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This is where we'll announce the most recent info about WSG. If you've visited us before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first.


  • June 30, 2006:Class 17:Feel The Heat is completed. Limited Edition DVD's will be available.

  • April / May, 2005: Aloha, Spring Break!

  • March 14, 2005: The evolution of Westlake Signal Group begins with the inaugural designs for a permanent logo. WSG has turned to Quinn Gibbs of Black Diamond F/X to be the designer. Quinn previously designed the cover art for the ECX DVD set along with the poster art showcased at the 2005 Pan African Film Festival.

  • March 9, 2005: ECX will be added to the archives of the Memphis Fire Museum in Memphis, Tenn. Information is sent to the Philadelphia Fire Department Museum (Phila, PA). The films are also added to the library of Dr. Fredrick Price’s Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles.

  • March 7, 2005: Two NEW projects for WSG are in the planning stages. The current titles of those projects are City at Night and Black & Blue. Production is slated for late summer ’05.

  • March 6, 2005: A highly anticipated radio interview featuring Stentorian Arnett “The Rookie” Hartsfield & ECX’s Chin Thammasaengsri airs on Clear Channel radio station KHHT (“Hot 92.3 FM) in Los Angeles. The interview is part of the station’s observance of Black History Month and is conducted by radio personality Josefa Salinas on her show, The Community Review.

  • February 8 thru February 20, 2005: Engine Company X is part of the 2005 Pan African Film Festival. The films run over 10 consecutive days at Magic Johnson’s Theatres in Baldwin Hills. Attending opening night festivities are Executive Producer/Writer/Director Chin Thammasaengsri & Producer Andrea Beckum. Appearing at post-screening “Q&A” sessions are ECX’s Chin Thammasaengsri, Keith “Sincere” Edwards, Quinn Gibbs, Andrea Beckum, Calvin Walton, Brent Burton, and Arnett “The Rookie” Hartsfield.

  • January 15, 2005: Engine Company X is part of local celebrations for Community Day. The ECX DVDs are added to items presented to members of city/county government, clergy, and the sports and entertainment arena. Among those receiving the ECX DVD set was Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis.

    ECX’s Chin Thammasaengsri & Amber Charles attend the Interfaith Breakfast which is part of the Community Day events calendar.

  • January 3, 2005: The London Fire Brigade requests copies of ECX for their Training & Recruiting Division.

  • December 20, 2004: A marketing campaign to get ECX into as many of the nation’s fire museums commences. By year’s end, ECX is part of the LAFDHS Museum in Los Angeles along with museums in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona.

  • November 7, 2004: Engine Company X: The New Stentorians opens with a gala celebration hosted at the African-American Firefighter Museum. The early “invitation only” reception attendees include the films cast, crew, and interview subjects with a mix of city & county officials and members of the filmmaking community. Speakers include ECX’s Chin Thammasaengsri, Arnett “The Rookie” Hartsfield, Armando Hogan, and Brent Burton. Special guest speakers include LAFD Chief Engineer William Bamattre and Los Angeles County’s Chief Lifeguard Mike Frazer. A screening of The New Stentorians is open to reception attendees and the general public later in the afternoon.

  • October 15, 2004: Engine Company X is selected to be part of the 2005 Pan African Film Festival to be held in Los Angeles during the month of February.

  • September 21, 2004: Engine Company X: The New Stentorians film is completed.

  • September 15, 2004: Engine Company X: The New Stentorians will premiere at the African-American Firefighter Museum. The Sunday November 7 screening is open to the public. An INVITATION ONLY reception will precede the screening.

  • September 1, 2004: Westlake Signal's Chin Thammasaengsri to take part in "Community Review" broadcast on Los Angeles radio station KHHT-FM (Hot 92.3) in February 2005. Chin and The Stentorians will appear as part of the station's observance of Black History month.

  • August 21, 2004: Westlake Signal's Quartermaster & Prop Shoppe assists L.A. Special's The Loaf with some of its specialized costuming needs. Click here for more on L.A. Special.

