Tuesday, March 18, 2008

From Dave Schwartz:
CBS packs up Television City
Most departments moving to Studio City
They're packing up boxes at CBS Television City, as the network makes its long-awaited change of address at the end of the month.
Eye officially moves its West Coast headquarters to its CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City (commonly referred to as the "Radford lot") on March 31.
The new 162,000-square-foot building, which has been housing CBS-owned stations KCBS and KCAL since last April, will also lodge Eye topper Leslie Moonves' West Coast office. It will be the home base for CBS Paramount TV Network Entertainment Group head Nancy Tellem and CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler.
Much of the CBS Entertainment team will also make the move to the building, although some departments will remain at Television City. Plan is to gradually bring other staffers over in waves.
Move has been in the works for years; CBS drew up plans for the building in 2003, and broke ground in 2005. The Entertainment division move will unite many of CBS' TV businesses on the same lot, including network and studio: CBS Paramount Network TV has operated from the Radford lot since July 2006.
In August, magazine strips "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider" will also head to CBS Studio Center from their current base on the Paramount lot on Melrose.
As for Television City, the historic landmark -- which first opened in 1952 -- isn't in danger of disappearing. Unlike Columbia Square, which went dark after CBS sold the facility and KCBS/KCAL (plus KNX and KCBS-FM) moved out, TV City is still owned by the Eye and will remain an active facility.
For starters, Eye productions such as "The Price Is Right" and "The Young and the Restless" will continue to be shot there (and the soundstages will still be available for rental to the likes of "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars").
Also, CBS Paramount Intl. TV is moving in June into the third-floor executive suite that will be vacated by Moonves, Tellem, Tassler and company.
Move means that, come April, Fox will rep the only major broadcast net not located in the San Fernando Valley.
NBC Entertainment, meanwhile, is prepping its own move this year, from its current Burbank digs to the Universal lot. (Peacock staffers have already started moving over in waves.) ABC hopped from Century City to Burbank in 2000.