Emerson College Unveils $85 Million Hollywood Campus: 'A Work of Art'

Courtesy of Emerson College

The Boston college opens a new landmark building on Sunset Boulevard.

Emerson College Los Angeles kicked off a week-long celebration of its new $85 million Hollywood campus at 5960 West Sunset Blvd. with a grand opening gala March 8, attended by guests including Tom Bergeron, Norman Lear, Max Mutchnick, Joely Fisher, Larry David, Jennifer Coolidge and Eric Garcetti, who said the school "will give graduates the skills they need to build exciting careers and keep our entertainment jobs in Los Angeles." Says Emerson L.A. founding director Kevin Bright, the Emmy-winning executive producer of Friends, "We were in a rental building out in Burbank -- now we've almost doubled our capacity and can take up to 200 students." Bright graduated from Emerson's Boston main campus in 1976; the L.A. program was launched 27 years ago.

Emerson was No. 8 on THR's 2013 list of America's best film schools. Its students also study and do internships in TV, music, media and marketing. Bright is glad the board declined two other architects' proposals and went with the 10-story, 100,000-plus-square-foot design by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne. "I told them, 'You have to decide if you want a square building that's innocuous or a work of art. Thom Mayne is gonna build a work of art.' Now our 4,000 alumni in California have a place to invest in and take part in."

Emerson offers free building tours March 10-14 at noon, 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and March 15 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The other grand opening events are:

Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.: Thom Mayne: Emerson L.A. From Concept to Completion

Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Fast, Cheap and Determined to Make It: Short Films by Alumni With Q&A

Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.: The Business of Being Funny: Emersonians Talk Comedy
Kevin Bright, '76, moderator
Tess Rafferty, '97, writer, @Midnight on Comedy Central; author, Recipes for Disaster: A Memoir
Noah Garfinkel, '06, writer, Workaholics and Kroll Show on Comedy Central
Dan Levy, '02, comedian, Dan Levy Show; writer, Mulaney on Fox
Adam Ginivisian, '07, agent, ICM
Chris "Romanski" Romano, creator, Blue Mountain State on Spike TV; actor, How I Met Your Mother
Eric Falconer, co-executive producer, How I Met Your Mother

Friday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.: Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Screens 4K Microdocumentaries by Oscar-Winning Jeff Consiglio

Saturday, March 15, 11 a.m.: Evolution of TV in a Digital World: The Third Golden Age?
Dan Cohen, executive vp pay TV and digital, Disney ABC Television Group
Alex Carloss, head of entertainment, YouTube
Erik Flannigan, executive vp multiplatform strategy and development, Viacom Entertainment Group
Sean Carey, vp content acquisitions, Netflix
Michael Thornton, chief revenue officer, Starz
Chris Williams, chief audience officer, Maker Studios
Chris Jericho, WWE superstar, podcaster, web series star