  • August 5, 2004: Westlake Signal Group's production of Engine Company X was part of the 2004 IABPFF (International Association of Black Professional Firefighters) Convention which was held in Los Angeles during the first week of August.

    Screenings were held of The Powerful Voice which is NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD along with special "sneak peek" screenings of the forthcoming second installment of the series, The New Stentorians.

    Convention delegates came from cities all over the United States with representations from New York, Dallas, Austin, Miami-Dade, San Diego and Northern California. Among the "world" delegates were members from LONDON, ENGLAND. Delegates from all of these U.S. cities and Europe walked away with their own personal DVD copies of the first film in the ECX series and prepaid for our forthcoming second film.

    Westlake Signal Group was proud to be a part of the 2004 IABPFF Convention with special thanks going to The Stentorians whose continued support bolsters the ECX project to greater and greater heights.

  • July 20, 2004: Westlake Signal Group's first post-ECX project will be an "image campaign": for a group of former law enforcement professional whose specialty is K-9 Units. The campaign calls for Westlake Signal to create one 30 minute mini-documentary and at least three :30 second spots. The expected start date of this project will be late 2004/early 2005.

  • July 16, 2004: ECX: The Powerful Voice on DVD ready to ship on DVD! ORDER YOURS TODAY! See Press releases below also.

  • March 15, 2004: ECX: The Powerful Voice to return to local television on Comcast. The documentary film will be seen in the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, and into the South Bay along with areas of South Los Angeles. The schedule will be posted shortly.
  • February 28, 2004: WSG cameras film the grave marking ceremony for Sam Haskins at Evergreen Cemetery in East Los Angeles. In attendance are The Stentorians, various city & county officials including the Chief of Los Angeles City Fire. At the repast that followed, he was given his personal copy of ECX: The Powerful Voice which he previously requested.
  • February 27, 2004: WSG cameras are in place at the California African-American Museum for the retirement dinner of Assistant Chief Russell Walker of the L.A. County Lifeguards. Some footage will be placed into ECX: The New Stentorians

  • February 22, 2004: First public screening of ECX: The Powerful Voice is held at the African-American Firefighter Museum in Los Angeles. This date plus two additional dates bring out members of the general public as well as members of the fire service from several California cities.
  • February 8, 2004: ECX1 Narrator/Host/Actor, Calvin Walton, announces he will perform in an upcoming one-man stage play he is writing & directing. Details to follow shortly.

  • February 6, 2004: ECX1 is submitted to Starz Encore programming for possible consideration for air.

  • February 1, 2004: Westlake Signal Group announces that ECX1 and ECX2 will be released in DVD form. The first release will be ECX: The Powerful Voice with an anticipated release date of spring '04.
  • January 24, 2004: Southern California Library for Social Studies & Research discusses with WSG future public viewings at their center and addition of ECX to archive.

  • January 2, 2004: LA36 in Los Angeles is first television station to air ECX.

  • December 18, 2003: "The C-Shift" and "ECX: The Powerful Voice" added to the media archive of the African-American Firefighter Museum.

  • November 17, 2003: WSG announces completion of first film in ECX series.

  • September 20, 2003: WSG's Film Operations Bureau records "Mass Casualty Drill" for L.A. City Battalion 5 on the Paramount Pictures lot. The chief photographer was Chin Thammasaengsri. Filming is not related to ECX project.

  • July 23, 2003: WSG expands ECX to include the history of the Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

  • June 1, 2003: WSG announces ECX to become two(2)-two hour films: "The Powerful Voice/1886-1969 & The New Stentorians/1970-2004".

  • January 9, 2003: Stentorians advise WSG of their intention to run ECX at 2004 IABPFF Convention.

  • July 25, 2002: Production begins on "Engine Company X"("ECX"). Plans call for a single two hour film.

  • April 16, 2002: "The C-Shift" is completed. Trailers for the film run on LA36 at the close of Asif Ahmed's TV series, Sonny Days.
 
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