Inside Move: Studio watch

Visitors in a jam as lots boost security

The studio lots became virtual parking lots last week as intensive new security measures brought visitor traffic to a near standstill.

At 20th, Century Fox, getting on the lot resembled an international border crossing, with multiple checkpoints and ID verifications.

Delays created by security checks at Fox had traffic backed out onto Pico Blvd.

Once visitors drive through the Pico gate, they are greeted by a phalanx of security guards who peer into and check each vehicle.

They’re then forced to navigate a serpentine course of barrels and concrete barriers that slow traffic to a crawl. When they finally arrive at the guard post,security guards check identification against their list. Other guards block the vehicle until the checks are completed.

Visitors are then given not just a parking pass but a personal security pass to be kept on them while on the lot.

In certain buildings, guards in the foyer again check IDs. Visitors wait as the guards call Fox employees to approve an office visit.

Over at Paramout, similar precautions were in effect, with guards on both the Melrose and Van Ness entrances using mirrors on poles to check under cars.

Sources say agents and others with studio business are declining meetings on all of the studio lots because of the long waits.

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