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NBC Studios was also a previous name for NBC's production division, which is now Universal Media Studios, formerly NBC Universal Television Studio.

NBC Studios are the two television studio facilities belonging to the National Broadcasting Company, with one of them being located inside the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in New York City, and the other located in Burbank, California, just outside of Los Angeles.

A third NBC production facility, the NBC Tower, is located in Chicago, Illinois. There is also a secondary one that serves as a relief for the New York studios in Marblehead, Massachusetts. NBC Studios was also the name of the network's production arm (previously NBC Productions), before it was incorporated into the television operations of Universal Pictures, forming the NBC Universal Television Studio, now known as Universal Media Studios.

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The New York Studios

30 Rockefeller Center, also known as the GE Building, is the world headquarters of NBC.
Ground-level entrance to same building

Located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (on 49th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues) in Manhattan, the historic GE Building houses the headquarters of the NBC television network, its parent General Electric, and NBC's flagship station WNBC (Channel 4), as well as cable news channel MSNBC.

When NBC Universal relocated, 24 hour cable network MSNBC joined the network in New York on that day as well. The new studios/headquarters for NBC News and MSNBC are located in one area.

The first NBC Radio City Studios began operating in the early 1930s, and tours of the studios began in 1933. NBC offers guided tours of their New York studios at a cost to tourists.[1]

Because of the preponderance of radio studios, that section of the Rockefeller Center complex became known as Radio City (and gave its name to Radio City Music Hall, a gigantic and renowned venue for theatre and films located in Radio City). Even into the present decade, tickets for shows based at 30 Rock bear the legend "Radio City."

Shows recorded

Among the shows originating at 30 Rockefeller Plaza:

Program Network/Station Years Taped Studio
30 Rock (exterior scenes) NBC 2006–present various
Call My Bluff NBC 1965 6-A
The Caroline Rhea Show Syndication 2002–2003 8-G
Concentration NBC 1958–1973 8-G
Countdown with Keith Olbermann MSNBC 2007–present 1-A
Dateline NBC NBC 1992–present 1-A
The Doctors NBC 1963–1982 6-C
Dough Re Mi NBC 1958–1960 6-A
Dr. Nancy MSNBC 2009–present 3-A
The Dr. Oz Show Syndication 2009–present 6-A
Early Today NBC 1999–present
The Ed Show MSNBC 2009–present 3-A
Football Night in America NBC 2006–present 8-G
He Said, She Said Syndication 1968
House Party with Steve Doocy Syndication 1990 6-C
How to Survive a Marriage NBC 1974–1975 6-C
Huntley-Brinkley Report NBC 1956–1970 6-B
Jackpot NBC 1974–1975 8-G
Jeopardy! NBC 1964–1975 8-G
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC 2002–2005 8-G
Late Night with Conan O'Brien NBC 1993–2009 6-A
Late Night with David Letterman NBC 1982–1993 6-A
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC 2009–present 6-B
Live at Five WNBC 1980–2007 6-B
The Match Game NBC 1962–1969 8-G
Memory Game NBC 1971 6-A
Missing Links NBC 1963–1964 6-A
Morning Joe MSNBC 2007–present 3-A
Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan MSNBC 2009 3-A
MSNBC Live MSNBC 2007–present 3-A
NBC News at Sunrise NBC 1983–1999
NBC Nightly News NBC 1970–present 3-C
NBC Sports studio shows NBC 1947–present
News 4 New York WNBC 1941–present 7-E, 6-B
PDQ (New York shows) Syndication 1965–1969 8-G
Personality NBC 1967–1969 6-A
The Phil Donahue Show Syndication 1985–1996 8-G
Play Your Hunch NBC 1959–1963 6-B
Reach for the Stars NBC 1967 6-A
The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC 2008–present 3-A
The Rosie O'Donnell Show Syndication 1996–2002 8-G
Sale of the Century NBC, Syndication 1969–1974 8-G
Saturday Night Live NBC 1975–present 8-H
Say When!! NBC 1961–1965 6-A
Shoot For the Stars NBC 1977 6-A
Somerset NBC 1970–1976 6-C
Split Personality NBC 1959–1960 6-A
Texas NBC 1980–1982 6-C
Tic-Tac-Dough NBC 1956–1959 8-G
Today NBC 1952–present 1-A
To Tell the Truth Syndication 1971–1978; 1980–1981 8-G, 8-H, 6-A
The Tonight Show
(Jack Paar and Johnny Carson)
NBC 1957–1972 6-B
Treasure Hunt NBC 1957–1959 8-G
Twenty One NBC 1956–1958 8-G
What's My Line? Syndication 1971–1975 6-A
The Who, What, or Where Game NBC 1969–1974 6-A, 8-H
Verdict with Dan Abrams MSNBC 2007–2008 3-A
Way Too Early with Willie Geist MSNBC 2009–Present 3A
Word for Word NBC 1963–1964 6-A
You're Putting Me On NBC 1969 6-A

Other locations

Some other New York originated programs are/were produced elsewhere in New York City, including:

