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SiriusXM Opens West Coast Studio in WeHo With Howard Stern Broadcast

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HOLLYWOOD — Howard Stern commemorated the official grand opening of SiriusXM Hollywood Studios this week, welcoming some of the biggest superstars in entertainment for news-making interviews, comedy, and live performances.

The new studio is located adjacent to West Hollywood in an eight-story building on the southwest corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street. CIM Group signed a long-term lease with SiriusXM to use 27,000 of the 67,000-square-feet in the building for its west coast programming headquarters.

SiriusXM Hollywood Studios are located in the now completed CIM Group building at Sycamore and Romaine.

A portion of an adjacent CIM building to the south was also leased to be used for a live performance space and broadcast studio for multiple channels and shows. The space will be known as “The Garage,” and has already hosted a private concert by the Dave Matthews Band for SiriusXM subscribers. 

It was Stern’s first West Coast broadcast in almost 20 years kicked off with a star-studded first show including guests Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey, Jr., Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Levine, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Widely-praised as the best interviewer in the business, Stern’s conversation with Aniston revealed whether a Friends reunion is in the works, and his talk with Downey, Jr. touched on his Iron Man legacy and Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel movies.

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and James Valentine also performed their new song “Memories,” a tribute to the band’s manager who recently passed away. 

Subsequent shows featured an uproarious interview with Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg, and a deeply personal 75-minute interview with Demi Moore.

The special week ended with a bang when one the world’s best-selling rock bands, Green Day, performed a fully electric set in the special Howard Stern Studio created for the week at SiriusXM Hollywood. The five-time Grammy-Award winning band performed two of their biggest hits, “American Idiot” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” as well as their newest single, “Father of All…” which is also the title-track from their forthcoming thirteenth studio album. 

“We knew there was only one way to launch SiriusXM Hollywood. It could only have been Howard Stern,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “Howard has never been bigger and brought the excitement, skill, energy, and star power to our new Los Angeles headquarters that put us instantly at the forefront of Hollywood media.”

“New office space that attracts entertainment businesses, such as SiriusXM, is a welcome addition to the area,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu. “It brings good jobs to the district and enhances revenue for the city and local businesses. As the employee base grows it attracts new retailers and restaurants and other amenities to the area, enriching the community for all.”

The building features a sleek, contemporary design, with floor-to-ceiling glass façades. Office space is created on the top three floors to maximize light and views and on a portion of the ground floor, while parking is provided on floors 2-5 along with two subterranean levels. The ground floor also features retail space fronting Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street.

“The addition of SiriusXM to the neighborhood exemplifies the strong appeal of the area to entertainment and media businesses. It provides a walkable environment with a multitude of purveyors of art, food and fashion near desirable residential options and public transportation. These attributes make this a prime location for a modern office building,” noted Shaul Kuba, Cofounder and Principal, CIM Group.

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TikTok Moves into New Gensler-Designed Culver City Offices

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CULVER CITY — TikTok today announced the company is moving into a brand new home… a 120,000-square foot office in Culver City. The move further deepens TikTok’s connection and commitment to the greater Los Angeles area as it continues to grow its U.S. team, including key leaders. 

The new TikTok office spans five floors, which were designed from the ground up to embody TikTok’s fun and joyful personality. Creativity is synonymous with TikTok, so having a space that inspires everyone who walks through the door was a driving force behind the move. The heart of the space is a bright pink staircase that runs through each floor and follows a bespoke mural designed by TikTok’s internal design team.

“Located between the innovative tech companies in Silicon Beach and the streaming content companies at Hayden tract, TikTok truly sits at the intersection of technology and entertainment, physically and figuratively,” said Vanessa Pappas, general manager, TikTok U.S. “While we are a global company, having a permanent office in LA speaks to our commitment to the U.S. market and deepens our bonds with the city, and the talent and companies, that call it home.” 

The new office features a fully open floor plan interspersed with conference rooms, private phone booths, a stadium-style presentation and gathering space, and terraces to support indoor-outdoor work. A TikTok content-creation studio will be completed by the summer of 2020, providing even more opportunities for immersive and entertaining videos from TikTok creators and partners. The office is also dog-friendly, allowing TikTok’s beloved canine creators to visit as well. 

The office was designed in collaboration with global architecture and design firm, Gensler. “The new TikTok LA office is the result of two creative companies out to build a space that was inclusive, collaborative, and fun,” said Chris Mitchell, Design Director, Gensler. “We hope the space gives TikTok’s employees a home to be proud of and a place to inspire more of the entertaining content the app is known for.”

As part of TikTok’s commitment to inspire and encourage a new generation to have a positive impact on the planet, the company selected a LEED Gold-certified building that exceeds California standards. The new office features design and building strategies aimed at energy and water conservation, reducing C02 emissions, and improving indoor environmental quality. 

TikTok continues to be committed to building and growing the app experience for its diverse and growing mix of users, creators, and brands. Last year, the company built out its U.S.-based leadership team with key hires across functions including product, safety, content, music, sales, and operations. TikTok now employs over 400 employees in offices across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and New York. TikTok will also continue to invest in supporting both local and national initiatives relevant to its community.

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A Slightly Unhinged Investigation Into Lisa Vanderpump Conspiracy Theories

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A Slightly Unhinged Investigation Into Lisa Vanderpump Conspiracy Theories

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Vice) — Something is going on over at Lisa Vanderpump’s famed LA restaurants.

In the last week, the star of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, matriarch of the unswervingly-glossy-skinned narcissists on Vanderpump Rules, and business mogul has dealt with a series of unfortunate events befalling her establishments.

The rule of threes suggests that when weird things strike thrice, let alone all in the same place, it probably means something shady is happening—at least if you buy into conspiracy theories. And in the case of anything Vanderpump-related, it’s much more fun if you do. Let’s dive in!

On January 5, a Ferrari crashed into PUMP, her West Hollywood restaurant/bar known for its kind of gross food and ridiculous cocktail names […]

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MedMen Presents ‘New Year, New You’ 2020

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LOS ANGELES (Yahoo Finance) — MedMen Enterprises Inc. has partnered with Los Angeles wellness studios Sweat Yoga, LIT Method, Cycle House, Box Union Robertson and Oraya Movement as part of an enhancement of 2020 community programming.

The goal of the partnership is to discover benefits of wellness and cannabis. MedMen collaborated with Papa and Barkley and Kikoko to provide each studio with samples of their leading cannabis products, as well as including incentives to visit MedMen.

Sweat Yoga, a hot yoga studio with locations in Santa Monica, Playa Vista Westlake Village and Little Tokyo, will partner with MedMen for their Sunday night Yin class at all four of their locations during January and February. Following class, attendees will have the opportunity to sample Positivi-Tea […]

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