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Monday, 16 May 2011 19:46

Hollywood's First Studio Celebrates a Century of Entertainment

Written by  Jenny Werth
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The glamorous film nostalgia of the precious past is holding hands with today’s 21st- century cutting-edge technology, all contained within the walls of the iconic Sunset Gower and Sunset Bronson Studios. Their extraordinary collaboration brought to life Hollywood’s first true movie studio that has a structure like no other — it’s a genuine landmark representing a remarkable piece of history on the well-known Sunset Boulevard. In fact, as you drive by, you’ll pass the location where the first feature-length “talkie” movie was produced (The Jazz Singer).

Located in the heart of Hollywood, Sunset Gower Studios has a history that goes back to the very beginning of Tinsel Town. In 1911, the Nestor Film Company relocated from New York City to Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street in Los Angeles, making it the first studio established in Hollywood. In 1922, Harry Cohn set up nearby at 6070 Sunset Boulevard, and, in 1924, he established Columbia Pictures, discovering such iconic talent as Frank Capra. During Hollywood’s Golden Era, Columbia purchased all of the adjacent lots to the original buildings on Sunset Boulevard, establishing the nearly 16 acres that make up Sunset Gower Studios today. In 1958, the passing of Harry Cohn ended that Hollywood era. His funeral, held on Sunset Gower’s Stages 12 and 14, was considered one of the largest in Hollywood history.

In 2007, Hudson Capital LLC (the predecessor to current owner Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.) purchased the property and embarked on a multimillion-dollar capital improvement program to enhance and upgrade the historic studio, making Sunset Gower Studios the state-of-the-art, premier independent production facility it is today. Hudson oversaw the construction of Technicolor’s new-world headquarters, a six-story, glass-and-steel office building located at Sunset Gower. And more studio upgrades continue with two newly built high-definition control rooms at Sunset Bronson Studios. Both Studios are currently home to many top network and cable companies, including HBO, ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney and Nickelodeon. “While we embrace all of the history that our studios have to offer, we are forward thinking in our ability to keep up with the growing convergence of media and technology, as you can find throughout our updated infrastructure,” says Terri Melkonian, VP of Sales and Marketing.    

Sunset Gower and its sister studio Sunset Bronson are a dynamic part of the Hudson Pacific Properties portfolio, which consists of 13 office and media/entertainment real-estate assets totaling more than 4 million square feet. Based in Los Angeles, Hudson Pacific is a full-service, vertically integrated and publicly traded real-estate investment trust focused on owning, operating and acquiring high-quality office and state-of-the-art media and entertainment properties in select growth markets primarily in Northern and Southern California.

Sunset Gower/Sunset Bronson Studios


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