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CNN Center will be sold and closed

CNN is moving operations to Techwood and other facitlies

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Mouseboy33
As I correctly predicted several years ago when Time Warner announced the redevelopment of the Techwood Campus. CNN and AT&T has announced that CNN Center being is sold and they are moving out. The published media articles havent said exactly what will happen with the studios of CNN International and CNN HLN and the domestic newsroom. But it stands to reason that those channels will move in part back to its original home at the Techwood Campus after decades in their famous CNN Center. I would imagine withe London newsroom now open an operational, they will shift more responsibility there. That is reason why London got such an expansive and larger set. This wasnt a fluke. There big money making corporation do things with the bottom line in mind. That set in London was far more expansive and likely more expensive than any set their ever built in the UK for CNN. So its wasnt a mystery why it was what it is. They also mentioned that other operations will move to NYC and to a new development in LA.

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https://www.thewrap.com/warnermedia-selling-cnn-center-keeping-some-operations-in-atlanta/
WarnerMedia leadership told staffers Monday that the CNN Center in Atlanta will be sold, downplaying questions about whether the move signals impending layoffs.

Answering questions on an internal FAQ-style information sheet, WarnerMedia leadership explained why the iconic location in Georgia is being sold, but maintained that WarnerMedia will not be leaving Atlanta altogether: “Our strategy is to consolidate our teams in state-of-the-art hubs to maximize collaboration. This is a strategy we are also implementing at our other primary business locations, most recently at Hudson Yards in New York City and our Ivy Station project [in Culver City, California], currently in development. We believe this creates a more collaborative working environment for our employees.”

“During the pandemic, we have learned a lot about working remotely and we will be looking at space solutions that are more agile for the appropriate teams,” the internal document went on. “Over time, some employees moving from CNN Center will be relocated to our Techwood campus in Midtown Atlanta or our building on Williams Street, near Techwood. We recently undertook extensive renovations to our campus to better foster a culture of innovation, creativity and collaboration, and will continue to invest in Techwood.”

One of the questions leadership responded to was whether the sale signifies impending layoffs.

“While we continue to transform our organization, one of our stated goals was to find efficiencies in how our companies work together to ensure we can focus our investments and optimize our resources. WarnerMedia has a large employee base in Atlanta, and we invest millions to keep and attract talented employees here,” said the document.

In a separate internal note to WarnerMedia staff, chief financial officer Pascal Desroches wrote that the company is still committed to Atlanta.

Further, he wrote, “We recognize the historical relevance of the CNN Center. Ted Turner was a true pioneer who reinvented media when he launched the 24-hour news channel in 1980. WarnerMedia was proud to play a part in solidifying Ted’s legacy last December with the dedication of our Techwood campus to him, the unveiling of a commissioned mural portrait on our campus and a donation to the University of Georgia, in partnership with the Turner Family and Turner Enterprises, that established the Ted Turner Exhibition Hall & Gallery at UGA’s library, the Ted Turner Scholarship Fund and the Ted Turner Maverick internship.”

After a WarnerMedia email told staff that a “very small group” of employees are returning to offices this week, CNN president Jeff Zucker stressed to his company in an email Monday that the move won’t have a major effect on the network’s operations and that cleared, critical workers are still the only ones allowed in the offices. Most CNN employees are not expected to return to their offices until 2021.

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/warnermedia-selling-cnn-center-downtown-atlanta-memo-says/VL5UQFMBIFETXJVZRTIGRJYHOE/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot
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WarnerMedia selling CNN Center in downtown Atlanta
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The CNN Center building in Atlanta, Georgia

Updated: June 29, 2020 - 5:28 PM

ATLANTA — Warner Media is planning to sell the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, according to an internal memo obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

The memo said there had been discussions of selling the building, but those had been put on hold for the Time Warner and AT&T merger.

“Now that we’ve had time to further evaluate, we’ve concluded that the best course of action is to sell the CNN Center,” WarnerMedia told employees in the memo.

The company plans to centralize most employees at its Techwood location, a process that could take several years. WarnerMedia said the decision should not suggest it’s less committed to Atlanta.

“We recognize the historical relevance of the CNN Center. Ted Turner was a true pioneer who reinvented media when he launched the 24-hour news channel in 1980. WarnerMedia was proud to play a part in solidifying Ted’s legacy last December with the dedication of our Techwood campus to him, the unveiling of a commissioned mural portrait on our campus and a donation to the University of Georgia, in partnership with the Turner Family and Turner Enterprises, that established the Ted Turner Exhibition Hall & Gallery at UGA’s library, the Ted Turner Scholarship Fund and the Ted Turner Maverick internship.”


