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David Ellison in Talks to Buy Santa Monica Post Office Building (Exclusive)

Producer needs more space for growing film, TV activities

David Ellison is in talks to purchase the Santa Monica post office for his Skydance Productions banner.

A rep for Ellison declined to comment. Lee Polster of WestMac, who repped Ellison on the transaction, could not be reached for comment.

The post office, which was opened as part of FDR’s Works Project Administration in 1938, closed in June as business from walk-in customers dwindled.

Skydance currently operates out of an office on the Paramount lot, where Ellison is knee-deep on the fifth installment of Par’s “Mission Impossible” franchise.

In July, Ellison re-upped his co-financing pact with Par through 2018.

The new office space would be an expansion for Skydance, which needs more room to have all its operations under one roof, according to a source close to the company. Skydance just opened a television division run by Marcy Ross and is busy developing a number of projects for Paramount.

Ellison has come on strong as a big producer since founding Skydance in 2006. In addition to “Mission,” Ellison is also in development for a rebooted “Terminator” installment, due out July 1 2015.

Ellison isn’t the first big-budget producer to purchase a post office. Joel Silver has announced plans to extensively overhaul the Venice post office he bought last year.

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