The L.A. Times’ Meg James and Matea Gold scoop that NBC, including NBC News, will be moving from its Burbank location to across the street from Universal Studios…
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.
“I think this is a real pronouncement of a serious commitment on the company’s part to news and information going forward,” said Steve Capus, president of NBC News, adding that the new Universal City headquarters would provide a “central nervous system.”
“It’s really about being greater than the individual parts,” he added. Even though the various newsrooms currently share the same facility in Burbank, “right now we’re kind of a completely disconnected organization, because the technical spines around our organizations are built on different platforms.”
While the behind-the-scenes changes may not be immediately evident to viewers, Capus said, “it will be great to finally be able to honestly say when we throw to someone in Los Angeles, ‘We’re standing in the city of Los Angeles.’ ”