UPDATE: Variety Magazine is report that AT&TMedia will lease back some space at the former CNN Center for 5 years while they slowly move operations to Techwood and other locations.

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headliner101 West Country (West) Points West
Makes sense. Domestic is functionally a New York-based operation whereas CNNI is more London-based anyway. HLN is the biggest user of CNN Centre and even then, it only has up to four hours of live programming.

Here is what the London studio looks like: https://www.newscaststudio.com/2020/02/25/cnn-london-bureau/ . It looks a bit cramped, I must say.

CNN Centre looks pretty much like BBC's TVC in this regard and Techwood is like BBC's Broadcasting House whereby BBC's TV operations needed a new building in the post-war period to sustain a growth in its operations, hence the move to TVC. Then when the management decided it was time to streamline operations, they moved TV division back to Broadcasting House. Same thing with CNN: it was Turner's largest property so it had to be moved to a separate HQ but now it's operations in Atlanta are slim enough for it to be consolidated back in Techwood.
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Mouseboy33
Makes sense. Domestic is functionally a New York-based operation whereas CNNI is more London-based anyway. HLN is the biggest user of CNN Centre and even then, it only has up to four hours of live programming.

Maybe studio wise HLN is the bigger users. But HLN is basically a nothing channel now. Cant see AT&T allowing it to survive much longer in its current state. Its been a disaster zone for a few years now. But the main newsroom for all of CNN operations is still in located in Atlanta. The Techwood Campus houses the offices for several other Turner channels. Such as TBS and TNT and Cartoon Network. There is also still further room on the property if they need to construct another building to house the main newsroom and control rooms/galleries and master control.
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The ingest and the main satellite farm was located Techwood not CNN Center. This was piped down the road to the CNN Center. If you look at sat images of CNN Center, there is barely any sat dishes on their building. They are all mainly at Techwood.

https://www.google.com/maps/search/tnt+hq+techwood+atlanta/@33.7838196,-84.3938011,602m/data=!3m1!1e3

You can see the main building (dubbed Tara on Techwood) that housed the original cramped country club and the original TBS HQ with CNN founded in the basement of this building.
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7830669,-84.3924939,2a,75y,268.57h,85.28t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2XFZPS8zh_FKwzaqcgMlqQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Original set from launch in the basement at Techwood.
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This is the new west coast building in LA (Culver City) that will house the AT&T westcoast operations for the Turner channels (TBS, TNT, Etc.) as well as the new home for HBO and CNN LA Bureau. So it will be leaving its West Coast Tower that had the CNN Logo at the top.
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HBO has agreed to lease a five-story office building under construction on Venice Boulevard in Culver City as the premium cable network cements plans to abandon its longtime corporate offices in Santa Monica.

HBO’s new home — beginning in 2021 — will be part of the Ivy Station mixed-use development, a $350-million project that will include apartments, restaurants and shops. The site is adjacent to the Culver City station of the Metro Expo Line.

The developers on Wednesday announced that HBO, which was recently scooped up by AT&T Inc., would occupy all 240,000 square feet of office space in the complex. The cable network has been based at Colorado Center in Santa Monica since 2004.

Once-sleepy Culver City, the longtime home to Sony Pictures Entertainment, has been enjoying a cultural renaissance as Amazon Studios and numerous advertising and digital media shops have leased there.
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Last year, Amazon Studios moved into historic Culver Studios, and later decided to lease 75,000 square feet of office space at the new Culver Steps development across the street. Trendy restaurants also have moved into the neighborhood.

The Ivy Station development, scheduled to be completed next year, is bounded by Venice, National and Washington boulevards, with most of the complex in Culver City and a small part in the city of Los Angeles.

Tom Wulf, executive vice president of Lowe, one of the developers, said Ivy Station was attractive to HBO because it has easy access to public transit, lodging, shops and restaurants.

“HBO is an ideal business anchor,” he said in a statement.

The development team also includes Aecom-Canyon Partners and Rockwood Capital.

HBO had been hunting for new digs for some time. With its lease in Santa Monica nearing its end, the network initially considered moving into a new Washington Boulevard office building near Culver City’s art gallery district, but Apple Inc. ended up leasing that space instead.