  • Colonial Theater, 1887 Broadway at 62nd Street (original version of The Price is Right hosted by Bill Cullen, 1953–1963; Colgate Comedy Hour) Demolished 1977.
  • Hudson Theater, 141 W. 44th Street (Tonight hosted by Steve Allen, 1954–1957).
  • Ziegfeld Theatre, 141 W. 54th Street at Sixth Avenue (The Perry Como Show, Concentration primetime 1961)). Demolished 1966.
  • 67th Street Studios, 101 W. 67th Street (the Home show with Arlene Francis 1954-1957, Concentration primetime 1958), demolished 1995. The site is now 50-story Millennium Tower apartment building.
  • Century Theater, 232 Seventh Avenue at 59th Street (Caesar's Hour with Sid Caesar, 1954–1957).
  • Brooklyn Studios* (now JC Studios), 1268 E. 14th Street in Midwood, Brooklyn (many 1950s color "Spectaculars" such as The Esther Williams Aqua Special,Peter Pan; it is also where The Perry Como Show (1960's), Mitch Miller Show (1960's), The Sammy Davis Jr. Show (1960s), Hullabaloo (1965–1966), Kraft Music Hall, The Cosby Show, and Another World were produced. It is the current home of CBS's soap opera As the World Turns).
  • International Theater, 5 Columbus Circle (Admiral Broadway Review 1949). Demolished 1954.
  • Ambassador Theater, 215 W. 49th Street. Now a theatre presenting Broadway shows.
  • Center Theater, 1236 Sixth Avenue at 49th Street (Texaco Star Theater with Milton Berle; Your Show of Shows, 1950–1954). Demolished 1954.
  • Uptown Studios (now Metropolis Studios), 105 E. 106th Street at Park Avenue.
  • NBC Universal Network Organization Center, Sylvan Avenue U.S. 9W in Englewood Cliffs ,New Jersey (home of CNBC and CNBC World)
  • New Amsterdam Roof Theater, 214 W. 42nd Street.
  • WNBC-TV's LX: NY is produced in nearby 75 Rockefeller Plaza. The Studio (Studio 51) may get it's number assignment from the street address of 75 Rockefeller Plaza, 15 W. 51st Street.
*Equipped for color production.

Most of these facilities are no longer used by NBC.

The Burbank Studios

NBC's West Coast production center is located at 3000 West Alameda Avenue in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank, just a few miles northeast of the Hollywood area.

Although the first phase of this project was completed in September 1952 and a few black-and-white programs were broadcast from there for two and a half years, the facility was officially dedicated on March 27, 1955. It was known back then as NBC Color City, since a recently-completed studio at the complex is said to be the first TV studio equipped exclusively for color broadcasting.

A next full phase of the project was finished in November 1962, which accommodated the move of the network's Los Angeles station, on Channel 4, from Hollywood to Burbank. Channel 4 changed its call letters from KRCA to KNBC upon the move.

In fact, it was the first major color television studio in the country to be built from the ground up. Today, besides being home to NBC's west coast flagship station KNBC, it also houses the network's West Coast broadcast operations, its Los Angeles news bureau, as well as the Telemundo network's local owned & operated station, KVEA (Channel 52), and Spanish independent station KWHY (Channel 22).

The studios of Warner Bros. and The Walt Disney Company (includes rival network ABC) are located nearby in the same neighborhood.

This studio facility was responsible for producing some of the best remembered game and variety shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, including The Tonight Show from 1972, when Johnny Carson moved the show to California from New York, until 2009, when Jay Leno handed hosting duties to Conan O'Brien. NBC Studios rivals CBS Television City as the premier television production facility on the West Coast.[citation needed]

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Move to Universal City

In mid-October 2007, the network announced that it intends to move most of its operations by 2011 from Burbank to a new complex across the street from Universal Studios in Universal City [2]. It would retain an office presence at the current Burbank site, though most of the studio complex will be sold. The park and ride lot for the Metro Red Line Universal City Station currently occupies the future site of NBC West Coast.

In preparation for the move The Ellen DeGeneres Show moved nearby to the Warner Brothers Studios in 2008, and when Conan O'Brien took over hosting, The Tonight Show moved to an all-digital studio in the Universal Studios Backlot in 2009. The Jay Leno Show continued to broadcast from the NBC Burbank studios as Leno's Tonight Show had, though moving from studio 3 to 11. Upon resuming the Tonight Show on March 1, 2010, Leno will remain in studio 11.[3]

Program history

Today, the studio houses Last Call with Carson Daly, Days of our Lives, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno , and Access Hollywood. Programs produced here over the years include:

