary leadership style, the studio grew rapidly. Since its inception, Air Hollywood has spawned several successful business divisions including prop rental, set design and fabrication, stock footage licensing, experiential entertainment, educational programming and content, and custom art manufacturing.
As a result of Air Hollywood’s long-time market position combined with its expansion into consumer products and services, the brand has become widely recognized all over the globe by film industry professionals and consumers alike.
How do you make money?
Air Hollywood is the largest aviation film studio, we rent out airplanes and airport sets to the film, commercial and TV industries
How long did it take for you to become profitable?
It took Air Hollywood 2 years to become profitable.
When you were starting out, was there ever a time you doubted it would work? If so, how did you handle that?
I knew there was a demand for what I was doing, Sept 11 was a huge setback, just had to weather the storm.
How did you get your first customer?
What is one marketing strategy (other than referrals) that you’re using that works really well to generate new business?
Target promotion to the right decision-maker
What is the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the last few months?
None I can think of.
What do you think it is that makes you successful?
Love what you do, enjoy going to work every day, show your enthusiasm and be generous.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Happy clients that talk about your business.
What does the future hold for your business? What are you most excited about?
For Air Hollywood to Expand around the world.
What business books have inspired you?
None, Experience is the key.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Listen, focus, deliver what you promise and always be on time.
Are you willing to be a mentor? If so, how should someone contact you?