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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.