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February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
After 52 years broadcasting Southern California's biggest stories from the same Burbank studio, KNBC-TV Channel 4 has pulled up stakes and moved into a gleaming new center on the Universal lot. "Everyone was sad to leave the old building, it had such a rich history with the studios used by Johnny Carson and even 'Days of Our Lives,' " said Steve Carlston, president and general manager of NBC4, on Friday. KNBC now is broadcasting from Los Angeles. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll "We moved about a mile away, but we have moved into the future," Carlston said.
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February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
After 52 years broadcasting Southern California's biggest stories from the same Burbank studio, KNBC-TV Channel 4 has pulled up stakes and moved into a gleaming new center on the Universal lot. "Everyone was sad to leave the old building, it had such a rich history with the studios used by Johnny Carson and even 'Days of Our Lives,' " said Steve Carlston, president and general manager of NBC4, on Friday. KNBC now is broadcasting from Los Angeles. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll "We moved about a mile away, but we have moved into the future," Carlston said.
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May 6, 1992
We read with great nostalgia the article April 17 by Michael Arkush about Universal Studios tour guides. In 1975, when Universal Studios Tours was in its infancy, we and our college roommates decided to become tour guides. We simply drove up the back way (behind the studios, where there is now employee parking) and parked in an open field. We were able to walk straight across this field onto the Universal lot and up to a group of trailers serving as personnel offices. We proceeded to tell a confused young lady behind a stack of unsorted applications that all three of us had been called up by personnel to begin tour guide training.
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Universal Studios Hollywood will be inundated with zombies as "The Walking Dead" takes over a haunted maze, a scare zone and the terror tram during Halloween Horror Nights 2013. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood I recently got a behind-the-scenes walk-through preview of "The Walking Dead" maze from Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and the hit AMC show's executive producer and makeup designer Greg Nicotero. After taking visitors through the zombie-infested streets of Atlanta last year, the all-new Walking Dead maze returns this year with scenes from the show's third season set in an abandoned prison and its rural Georgia surroundings.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2006 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
IT'S been decades since movie studios had movie stars on contract. And you're as likely to stumble across movie filming on a downtown L.A. street as on the Universal Studios back lot these days. But the studios still have that special feel of a gated village of the privileged, sprinkled with producers' personal parking spaces, dotted with streets named for directors and stars and charged with a frisson of excitement.
OPINION
June 27, 2006 | JOEL STEIN
WHEN I WAS working as a sitcom writer on the Universal lot, I couldn't stop myself from waving excitedly every time the Universal Studios tour tram would drive by. My workplace was so exciting that people paid money to see it! It was not until my 20th straight night of eating dinner in the office that it struck me there's a reason workers don't wave at the Hershey's factory.
OPINION
November 14, 2012 | By Lewis MacAdams
Los Angeles has a great opportunity, but it will require action. On Wednesday, NBC Universal's plan for a major expansion will go before the City Council for final approval. The plan, thanks in part to effective agitating by Los Angeles River advocates, bicycle riders and neighborhood activists, represents a fine civic bargain, but there is also an opportunity to accomplish much, much more. For those who live in Los Angeles, there is a lot at stake in this deal. NBC Universal and its corporate masters - currently Comcast, the largest cable operator in the United States - have been trying to expand Universal's footprint since 2006.
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Universal Studios Hollywood will be inundated with zombies as "The Walking Dead" takes over a haunted maze, a scare zone and the terror tram during Halloween Horror Nights 2013. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood I recently got a behind-the-scenes walk-through preview of "The Walking Dead" maze from Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and the hit AMC show's executive producer and makeup designer Greg Nicotero. After taking visitors through the zombie-infested streets of Atlanta last year, the all-new Walking Dead maze returns this year with scenes from the show's third season set in an abandoned prison and its rural Georgia surroundings.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Carla Laemmle lived a fairy tale existence after she and her parents moved to the Universal Studios lot in 1921 when she was 11. Her father, Joseph, was the brother of Universal Studios chief Carl Laemmle and when Joseph's health began to fail, Carl invited the family to leave Chicago and live on the lot because the climate would be better in California. "There were two houses with a long front lawn and a little hospital," recalled Carla Laemmle, who is celebrating her 103rd birthday Saturday with a party at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
NBCUniversal has dropped controversial plans to build thousands of residences on its famous back lot and hopes instead to add movie and television production facilities and expand the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. The new $1.6-billion proposal 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. An earlier plan, valued at $3 billion, called for nearly 3,000 apartments and condominiums at the east end of the studio's property; they would have been served by proposed shops and restaurants.
