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    NBC bails on Burbank

    entertainment giant will announce plans Thursday to leave its home of more than 50 years for new headquarters near Universal Studios.

    By Meg James and Matea Gold
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
    6:58 PM PDT, October 10, 2007

    After more than a half-century, NBC Universal is dropping the curtain on "beautiful downtown Burbank."

    The media company plans to announce Thursday that it is selling much of the 30 acres it owns in Burbank, including its legendary NBC Studios at 3000 W. Alameda Ave., home to such iconic programs as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and before that, "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson."

    NBC Universal intends to relocate the network and local news operations that are in Burbank to a new headquarters in a massive complex planned on Lankershim Boulevard, across the street from its Universal Studios entertainment complex. An MTA Red Line subway station and a sprawling surface parking lot now occupy the proposed site, which is next to the 101 Freeway. NBC Universal expects to move into the new center in 2011.

    Separately, NBC Universal confirmed that "The Tonight Show" is remaining in Los Angeles when Conan O'Brien takes over the show from Leno in 2009. With the Burbank facility on the block, the network is expanding and upgrading Studio One, a sound stage on the Universal Studios lot that was built in 1961 for the "Jack Benny Show," to be the new home of the late-night program. Other memorable productions, including "Jurrasic Park" and "The Incredible Hulk," as well as the 1980s television show "Knight Rider" were also shot there.

    NBC Universal three years ago made the controversial decision to give O'Brien the legendary 11:35 p.m. time slot. That move effectively set a retirement date for Leno, who continues to be one of the network's most popular and bankable stars.

    "This is very disappointing," said Mary Alvord, Burbank's city manager. "Everybody likes to have visible shows like 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.' They are a big part of who we are. And Jay has been more than a host -- he's been an accessible member of our community. It's a sad day for Burbank."

    NBC has ambitious plans for its new digs, which it has dubbed the West Coast News Headquarters and Content Center. The company intends to be the anchor tenant of a massive project, more than 1 million square feet, being proposed to the city of Los Angeles by Thomas Properties, NBC Universal's developer for the project.

    The new building is expected to have a street-side studio modeled after the "Today" show set in New York, as well as state-of-the-art production facilities that will allow the company's news organizations to more easily share content, executives said.
    Last edited by ALIASd; 11-12-2007, 03:54 PM.
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    So I assume they'll be offering studio tours as well, might be a nice way to make your Universal visit even better.

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      wow, that's a whole 4 miles difference!
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        ^ LOL!!!

        Glad that Conan will be in LA. I didn't realize the decision to have Conan be the new host was controversial. I thought Jay decided to retire. At least that's the way it seemed to me.

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        • #5
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          Irony: NBC Universal General Electric would sell 3000 W. Alameda to Disney, and moves all KABC business, ABC News West Coast operations there and videotapes their "consumer lifestyle" comedies there.

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            Interesting news. Maybe they'll make the new NBC Studios as a sort of second gate park for Universal.

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            • #7
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              This has been brewing for the past four years. Glad that some sort of outcome has finally been made. Also note, NBC had already sold a big chunk of its property in Burbank last year and that entire crew has already made the move.


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                So, what's going to happen to the subway station and sprawling parking lot??
                This seems a bit specious. There is also the campo de cahuenga historical site there.

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                  I've had a chance to take the tour at the NBC studios in Burbank.
                  It certainly wasn't that exciting of a tour, but they did talk about
                  the history of the various studios at the facility. The doors to the
                  each studio have artwork of the various personalities that have
                  had shows in that studio ~ most prominent is Johnny Carson. They
                  also have filmed soap operas (don't recall which ones, as I'm not
                  a soapy), and various other talk shows. Glad to hear that is likely
                  ABC would be moving in there, I'm sure they would keep some of the
                  historical aspects of the building in place.
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                    The last time I took the NBC Studios tour was when I was a kid in the 1970s. It was really cool. I remember seeing the original masks used in the Planet of the Apes. If pictures were taken they have long since been lost...

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                      Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
                      Glad to hear that is likely
                      ABC would be moving in there, I'm sure they would keep some of the
                      historical aspects of the building in place.

                      Considering the expense they've laid out buying up & developing its home in nearby Glendale this would seem extreme, and not mentioned in the above article. But we'll watch the news to see if this is reported anywhere in the future.
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                      • #12
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                        This would serves as Disney Channel's new home in all hopefullness, as this would save money in the long run as their current series tapes at other locations (Hollywood Center for example).

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                        • #13
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                          Rental space on a couple of soundstages over the hill is probably alot cheaper than a $150 million plus pricetag for a 50 year old facility. Especially with your home base a block away and Glendale only a few miles over.

                          Fencing and securing NBC as a Disney property alone would cost a fortune!
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                          • #14
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                            wow!! i work across the street from NBC (and am at work now) i am trying to picture where the new lot will be. they just installed a HUGE new uplink dish, i wonder if they will be moving all that stuff too.

                            Univision is also located there...will they be moving as well?
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                            • #15
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                              That'd be Telemundo, the network en espanol owned by NBC Universal.

                              Hiram Saban owns Univision. He's the guy who sold ABC Family (then Fox Family) and the Power Rangers to Disney.

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