Amazon’s L.A. entertainment groups are moving into the iconic Culver Studios, a site steeped in Hollywood history.
Amazon Studios, IMDb, Amazon Video and Amazon’s worldwide advertising group will occupy more than 280,000 square feet at the site, including the Culver Studios Mansion and Bungalows, in Culver City, Calif. The company currently employs more than 700 people in Santa Monica, and Amazon said it will begin occupying the new office space at the end of this year.
The move comes as Amazon Studios has been in turmoil following the departure of studio head Roy Price two weeks ago amid sexual-harassment allegations. That was followed by the exit of Joe Lewis, head of original programming, and head of unscripted programming Conrad Riggs. Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng, a former digital exec at Disney-ABC, is now acting head of the group.
“We are very excited about being a part of 100 years of movie and TV history at the Culver Studios,” Cheng said in a statement. “Most importantly, this new L.A.-based office will give us the much needed space for our team to work and grow so we can keep bringing Prime Members the very best in series and movies.”
The Culver Studios has been home over the years to legendary producers, including David O. Selznick and Cecil B. DeMille. The lot’s central mansion — with its distinctive colonial-style columns — was featured in Selznick’s “Gone With the Wind” and other movies. Culver Studios was originally developed by silent-movie pioneer Thomas H. Ince in 1918, and has been home to some of Hollywood’s most famous films including “A Star Is Born,” ‘”Rocky,” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and TV shows including “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Lassie,” and “Batman.”
Culver Studios is currently owned by an affiliate of Hackman Capital Partners. Amazon’s new office will be located at 9336 West Washington Blvd. in Culver City, Calif.
Apple was reportedly looking at leasing space at the Culver Studios, according to an FT report last month citing anonymous sources.