OPINION
November 14, 2012 | By Lewis MacAdams
Los Angeles has a great opportunity, but it will require action. On Wednesday, NBC Universal's plan for a major expansion will go before the City Council for final approval. The plan, thanks in part to effective agitating by Los Angeles River advocates, bicycle riders and neighborhood activists, represents a fine civic bargain, but there is also an opportunity to accomplish much, much more. For those who live in Los Angeles, there is a lot at stake in this deal. NBC Universal and its corporate masters - currently Comcast, the largest cable operator in the United States - have been trying to expand Universal's footprint since 2006.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Carla Laemmle lived a fairy tale existence after she and her parents moved to the Universal Studios lot in 1921 when she was 11. Her father, Joseph, was the brother of Universal Studios chief Carl Laemmle and when Joseph's health began to fail, Carl invited the family to leave Chicago and live on the lot because the climate would be better in California. "There were two houses with a long front lawn and a little hospital," recalled Carla Laemmle, who is celebrating her 103rd birthday Saturday with a party at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
NBCUniversal has dropped controversial plans to build thousands of residences on its famous back lot and hopes instead to add movie and television production facilities and expand the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. The new $1.6-billion proposal 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. An earlier plan, valued at $3 billion, called for nearly 3,000 apartments and condominiums at the east end of the studio's property; they would have been served by proposed shops and restaurants.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2012 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Plans to build a $750-million office and broadcast studio complex across the street from Universal Studios have been scrapped as NBCUniversal opts to keep its television operations on the famous lot. NBCUniversal said Wednesday that it would create new studios for the Los Angeles bureaus of NBC News and Telemundo, and their local affiliates KNBC and KVEA, near the lot's Lankershim Boulevard entrance. The 150,000-square-foot broadcast facility will be built in a building formerly used by Technicolor for production and offices, NBCUniversal said.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2010 | Roger Vincent
NBC Universal will build a new West Coast newsroom and production center in Conan O'Brien's former studio on the Universal lot, the entertainment company said Thursday. The 60,000-square-foot facility will move the Los Angeles bureau of NBC News and local affiliate KNBC from Burbank to Universal City. The company didn't disclose how much the new studios will cost, but such facilities typically require tens of millions of dollars to build. "This is a significant investment in our West Coast news operations," NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker said.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2006 | Roger Vincent and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
Universal City, already the world's largest movie studio lot, would also become a major office and residential hub as part of a $3-billion development plan unveiled Wednesday by owner NBC Universal. Under the proposal, the historic studio would add a neighborhood with 2,900 homes and apartment units -- creating a new community at a time when large parcels of land for new housing are virtually unavailable within the urban core.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2010 | Roger Vincent
NBC Universal will build a new West Coast newsroom and production center in Conan O'Brien's former studio on the Universal lot, the entertainment company said Thursday. The 60,000-square-foot facility will move the Los Angeles bureau of NBC News and local affiliate KNBC from Burbank to Universal City. The company didn't disclose how much the new studios will cost, but such facilities typically require tens of millions of dollars to build. "This is a significant investment in our West Coast news operations," NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker said.
SPORTS
October 22, 1994 | MELANIE NEFF
University's offensive line pushed around Laguna Beach's defense Friday night, opening holes for the Trojans' squad of running backs and spoiling the Artists' homecoming with a 21-14 victory Friday night in Pacific Coast League play. Senior running back Tucker Highfield led the ground game for University (4-3, 2-0), which piled up 340 yards rushing. At 5 feet 10 and 180 pounds, Highfield left Artist defenders flat-footed as he carried the ball 16 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
OPINION
June 27, 2006 | JOEL STEIN
WHEN I WAS working as a sitcom writer on the Universal lot, I couldn't stop myself from waving excitedly every time the Universal Studios tour tram would drive by. My workplace was so exciting that people paid money to see it! It was not until my 20th straight night of eating dinner in the office that it struck me there's a reason workers don't wave at the Hershey's factory.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2006 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
IT'S been decades since movie studios had movie stars on contract. And you're as likely to stumble across movie filming on a downtown L.A. street as on the Universal Studios back lot these days. But the studios still have that special feel of a gated village of the privileged, sprinkled with producers' personal parking spaces, dotted with streets named for directors and stars and charged with a frisson of excitement.
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