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January 24, 2001
Karen S. Kim MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- National Broadcasting Co. Inc., which has corporate offices and studios in Burbank, will reduce its work force by 5% to 10% over the next month as a result of advances in technology and the beginning stages of a slow economy. "The current economic climate has all companies looking for ways to be more cost efficient," NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said. "The viewers won't see any change in the product." The reduction will affect NBC Inc. studios, which handles most of NBC's entertainment broadcasting, and KNBC-TV in Burbank, as well as NBC Inc. East and West Coast, which includes MSNBC, CNBC and regional network stations.
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July 25, 2001
Lolita Harper MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- After four nights and five days of sleeping, eating and drinking on the hard cement outside NBC studios, the second thing Erika Ontiveros wanted to do was take a shower. The first thing she wanted was to secure a chance of seeing her favorite band, 'N Sync, perform Monday on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." After almost 120 hours of waiting for tickets, she and five of her friends from Lynwood were first in line for the free show.
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October 13, 2007
As a man who knew Burbank and NBC well once said, “Thanks for the memories.” The news this week that NBC will move its operations to Universal City by 2011 was enough to stir up memories of the rich history in the studio’s 56 years in Burbank. Johnny, Jay, Ellen, “Days of Our Lives,” Elvis, all came into our homes from the studios on Alameda Avenue, helping NBC to transform Burbank from an aviation town to the “media capital of the world.
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August 14, 2002
Ryan Carter With fog and fire machines blowing, organized chaos reigned at an NBC studio lot that was the site of a drill to test the ability of volunteers dealing with a terrorist attack. Community Disaster Volunteers drill frequently, but Saturday was the first time they drilled for small bomb detonations at public places in Burbank. The group of volunteers set up in a lot at NBC studios for the drill, which featured mock explosions set off by terrorists at a mall and a crowded school gym. The volunteers, who are trained through the Fire Department's Community Disaster Preparedness unit, usually train for what to do in case of fires and earthquakes.
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February 9, 2000
Paul Clinton MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Expansion plans for a prime piece of land in the heart of Burbank have been, at alternate points, hot and then cold. Things may be getting hot again. After previous plans by NBC and Warner Bros to build at 3300 W. Olive Ave. failed to get out of the planning stages, Santa Monica developer M. David Paul is in line to try again. Paul has signed an agreement to buy five acres at the site. It's the same property previously eyed by NBC and the J.H. Snyder Company for large-scale office complexes, Cushman Realty agent Carl Muhlstein said.
NEWS
September 7, 2002
Laura Sturza Introducing the right artist to a studio project can be as tricky as lining up a match made in heaven. So studio executives devote substantial resources to finding, attracting and maintaining creative talent -- including writers, producers and animators. "We are constantly out scouring film festivals, comedy clubs, comedy showcases, movies that may not necessarily be mainstream," said Erin Gough-Wehrenberg, NBC vice president of Comedy Development.
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July 3, 2004
Couple offers relationship tips on NBC show Burbank residents Bob and Kay Hawley celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary as subjects of the NBC reality dating show "For Love or Money 2." Producers arranged for bachelor Preston and dating hopeful Rachel to attend the party on June 14 at the Hawley's home -- Belmont Village Assisted Living Communities. The couple met several residents of the facility and other Belmont communities and listened to Bob and Kay offer their philosophy on sustaining a loving relationship, which was broadcast nationally during the show.
THE818NOW
March 21, 2013
Burbank is not just sitting back and letting NBC move its signature tourist attraction back to New York City after 40 years. It's fighting back. “I am going on an hunger strike,” Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski said this afternoon. “I'm going to protest.” A hunger strike? How dramatic! Just as I was getting excited, he burst my bubble: “No, actually, we are drafting a letter asking NBC to reconsider.”  “Will you at least beg, plead, offer huge tax breaks?
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 26, 2013
After four decades of entertaining late-night TV viewers from its studio in Burbank, "The Tonight Show" might be returning to its birthplace on the East Coast, which could be bad news for local businesses that have counted on the show's staff and audiences. NBC is considering handing over the 11:35 p.m. time slot to Jimmy Fallon, who tapes his “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in New York City. Host Jay Leno's contract for “The Tonight Show” ends in September 2014, but there have been suggestions that the change may happen earlier.
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By Lauren Hilgers | March 4, 2006
Hidden deep inside the corridors of the NBC studio in Burbank, Chef Wayne Elias is hard at work. The chef and his 28-person staff are responsible for filling the stomachs of the stars and executives that populate the lot. From "The Tonight Show" and the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" to the executive restaurant, Elias has his hands full. "I'm the doctor of food," he laughed. "I'm always on call." Elias, who owns the company, Crumble Catering, has been taking care of the studio for about six years.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | February 4, 2014
A few lunch cycles after about 300 employees left the iconic NBC building on Alameda Avenue for more modern digs in Universal City, the mood was upbeat for some and downcast for other business owners in the Media District on Tuesday. Workers at local brick-and-mortar establishments that rely on the cast and crew of KNBC Los Angeles and KVEA Telemundo said they have seen a marked decline in foot traffic. But for mobile food trucks at the Pointe, just a quarter-mile away on Alameda, business was hopping.
