The Big Phone Bank

Producer Hawk Koch helped organize some of the nation’s largest Obama phone banks on L.A.’s west side, including large operations on Stage 2 at the Culver Studios, a soundstage at Sunset Gower studios and Revelations Entertainment in Santa Monica.

Koch told Variety he attended “Camp Obama” training for campaign organizers and became resource manager for the Westside.

“What they needed was a place for phone banks. I got a very good deal at both Culver City and Sunset Gower,” said Koch.

Besides the soundstage call centers, Koch arranged space at lunchtime at L.A. Farm restaurant and throughout the day at Mark Gordon Co. and Revelations, the company run by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary.

“I’ve got almost 300 people here on Second Street in Santa Monica making calls today,” said Koch.
“I would say between the four (sites) we make more calls than anyone in the country.”

The Culver City call center was also set up for 300 volunteer callers — all using their own cell phones to phone voters in battleground states — but at midday was on pace to double that number.

The Culver City center had been operating out of the studio commissary on weekends but shifted to Stage 2 for the final push.

“I’m a producer,” Koch said. “I put things together.”

By David Cohen

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