Program Network/Station Years Taped Studio
Access Hollywood Syndication 1996–present 5, 1
The All-New Jeopardy! NBC 1978–1979 3
All Star Secrets NBC 1979
Amen NBC 1986–1991
An Evening with Fred Astaire
(TV special)
NBC 1958
Baffle NBC 1973–1974
Battlestars NBC 1981–1982; 1983 3
Blank Check NBC 1975
Blockbusters NBC 1980–1982; 1987 1, 2, 3, 4
Bullseye Syndication 1980
Card Sharks NBC 1978–1981 3, 4
Celebrity Sweepstakes NBC, Syndication 1974–1977
Chain Letter NBC 1966
Chain Reaction NBC 1980 2, 4
Channel 4 News KNBC 1962–present 5"N",10
Chico and the Man NBC 1974–1978
Classic Concentration NBC 1987–1991 3
C.P.O. Sharkey NBC 1976–1978 3
Days of our Lives NBC 1965–present 9
The Dean Martin Show NBC 1965–1974
Dream House NBC 1983–1984
Designing Women CBS 1986–1987
The Don Rickles Show NBC 1968–1969
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Syndication 2003–2008 11
Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special
(TV special)
NBC 1968
The Facts of Life NBC 1987–1988
Family Feud Syndication 2000–2003
Fight Back! with David Horowitz Syndication 1980–1992 5"P"
The Flip Wilson Show NBC 1970-1974
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music
(TV special)
NBC 1965
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air NBC 1993–1996 11
Generations NBC 1989–1991
Go NBC 1983–1984 2
The Gong Show NBC, Syndication 1976–1979
High Rollers NBC 1974–1976; 1978–1980
Hit Man NBC 1983
Hollywood Squares NBC, Syndication 1966–1980; 1986 3
Hot Potato NBC 1984 2
In the House NBC, UPN 1995–1999
I'll Bet NBC 1965
It Could Be You NBC 1956–1961
It Pays to Be Ignorant Syndication 1973–1974
It Takes Two NBC 1969–1970
It's Anybody's Guess NBC 1977
It's Your Bet Syndication 1969–1973
The Jay Leno Show NBC 2009–2010 11
The John Davidson Show Syndication 1980–1981
Just Men NBC 1983
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC 2005–present
Let's Make a Deal NBC, Syndication 1963–1968
Letters to Laugh-In NBC 1969
Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour NBC 1983–1984
Mindreaders NBC 1979–1980
The Midnight Special NBC 1972–1983 4
The Nat King Cole Show NBC 1956–1957
PDQ Syndication 1965–1969
Passions NBC, DirecTV 101 Network 1999-2008
Password Plus NBC 1979–1982 1, 2, 3, 4
People Are Funny NBC 1956–1961; 1984
People Will Talk NBC 1963
Punky Brewster NBC, Syndication 1984–1988 11
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In NBC 1968–1973
Sale of the Century NBC, Syndication 1983–1989 3
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show NBC 1966
Sanford and Son NBC 1972–1977 3
Santa Barbara NBC 1984–1993
Saved by the Bell NBC 1989–1993
Saved by the Bell: The New Class NBC 1993–2000
Scrabble NBC 1984–1990; 1993
Sonny With a Chance Disney Channel 2009–present 11
Super Password NBC 1984–1989 4
Supermarket Sweep Pax TV 2000–2004
Time Machine NBC 1985
To Say the Least NBC 1977–1978
To Tell The Truth NBC, Syndication 1990–1991; 2000–2002
The Tonight Show
(Johnny Carson and Jay Leno)
NBC 1972-2009; 2010–present 1, 3, 11
Three for the Money NBC 1975
This is Your Life NBC 1958–1961
Truth or Consequences NBC 1960–1965
Tomorrow NBC 1973–1974; 1977–1979 1
Twenty One NBC 2000 1
The Weakest Link NBC, Syndication 2001-03 1
Welcome Back, Kotter ABC 1975-76
What's This Song? NBC 1964–1965
Wheel of Fortune NBC, Syndication 1975–1989 4
Wordplay NBC 1986–1987 4
You Bet Your Life/The Groucho Show NBC 1960–1961
You Don't Say! NBC 1963–1969
Your Number's Up NBC 1985 2

It is one of the few television-specific studio facilities in Hollywood that offers tours to the general public.

NBC Tower

NBC Tower in Chicago, Illinois

The network's Chicago-based studio center is located at 454 North Columbus Drive (455 North Cityfront Plaza is also used as a vanity address for the building) in downtown Chicago's Magnificent Mile area. This building opened in 1989, after the network moved its offices and its owned and operated station, WMAQ-TV (Channel 5) from the 20th floor of the Merchandise Mart, where it had been based since 1930.

WMAQ and NBC are the primary tenants of this building, along with Telemundo's Chicago-based owned & operated station WSNS (Channel 44), but there are other companies that conduct business here, including CBS Radio's WSCR-AM (670), which was WMAQ's sister station as WMAQ-AM (which had also been in the Tower from 1990-2000 before their conversion to WSCR; WSCR moved to the Tower and WMAQ's former studios in 2004).

In addition to housing these entities, the studios were/are home to the following shows:

References

  1. ^ NBC Tour: NBC Studio Tour - Official NBC Universal Store
  2. ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117973843.html?categoryid=14&cs=1
  3. ^ [1]

Coordinates: 34°09′15″N 118°20′01″W / 34.15408°N 118.33348°W / 34.15408; -118.33348


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