CBS Television City
CBS Corp. has reportedly found a buyer for its 25-acre Television City property, which the Conservancy successfully nominated and listed in June, 2018 for Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) designation. According to press reports, the Los Angeles-based investment firm Hackman Capital Partners was selected among the potential buyers bidding on the property. Previously the Conservancy worked with this owner and their consultant team on the Culver Studios project.
While the sale has not been completed, it has been reported that studio space and production facilities will remain at the property. As contemplated as part of the HCM process, there will be opportunity for portions (not covered by the HCM) of the large site to be redeveloped. The HCM designation will help guide future development on the site while retaining its historic and character-defining features.
The Conservancy worked very closely with CBS on the HCM nomination, and their leadership came out in full support. Thank you to all who supported this effort, especially Councilmember David Ryu!
In December 2017, the Conservancy submitted the nomination to designate the storied CBS Television City complex as a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) following news in September that CBS Corporation was potentially interested in marketing the 25-acre property. Announcement of a potential sale has raised widespread concern over the fate of the architecturally and culturally significant campus, which was identified as National Register-eligible in Los Angeles’ SurveyLA.
Opened in 1952 at the southeast corner of Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, CBS Television City is the first large-scale facility designed specifically for television production in the United States. CBS hired the local architecture firm Pereira & Luckman, with Gin Wong serving as lead designer, to design its new headquarters, which contained soundstages, studios, editing rooms, offices, rehearsal halls, shops, and storage. On the interior, flexibility was key: studio walls, and even some exterior walls, could be moved and rearranged to accommodate the needs of specific productions.
For more than six decades and counting it has been the portal by which some of America’s most beloved television shows have been produced. From within its modern and custom-designed stages, television broke new ground, from variety/sketch comedy television shows like The Carol Burnett Show to the life of Archie Bunker and the controversial issues of the day in All in the Family.
In December 2017, the Conservancy submitted the nomination to designate CBS Television City as a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) following news in September that CBS Corporation was potentially interested in marketing the 25-acre property. A historic property is often at risk when it changes out of long-time stewardship.