Thursday, October 11, 2007

NBC plans to sell Burbank studio, move to Universal City

WOW. HUGE news. NBC's Burbank facilty is massive. I'm shocked, this seems to have come out of nowhere.

Also, the NY changes are equally dramatic.

Really a shakeup in infastructure. Could be a really good thing though.

And I guess that NBC let the cat out of the bag that Conan "is slated" to move to LA when he takes over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno in 2009.

NBC plans to sell Burbank studio, move to Universal City
AP Posted: 2007-10-11 18:05:37

BURBANK, California (AP) - NBC Universal plans to sell part of its site in
"beautiful downtown Burbank," home to the studio housing "The Tonight Show With
Jay Leno," and move to a new broadcast facility across the street from Universal

NBC (which is owned by General Electric Co.) will take the "Access
Hollywood" set, local news operations and other facilities with it when it moves
into the new location in 2011.

Meanwhile, it plans to move "The Tonight Show" to the nearby Universal
Studios' Stage One lot when Conan O'Brien takes over hosting duties upon Leno's
departure in 2009.

The new facilities will be located in a new building adjacent to a subway
line connecting Universal City, in the southeast corner of the San Fernando
Valley, to downtown Los Angeles.

They will be across the street from Universal Studios, the Universal
Studios Hollywood theme park and the CityWalk tourist destination.

"When looking at our long-term business operations, we realized there are
very real strategic and synergistic opportunities in bringing our production
facilities and talent together to grow in Los Angeles," Tom Smith, senior vice
president of West Coast real estate for NBC Universal said in a statement posted
Thursday on the KNBC-TV Web cite.

Company officials said they are pursuing opportunities to sell part of the
34-acre studio lot in the Burbank Media District. They would lease it back for
news operations until the University City facility is finished.

NBC also announced that, starting Oct. 22, MSNBC will begin originating
from its new home at Manhattan's 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

The switchover from MSNBC's old Secaucus, N.J., home base will solidify an
effort to combine the New York-based operations of NBC News and MSNBC under one
roof. The centralized newsgathering facility will include the editorial and
production staffs for nearly all NBC News and MSNBC programs.

MSNBC will air from an 8,500-square-foot studio equipped with a motorized
platform for the anchors that can travel on a 50-foot-long track.

Also on Oct. 22, "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" will christen its
refurbished Studio 3C, the network said.

NBC's Burbank complex, purchased in 1951, was made famous by the late
"Tonight" show host Johnny Carson's frequent tongue-in-cheek references to its
location in "beautiful downtown Burbank."

Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos said she was sad to learn the show is leaving
the Los Angeles suburb of some 105,000 residents.

"`The Tonight Show' put us on the map," she told the Los Angeles Times.
"Without that line from Johnny Carson about beautiful downtown Burbank, most
people wouldn't even know that we exist."

NBC officials say the new facility will include virtual studios,
interactive graphic capabilities, a glass-walled newsroom and other modern

Its news set will be modeled in part after the network's "Today" show set
in New York and will host the "Today" show and NBC's "Nightly News" whenever
those programs broadcast from Los Angeles.