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Amazon Studios leases entire 280,000 SF historic Culver City campus formerly occupied by Sony Studios.
As plans move forward for a massive makeover at the historic Culver Studios campus in the heart of Culver City, the tech behemoth and thriving studio production company recently made it public that they have leased the 280,000 SF complex in its entirety.
The entire complex will be utilized for Amazon’s production company unit, Amazon Studios, as well as the corporation’s video and advertising departments and movie reference site IMDB (which Amazon owns).
It’s been told that Amazon will begin moving into the studios by the end of the year.
Speculation has been spreading like wildfire around Los Angeles about the prospective tenant(s) interested in the project since the new owner Hackman Capital took ownership and divulged plans on renovating the complex back in 2016. Apple was also another tech giant allegedly looking at Culver Studios.
The Culver Studios has been a historical site for the production of classic films such as “Gone with the Wind”, “Citizen Kane”, and the original “King Kong”.
The studios massive makeover is slated to be underway in first quarter 2018. It will demolish and/or relocate several older structures, with the addition of more than 400,000 SF of new space. Gensler has been slated as the architecture firm overseeing the renovation. They have maintained they will leave intact several historic bungalows and the studio’s oldest and most recognizable building: a Colonial-style mansion which was emulated after George Washington’s state at Mount Vernon.
Hackman Capital also owns an adjacent site known as the Culver Steps. Its speculated that Amazon will also be leasing this 75,000 SF site as well.
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