The Church of Scientology announced that it has acquired the historic KCET studio lot in Hollywood. The five acre studio includes two sound stages, extensive postproduction resources and state-of-the-art TV, satellite and Internet broadcasting capabilities.
As one of the largest independent public television stations in the U.S., the facility gives the Church a turnkey setup to move into broadcasting and expand its production of religious videos.
A press release from the Church explained that: “It is also ideally set up to establish a central media hub for our network of Churches around the world. Utilizing the studio’s existing satellite uplink, we will be able to provide our Churches and affiliated groups globally with instantaneous access to a wealth of content, all in high definition, ranging from the Church’s six annual international events to new educational and introductory films and even video updates for the public informational displays located in Churches around the world.”
Established in 1912, the KCET studio lot is the longest continuously running Hollywood studio. “With a decades-long tradition of historical property preservation, especially in Hollywood, the Church intends to not only maintain but enhance the rich history of this venerable studio by fully and meticulously restoring the property’s remarkable historical structures,” said the release.
The Church reported that its existing studio – Golden Era Productions – located on 500 acres outside of Los Angeles with multiple sound stages, postproduction editing suites, numerous music and final mixdown studios and on-site film lab – will continue to produce informational and educational films, while the new studio will concentrate on the production of television programs, short-form information films and Internet content to further Scientology’s religious and charitable purposes.
The Church also runs a nearby recording studio in Silver Lake.
KCET will remain at its current location for up to a year before moving into new facilities.