Friday, June 24, 2016


The last couple of days, I've been traipsing around Disney TVA, located at Burbank's fabled "Media Center North," which is cheek-by-jowl to the glamorous Bob Hope/Burbank Airport, where you can relive the excitement of air flight in the 1940s by waiting for your plane in a building that was built in the 1940s, when it was part of a private airdrome owned by the Lockheed Corporation.

But I digress. ...

Disney TVA occupies two different floors of one of the Media Center buildings, and is, according to different animation employees, looking to occupy more.

"Disney is going to fill up two or three extra floors with artists, writers and cartoon directors. A work crew guy downstairs said they just got finished filling up one floor with wall-to-wall cubicles, so TVA is going to have a lot bigger presence here." ...

The last few years, Disney has rented space at Northside, but seemed fine with a couple of floors. TVA has owned a larger footprint at the Disney Sonora building in Glendale, but the ratios of square footage between Burbank and Glendale could be changing. (The division also has a production located on Brand Boulevard in Glendale.)

Meanwhile, the Mouse's cartoon staff is telling me that Hasbro's animation arm, now located a mile and a half north on Hollywood Way, will soon be moving into Media Center North. Also too, word is around that DreamWorks (live-action) will be occupying a building across the quad from Disney TVA Northside.

Chalk all the above up as "scuttlebutt" at this point. It might all be absolutely true, or it might not. But it's what staff is telling me.


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