Amazon Studios, Other Creative Departments, Leaving the Water Gardens for Culver Studios
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November 3, 2017
Just as the Pen Factory added more space to the office parks on Olympic Blvd near 26th Street, Amazon's expanding studio division announced Monday that it is relocating from Santa Monica to Culver Studios in Culver City.
All entertainment divisions of the giant corporation, IMDB, Amazon Video and World Wide Advertising, will move by January 1, 2018. Reportedly, Amazon will move into Culver Studio's historic mansion featured in the opening credits to the movie "Gone with the Wind." The mansion will be a small part of the space Amazon will occupy, actually.
Amazon will lease more than 280,000 square feet of space, including the Culver Studios Mansion and Bungalows. Amazon told the LA Times that it employs more than 700 in Santa Monica. The new space will allow for new jobs in the creative, technical, marketing and legal departments.
The move seems calculated to demonstrate that Amazon Studios is a serious player in the content creation business, and that Amazon is serious about the venture.
"We are very excited about being a part of 100 years of movie and TV history at the Culver Studios," said Albert Cheng, head of Amazon Studios, in a statement in Monday's announcement.
"Most importantly, this new L.A.-based office will give us the much needed space for our team to work and grow so we can keep bringing Prime Members the very best in series and movies."
Amazon Studios currently films some of its original series in the L.A. area, including "Transparent," "Goliath" and "Bosch."
The Culver Studios, which was founded in 1918 and is currently owned by an affiliate of Hackman Capital Partners, didn't respond to a request for comment, said the LA Times. http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-amazon-studios-culver-20171030-story.html
Cheng took over Amazon Studios in October after Roy Price abruptly left the company after an executive producer on Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle" accused Price harassing her with unwanted advances.