Independent Studio Services

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Independent Studio Services or ISS is the largest prop supplier for television and film production studios.[citation needed] Props provided by ISS have been used in numerous motion pictures and television programs. ISS was founded in 1977 by Gregg Bilson, Sr., and is currently based in Sunland, California with satellite branches in New Mexico, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, and New York.[1]

Banknotes[edit]

ISS provided prop banknotes for the film Rush Hour 2. The film's plot involved the production of high quality counterfeit United States currency, known as superbills, by Hong Kong-based triads which laundered them through a Las Vegas casino. While filming in Las Vegas, prop banknotes with a face value of $1 billion USD were blown up. The explosion didn't destroy all of the banknotes. Many were scattered through the air, and picked up by bystanders. The prop banknotes were found in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and as far away as Minneapolis. The United States Secret Service ordered ISS to stop producing the banknotes, recalled the banknotes from every production company that had ordered them, and seized banknotes from the company's location in Sun Valley, California.[2][3]

Fictional brands[edit]

Fictional brands of products are produced by Studio Graphics, a division of ISS. Many of these brands have appeared in multiple film and television productions.

Soda: Cabot-Cola, Jekyll Island Rootbeer, PC Cola.[4]

Beer: HaberKern, Heisler, Jekyll Island, Matador Lager, and Penzburg.

Whiskey: Clermont Bourbon, J. Darby Bourbon, J. Darby Scotch, Gardner Scotch, Glencallan Scotch, Good Old Days Bourbon, Jake Danzels Old No. 2, Killarney Dell Irish Whiskey, Natape Scotch, Old & Rare Blended Scotch.[5][6]

Heisler Beer[edit]

Heisler is a fictional brand of beer produced by the StudioGraphics division of ISS. It is also produced by The Earl Hayes Press.[7] Heisler has appeared in various motion pictures and television shows. Some Heisler packaging indicates it is a fictional brand of gold ale.

List of appearances (in alphabetical order by title)

Jekyll Island Beers[edit]

Jekyll Island is a fictional brand of beer created by the StudioGraphics division of ISS. Jekyll Island beers have appeared in various motion pictures and television shows. The Jekyll Island packaging indicates it is a fictional brand of lager, red ale, and a root beer.

List of appearances (in alphabetical order by title)

Penzburg Beer[edit]

Penzburg is a fictional brand of beer created by the StudioGraphics division of ISS. Penzburg has appeared in various motion pictures and television shows.

List of appearances (in alphabetical order by title)

Haberkern Beer[edit]

Haberkern is a fictional brand of beer created by the StudioGraphics division of ISS. The brand is named for its creator, propmaker Christina Haberkern. Haberkern beer has appeared in various motion pictures and television shows.[8]

List of appearances (in alphabetical order by title)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Independent Studio Services. 2009-05-15. 
  2. ^ Crackdown On Fake Cash. New York Times. June 7, 2001. p. A20. 
  3. ^ Reed, Fred (2005). Show Me the Money! The Standard Catalog of Motion Picture, Television, Stage and Advertising Prop Money. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 191–193. ISBN 0-7864-2037-5. 
  4. ^ "Studio Graphics: Products: Beverages: Soda". ISSprops.com. 2012. 
  5. ^ Mattise, Nathan (November 2012). "When a Name Brand Just Won’t Do: Hollywood’s Best Fake Products". Co.Create. 
  6. ^ "Studio Graphics: Products: Liquor: Whiskey". ISSprops.com. 2012. 
  7. ^ "Beer". The Earl Hayes Press. 2010-01-01. 
  8. ^ Haberkern, Christina (2010-11-17). "Prop Maker / Graphic Designer: Christina Haberkern". 

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