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Jeremy Settles and Robert David Cochrane
Jeremy A. Settles and Robert David Cochrane are two young men with a vision and some films under their belts. Settles, who was born in San Diego, California moved to Las Vegas in the late 70’s. He started performing at birthday parties as ET in the early 80’s and as a teenager moved on to filming scenes that he would shoot in front of his home. Settles is also credited with creating some of the most profitable Las Vegas haunted houses for the pioneers of that industry and today he is still hired occasionally as a consultant. Settles got his production experience first hand working for Century Productions in 1990, where he learned every facet of the business as well as to operate as a highly efficient commercial machine.

Cochrane, grew up in Walnut Creek, an east bay area suburb of San Francisco and earned his BA in broadcast journalism from San Diego State University in 1992. He pursued his dream of becoming a sports broadcaster, but quickly became fascinated by the film world. After working on cruise ships in Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera and the Caribbean for two years as a disk jockey, he journeyed to Los Angeles to do his post-graduate work at UCLA’s prestigious screenwriting school. Although Cochrane wrote and starred in two award-winning independent feature films in Los Angeles (including Artisan Entertainment’s “The Playaz Court”), he was burnt out after six years. Cochrane escaped to Las Vegas in 2000.

In 1995 while working mostly as a gaffer, grip and electrician on huge blockbusters, Settles simultaneously made his debut as a producer with “Mr. Ice Cream Man,” A $5000 low budget feature that was distributed internationally by now defunct Dead Alive Productions. “The movie is everywhere. I’m still amazed that this thing I made over ten years ago has brought in over twenty times what I made it for.”

In 1996 Settles founded Guru Productions and followed with the motion picture “Creep”, Troma Releasing and finally in 2003 completed his last feature with Guru titled “Trans American Killer” AKA “Switch Killer”, Lions Gate (2005). He also formed Got Films, an innovative full service film and video production company with his wife Rhonda, who markets the business. To date Got Films has clients from MTV, VH1, Court Tv and NASCAR to series like America’s Most Wanted, The Real Wedding Crashers, Ultimate Fighter Promos and Plastic Surgery: Before and After. From local television shows and local commercials to Red Carpet interviews. More information can be found on www.gotfilms.com.

To date, Cochrane has had four of his original screenplays produced into feature films. Most recently, he has been busy at work on a pair of documentaries, “Boys of Summer”, a two-month, 20,000 mile, 30 Major League Baseball road-trip with his father – proceeds to Michael J. Fox/National Parkinson Foundation, and “Share the Road”, for which Cochrane road a bicycle 100 miles a day across the United States in a team effort to increase health awareness with Cigna Health Insurance.

Settles and Cochrane met for the first time at the Las Vegas premiere of “Playaz” (held at the Palms’ Brenden Theatres). Their first collaboration took place less than a year later on the award-winning adaptation of Stephen King’s, “Luckey Quarter”. Just two months later, they collaborated on another King project, his Magnum Opus, The Dark Tower”. Their adaptation netted them the Grand Prize from King’s Publisher, Simon & Schuster, and the opportunity to meet King in person.

Cochrane and Settles have also earned awards for their work on the short films “Ego” and “Just Her Luck”.

So why are these two gentlemen persistent in bringing Hollywood to Las Vegas rather than moving to Hollywood? “It’s pretty simple,” states Settles, “ Las Vegas is a magical city that can’t be duplicated. This is my city. I’ve shot everywhere in and around the Valley. Why go be another COG in the massive Hollywood wheel when I can run the machine here? That’s why Bobby and I are on the forefront of bringing film projects to Las Vegas.” “Vegas is where people want to be,” Cochrane adds. “It has so much more in locations, crew and talent to offer than most people realize.”

The newest project the duo has embraced is the in-development feature film, "Dark House". Cochrane penned the horror/suspense screenplay that exposes the murderous price of fame. The two also have three new reality television shows that are currently in production.

Tenacity, vision, and creative thinking along with a high level of energy are part of the ingredients for success Settles and Cochrane bring to the set daily. There is no doubt these two are all-in. It is that formula that has helped them shed new starlight on Vegas’ familiar strip and the many undiscovered treasures that surround it for all to see.