We helped create the giant balls for ABC's Wipeout, the crazy stunts on
NBC's Fear Factor, and the iconic targets of FOX's Bullseye

We create sets for tv shows, reality shows, web series, commercials, music videos, big budget features, and independent films.  We build for red carpets, still shoots, activations, conventions, restaurants, trade shows, even your own backyard bike course.  We work with projects and budgets of any size.

Everything we do is fabricated by our team of talented carpenters, scenics, sculptors, builders, and installers.  If you need resources for your production, we have a fantastic roster of art directors, scenic painters, graphic designers, dressers, and more!  We have a complete metal fabrication shop.  We can create signage on vinyl, canvas, and various other substrates.  We know the materials you need and how best to use them.  From plastic, wood, foam, steel, to anything else you can imagine.  Our team is deadline driven, professional, and we always design with safety in mind.

We have almost every tool and resource around, and we strive to stay current with the latest technology and software trends to provide the best product and service for our customers.  We are environmentally-friendly and use sustainable resources whenever and wherever possible.

Our main facility is centrally located in North Hollywood, CA within a short drive of the 5 and 170 freeways. We can deliver our designs and take meetings anywhere in Southern California.  If you’re looking for sets to be built outside of the Greater Los Angeles area, we can do that too!  We can design, consult, and build for your project anywhere in the world! 


Matt Hooper Pennington

Matt Hooper (Hoop) Pennington has been an active part of the entertainment and media industries for over 18 years.  Graduating (Cum Laude) from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Media Arts, he lives in Los Angeles where he produces and designs a variety of television shows.  His TV roster includes Wipeout (ABC), Fear Factor (NBC), 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow (ABC), Capture (CW), Killer Karaoke (TruTV), Hellevator (GSN), and more.  He thrives on working in new and untested environments. Quoted in Emmy Magazine, "...while there are real-life inspirations for these [creations], when it comes to the execution there's no prototype for what we do".


Adam O’Connor

Adam O’Connor is an accomplished producer of film, television, and digital content with 15+ years in the entertainment industry.  
He oversaw the production of several multi-million dollar television series and managed workforces of over 100 employees for networks including Bravo, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and various international outlets.  Adam most recently produced the feature film "It’s Gawd!" starring Tommy Chong, Luke Perry, and Booboo Stewart.  Now he brings his production logistic and financial experience to Arête.

Matt and Adam have been friends and colleagues for the past 10 years.  In early 2015 they opened Arête and have been busy with builds for FOX, Lifetime, The Disney Channel, GSN, and more.