Chris Barton’s executive position at Hudson Pacific Properties isn’t his only reason for rooting for the revitalization of the Sunset Gower Studios.
He’s also chairman of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, where he’s involved in “promoting business and investment in the community while at the same time looking out for the community’s interest.”
Brought into predecessor company Hudson Capital in 2006 by president Howard Stern and chairman Victor Coleman, Barton took the interests of all concerned into account in the Sunset Gower development of Technicolor’s HQ, which Barton dubs without hesitation “the most advanced post-production facility in the world.”
The building, Hollywood’s first new office structure in more than a quarter century, was designed to meet Technicolor’s needs for “significant specialized structural designs, including construction for soundproofing, excess electrical requirements, film vaults and state of the art theaters,” according to Barton.
His work with Technicolor brought him onto the Chamber of Commerce’s board. His chairmanship began in April and will last a year — a term he clearly feels is plenty long enough.
“It’s a lot of work, very difficult for a full-time executive to spend more than a year.” Duties include oversight of the Hollywood sign and serving on the committee vetting Walk of Fame nominees.
Barton is now deeply involved in Hudson Pacific’s development of the neighboring Sunset Bronson Studios, including a new 13-story entertainment office building and a 90,000 sq.-ft. production office facility.
Meanwhile, he’s proud of the signal accomplishment of his chamber chairmanship; on June 19, the city gave final approval to a new community plan. Fully 25 years in the making, it’s destined to shape Hollywood’s growth for at least as many more.
“The wheels move very slow,” Barton says, so “when these things happen, it’s a big deal.”
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