News of the eventual move comes as HBO undergoes a major revamp as its new corporate bosses prepare to launch a streaming service later this year to compete with Apple, Netflix Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Walt Disney Co. The streaming service will showcase programming from HBO and other TV networks, including TBS and TNT, which now are owned by AT&T.

HBO has been directed to expand its programming pipeline just as its signature hit “Game of Thrones” unfurls its final season. The marching orders came from AT&T, the Dallas telecommunications giant that last summer spent $85 billion to acquire Time Warner Inc., which was the parent company of HBO and its sister network Cinemax.

Time Warner also owned CNN, the Turner channels TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies and Burbank-based Warner Bros., which is Hollywood’s largest television and film studio, cranking out such hits as “Batman,” “Wonder Woman,” “Harry Potter” and “The Big Bang Theory.” AT&T renamed the entertainment group WarnerMedia and selected phone company veteran John Stankey to be its chief executive.

Last month, Stankey shook up the corporate suites at several of the media properties, including HBO. Its longtime chairman and chief executive, Richard Plepler, abruptly announced his departure, followed by the former head of Turner, David Levy. Stankey named former NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt to take over HBO and several of the Turner networks.

WarnerMedia Entertainment Chairman Greenblatt will work at the Ivy Station campus alongside the HBO staff. The New York company said Wednesday that it hasn’t finalized all its staffing plans for the new offices in Culver City.

Ivy Station is envisioned as a roughly 500,000-square-foot campus of contemporary-style, mid-rise buildings. It will feature 200 apartments, 50,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space and a 148-room hotel. The brand of the hotel will be identified later, the developers said.

Financial terms of HBO’s 15-year lease were not disclosed, but landlords in the area typically ask for about $4.50 a square foot a month, according to statistics compiled by real estate brokerage CBRE.

Lowe expects the complex to be a busy way station on the Expo Line, which arrived in Culver City in 2012 and now carries more than 60,000 riders each weekday, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The complex will have 1,500 underground parking spaces, 300 of which will be dedicated for use by Metro passengers.

The station is also served by multiple bus lines, and there will be a bike-sharing outpost and a staffed, enclosed bicycle station where nearly 400 cyclists at a time can safely park their two-wheelers or have a bike mechanic repair them.

The name “Ivy Station” is one of the oldest relics of Culver City.

An early 20th century map of the Pacific Electric Railway connecting Los Angeles with the coast shows a junction of two lines at Ivy Park, where Culver City now lies. A Mission Revival-style electrical substation was built in 1907 to converted alternating current to direct current for the railway, and it still stands on Venice Boulevard, where it is now used as a theater.


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I’m really excited about this news finally they are getting out of those hideous studios at Atlanta used by CNNi and weekend New Day/Newsroom. Hopefully clickspring will keep some kind of uniform to whatever they construct at the Techwood and Culver City sites.
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headliner101 West Country (West) Points West
I think the Atlanta studios CNNI has been using are quite amazing. I've always been a fan of the 1990s newsroom look of Domestic.
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I think the Atlanta studios CNNI has been using are quite amazing. I've always been a fan of the 1990s newsroom look of Domestic.


Those studios are way too big for the amount of time they are used. They weren't utilised efficiently pre-covid, and now due to social distancing not at all.

The closing shot of of the 9am BST hour of CNNi Newsroom this morning showed the enormity of it and it just looks ridiculous. It was like looking at the enormity and entirety of studio B for a normal bulletin.
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Emily Moore Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I admit I had to look up the "Techwood Campus" - I didn't think cheap off-brand TVs were so popular in Atlanta.
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headliner101 West Country (West) Points West
I think the Atlanta studios CNNI has been using are quite amazing. I've always been a fan of the 1990s newsroom look of Domestic.


Those studios are way too big for the amount of time they are used. They weren't utilised efficiently pre-covid, and now due to social distancing not at all.

The closing shot of of the 9am BST hour of CNNi Newsroom this morning showed the enormity of it and it just looks ridiculous. It was like looking at the enormity and entirety of studio B for a normal bulletin.


Given social distancing requirements, it makes sense to use an oversized studio for the meantime.
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headliner101 West Country (West) Points West
I admit I had to look up the "Techwood Campus" - I didn't think cheap off-brand TVs were so popular in Atlanta.


Like I said, one way to think about Techwood is it's like BBC's Broadcasting House. Just like pre-2010s Broadcasting House which housed the BBC's radio services, Techwood was home to Turner's oldest multimedia properties. CNN Centre is like TVC.

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