Will Conan O'Brien Boost Burbank's Economy?
In Burbank, a lot of economic hopes are pinned on one funny, irreverent redhead. Comedian Conan O'Brien, ousted from his brief tenure as host of the Tonight Show and fresh from a wildly successful stage show tour, has announced he will film his new late-night show for TBS in Burbank at Warner Bros. Studios.
But it's not just Coco whose new job is in Burbank. His new show "will bring a surge of jobs and economic activity to the area," according to industry experts as reported in the Glendale News-Press.
The opportunities for employment in Burbank as a result of the O'Brien show will be multi-leveled. "Many jobs associated with the show might not last year-round, but will come from entertainment industry firms and independent contractors in Glendale and Burbank who might provide rentals or temporary production work," explained a local entertainment industry businessman, who projected hundreds of jobs will open up for the show.
O'Brien made the move to Los Angeles last year to take over hosting duties in NBC's 11:30 p.m. timeslot from Jay Leno. Rather than use Leno's Burbank studio space, however, The Tonight Show moved to a brand-new facility in Universal City, which later became the scene of a massive rally to "Save Coco" from losing his job.
Now O'Brien is excited about filming at Warner Bros. in Burbank: “I can’t wait to interview the cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ on the same lot where they filmed ‘Casablanca,’” O’Brien said in a statement.