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THE818NOW
September 20, 2013
Heeeerrrrre's Johnny! NBC announced Thursday it is developing a miniseries about late night pioneer Johnny Carson. The project will be based on Bill Zehme's  "Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait" (2010). The journalist spent time with Carson after his retirement.  The miniseries will look at the showman's three-decade run (1962-92) on the "Tonight Show. "  And while Carson was known for his privacy, the telepic will attempt to offer a peek at what his life outside the seminal set was like, the Los Angeles Times reported .  The call-up comes as the late night cavalcade -- and its drama -- has advanced to epic proportions.
THE818NOW
March 28, 2013
That didn't last long: After a few days of peace, Jay Leno returned to NBC-bashing Wednesday on "The Tonight Show. " Amid rampant rumors he's about to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon and that late-night's No. 1 show will be moving back east, Leno made fun of the network's well-chronicled ratings woes. After noting that NBC was back in a tenuous No. 2 position, thanks to the return of "The Voice" and "Revolution," he joked that "between Easter and Passover, this is truly the season of miracles.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 26, 2013
After four decades of entertaining late-night TV viewers from its studio in Burbank, "The Tonight Show" might be returning to its birthplace on the East Coast, which could be bad news for local businesses that have counted on the show's staff and audiences. NBC is considering handing over the 11:35 p.m. time slot to Jimmy Fallon, who tapes his “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in New York City. Host Jay Leno's contract for “The Tonight Show” ends in September 2014, but there have been suggestions that the change may happen earlier.
THE818NOW
March 21, 2013
Burbank is not just sitting back and letting NBC move its signature tourist attraction back to New York City after 40 years. It's fighting back. “I am going on an hunger strike,” Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski said this afternoon. “I'm going to protest.” A hunger strike? How dramatic! Just as I was getting excited, he burst my bubble: “No, actually, we are drafting a letter asking NBC to reconsider.”  “Will you at least beg, plead, offer huge tax breaks?
THE818NOW
September 19, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, September 19. Smokey Robinson will read some "Words" from the heart this weekend in North Hollywood. The singer-songwriter has apparently been itching to share his poetry with an audience. He'll read at the El Portal Theatre on Friday and Saturday . L.A. Times Lucy's 51, a restaurant in Toluca Lake, is buying the space next door and turning it into a coffee shop , reports Patch . The cafe will seat around 50 people, which seems rather large for such a venue.
THE818NOW
September 13, 2012
A 40-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly blowing through a red light in front of NBC studios and crashing into an SUV, sending two of its passengers to the hospital with serious injuries, police said. Maritza Luciano, of Burbank, was driving a Jaguar eastbound on Olive Avenue just after 8 p.m. when she allegedly ran a red light at Alameda Avenue and collided with a Ford Explorer. Two passengers in the SUV were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. One of them, a 79-year-old woman, suffered lacerations to her mouth and complained of chest pain.
THE818NOW
August 20, 2012
It's easy to scapegoat Comcast for the budget cuts NBC made at " The Tonight Show With Jay Leno " last week, and indeed there has already been speculation that this is part of the new owner's grand plan to slice and dice its way to big bucks. It's a convenient explanation and an old story: A tightfisted new owner starts making cuts with little regard to what the impact will be on the product on screen.  The only problem is that in this case, it isn't correct. Officially, NBC is keeping quiet about what motivated the decision to lay off almost two-dozen staffers, leading Leno himself to take a big reduction in pay. Unofficially, people close to the show say the cuts were enacted because Leno was still producing his late-night show with the budget he was given two years ago for his ill-fated move into prime time.
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By Roger Vincent and Jason Wells | July 17, 2012
NBC Universal's announcement this week that it has dropped controversial plans to build thousands of residences on its famous back lot was praised by local and regional officials who feared the massive mixed-use project would overwhelm public facilities and pinch chances for movie and TV production job growth. The new $1.6-billion proposal - which would ditch the housing for more movie and television production facilities and expand the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park - was unveiled Monday just before the release of the final environmental impact report on the company's proposal to improve the sprawling studio and tourist attraction in the San Fernando Valley.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | February 13, 2012
The race is on to find tenants to fill the space in Burbank's media district currently occupied by NBCUniversal's news operations, which will move out in late 2013. The company announced that it will move its news operations out of their long-time home on Alameda Avenue and into a state-of-the-art facility on the Universal lot in Los Angeles. Studios for “The Late Show with Jay Leno,” “Access Hollywood” and other production facilities will remain on the Burbank lot, according to NBCUniversal.
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