NBC Hiring: 43,000 Hollywood Dreams Could Come True

nbcWhen I get an information packet in the mail that says up to 43,000 new entertainment industry-oriented jobs are about to be created, I sit up and take notice. It's all supposed to happen practically in my backyard, Universal City, California, thanks to NBC Universal. It takes away a bit of the sting from the recent announcement of up to 1,000 layoffs that the City of Los Angeles could potentially have up its sleeve.

According to information sent out to local residents shortly after President Obama announced his jobs bill, the NBC Universal Evolution Plan will provide 31,000 new jobs during the construction period and an additional 12,00 new, ongoing full and part time jobs in the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding county. The plan includes the construction of 2,900 lofts, town homes, apartments and condominiums on 124 acres, with 35 of those acres being devoted to open space. And it promises to make Universal Studios the largest working studio in the world by updating production facilities with new high-tech sound stages, outdoor sets, modern office space and new post production facilities.

And get this: it's not supposed to cost us tax payers a thing. In fact, developers claim it will increase our city and state tax base by about $26 million.

"But what about the impact on the environment?" many locals ask. Well, the NBC Universal plan calls for an investment of $100 million to accelerate local and regional transit improvements and to work with Caltrans to improve speeds and traffic along that nasty five mile stretch of the 101 where the project is located. In the complex itself, there will be shuttles, flex cars, bikes and foot traffic to work. They promise a comprehensive recycling program, reclaimed water usage, plus smart design that involves the latest in wise energy and environmental practices.

Of course, this is not a done deal yet. There are still to be public hearings. And there is no mention of how the recent acquisition of of NBC Universal by Comcast will affect these plans, which were obviously designed well before the merger was ever conceived. On the NBC Universal Evolution site it says, "as we are very early in the review and approval process, it will be at least two years before any project-related employment opportunities are available. This is true for both direct hiring and vendor contracting opportunities. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit nbcunicareers.com to learn about current openings at NBC Universal." So it's probably not a good idea to pack up and move to California just yet.

And if you do get a job there, there's no telling exactly how long it will last. The website also states, "the NBC Universal Evolution Plan is a long-term blueprint for the success of NBC Universal and will be developed in stages based on business needs and market conditions. The project is at the beginning stage of a comprehensive environmental and public review process, which will include public hearings by the City and County of Los Angeles."

Still, there's room for hope. With public sentiment in favor of anything that creates new job opportunities, I expect the public review and approval process to be fast tracked. With any luck, thousands more workers will be kicking back on Sundays, sipping fresh-squeezed orange juice and enjoying the California sunshine within the next year or so. Hopefully that's not just a Hollywood pipe dream.

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Bob

It's NBC people.......... That stands for Nothing But Crap. Good luck on getting the jobs and keeping them.

February 08 2010 at 6:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brianjconway

Oops. Don't know what happened there. Last sentence of my above post is supposed to say Fox viewership is double that of CNN MSNBC. Liberals, you may disregard. I'm sure you didn't notice the error anyway. May NBC end up on the scrap heap of history, along with Air America.

February 08 2010 at 6:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brianjconway

NBC is on their rear end with plunging ratings and falling advertising revenue. I wouldn't put much faith in this miserable liberal mouthpiece for Obama. Their stepchild on cable, MSNBC, is going down the tubes also. Fox viewership is odunle that of CNN and MSNBC combined. Take it for what it's worth.

February 08 2010 at 6:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
phil

NBC has a total of 5 viewers between MSNBC and NBC. California has a budget deficit of 500+ billion dollars and they are going to hand out 43,000 jobs. Yeah, right. I guess if the
USA pays for it, via Obama (One Bad Ass Mistake America) and Nancy it could happen. Only problem is, they have to complete it by November 2010.

February 08 2010 at 6:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gert Hoffman

Is NBC, and MSNBC so IN BED with this crap administration, that it will shill for it everyday with kiss ass crap, like JOBS! You scummy little Orthodax, Money grubers, will do anything to kill Republicans. I am so glad I am part of a machine to fight this administration, and its LIES! GOD BLESS FOX NEWS CHANNEL. THE ONLY HONEST TV CHANNEL IN THE USA. YOU ALL STINK, AND YOU ALL LIE! THERE ARE NO JOBS. COME HERE TO LOS ANGELES WHERE ALL OF MY FRIEND HAVE BEEN LAID OFF SINCE OBAMA HAS TAKEN OFFICE WITH HIS RE DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH. YOU ARE ALL SOCIALIST TRAITORS, WHO HAVE 9 MONTHS, BEFORE YOU ARE ALL STARTING TO GET FIRED IN JUNE, AND NOVEMBER. PAY BACK IS A BITCH.


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February 08 2010 at 6:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spike

Does anything ever make anyone happy anymore? What if there are only 10,000 jobs? What if they are only temporary - for a couple of years it will buy folks time to find something better and keep a roof over their heads when they look. Why are most of the comments written negative, bitter and nasty? What is wrong with Americans today?

February 08 2010 at 6:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RW Kent

In this economy even a little will help. However it is obivious that NBC is a state run media. And anything they can trrow in the ring to keep the ringleader dancing is a perk. So you go NBC. Give your little part to the comapany. Of In the futrue we will, but not now. Kind of like getting a Noble Peace Prize when you did nothing to deserve it. The letters should be NBS TV, Not NBC TV. Vote out the Health Care Dems in 2012. And lets take back America.

February 08 2010 at 5:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jom

Hey Pat, I beleive what Bob (#5) is saying here is that most construction jobs are temporary (which the article states) and when they end what do the workers do then. Unless and until we get our manufactoring jobs back home our economy is going to continue downward. We cannot continue to keep outsourcing our products to be made in third world countries and expect to keep people here employed. The theory was that we would become a nation of high tech positions, yet we see these jobs (technical support) eroding away to India and other countries, I have had even job recruitors send me info about jobs here in the states and they are from India. I see this as a start, not only will it employ constuction workers from the Los Angeles area but also the surrounding areas.

February 08 2010 at 4:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
irogerk

Thanks Lisa, After moving, I will stay in the Midwest.
Always wished to be model maker though..

February 08 2010 at 3:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jom

Looks like most will be construction jobs, hopefully they will screen for legal workers (union or not). If Universal has long term plans, this would be good, even the permanet jobs sounds good. I left California in 1998 because finding a good decent paying job was next to impossible, one company had offered my sister a part time job at low wages, I told her to leave California and she has had a good decent paying job since she left. With Californias high state income tax and sales tax, I don't know why people stay or even go there. Best of luck to those who do stay.

February 08 2010 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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