About Sunset Gower Studios

About Us, Is All About You.

When we say that our focus is on you—we mean it.

Sunset Gower Studios’ commitment will always be to promote the ultimate creative environment—one that fosters inspiration, collaboration and success.

There’s a reason why the client-focused staff at Sunset Gower Studios thrives on taking care of the details: So you can fully concentrate on creativity, productivity and ingenuity.

Sunset Gower Studios’ celebrated history includes being home to many of television’s most successful shows and award-winning movies. Today, we bring together a diverse and unique mix of innovative creative companies and content creators in an independent, boutique studio environment.

At Sunset Gower, you can take advantage of numerous modern amenities and sophisticated digital technologies in order to pursue aspirations and ensure a competitive edge.

What’s more, we offer a service platform that is unequaled in value. All clients enjoy the same personalized level of service from our attentive team, providing unsurpassed, concierge-style support while understanding the need for flexibility, so your production can thrive.

It’s all together here in one, legendary Hollywood environment…expressly for you.

Everything You Need.
All of What You Want.

Sunset Gower Studios is a 16-acre creative media production campus located in the heart of Hollywood. Our lot includes 12 sound stage facilities as well as 368,000 square feet of office and support space for productions of all shapes and sizes. We also offer full-service, personalized production services.

From remodeled creative offices and updated landscaping to 24-hour private security, ample onsite parking and a modern technology infrastructure, Hudson Pacific Properties has made significant renovations across the studio lot. Clients enjoy numerous amenities including celebrity chef, Helen Cavalo’s Food & Bounty commissary, a dog friendly work environment, appreciation events to meet and mingle with fellow clients, rooftop movie nights, and more!

You never have to leave — it’s all right here.

We’ve Made History.
Now it's Your Turn.

Jack CohnHarry CohnJoe Brandt

1918

The creative minds of Jack Cohn, Harry Cohn and Joe Brandt joined forces to start their very own production company — CBC (Cohn Brandt and Cohn).

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Harry Cohn and Frank CapraColumbia Beachwood Drive 1956

1922

It wasn’t until 1922, with the release of the CBC-produced film More to Be Pitied than Scorned that they started earning respect as a production company in Hollywood. Once Harry Cohn enticed Frank Capra to the lot, CBC began producing critically acclaimed films.

1932

As CBC’s fame and success rose, so did the tensions between the three businessmen. In 1932, troubled by Harry Cohn’s business and work ethics, Joe Brandt sold his shares and left the company. Soon after, Jack Cohn did the same, leaving CBC in the full care of his brother, Harry Cohn.

Academy Awards 1934Columbia Studio lot 1937

1938–1970

Once in control of CBC, Harry Cohn renamed the company Columbia Pictures Corporation. What truly solidified Columbia Pictures as a respectable and high-end production company was the production and release of the Capra film It Happened One Night in 1934. It swept the Academy Awards® that year and was the first film in history awarded “the Big Five” (all five major Academy Awards®). In addition to producing groundbreaking films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Lady from Shanghai and Gidget, it was the contracting of major stars such as Rita Haworth, Spencer Tracy and others that contributed to Columbia’s relatively new positive reputation.

For Harry Cohn’s death in 1958, Columbia Pictures hosted a funeral across multiple stages on the lot. His funeral is still known to be the most attended funeral in Hollywood history. Despite the incredible success achieved at Columbia Pictures by Harry Cohn, his legacy was left unattended after his passing, and the company experienced a financial and production lull during the 1960s and 1970s.

1972

In 1972, Columbia Pictures left Gower Street and moved to the San Fernando Valley where they shared Burbank Studios with Warner Brothers. Pick Vanoff Company purchased the remaining studios on Gower and renamed the property Sunset Gower Studios, thereby transforming the lot into an independent production facility.

From there, Sunset Gower Studios became the home to many successful sitcom shows of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In the 1970s, popular shows such as The Flying Nun, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie were filmed on the lot and paved the way for future productions. Fan favorite shows such as Saved by the Bell, The Golden Girls, The Newlywed Game and Who’s the Boss? were filmed at the studios in the 1980s, with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Full House following in the 1990s.

Married With ChidrenThe Golden Girls Emmy winners
Victor ColemanTechnicolor building

2007

In 2007, Sunset Gower was purchased by Victor Coleman and the team at Hudson Capital (later known as Hudson Pacific Properties) from GI Partners, who had owned the property since 2004. A year later, Hudson Pacific Properties completed construction of a state-of-the-art, six-story building for Technicolor, marking the first new building on a Hollywood lot since the 1970s.

In addition to the acquisition of Sunset Gower, Hudson Pacific Properties acquired Tribune Studios and renamed it Sunset Bronson Studios, creating an independent, production powerhouse right in the heart of Hollywood. Collectively, Sunset Studios includes Sunset Gower, Sunset Bronson and Sunset Las Palmas Studios and comprises a total of 35 stages and 1.2 million square feet of office and production space on 41 acres.

Since that time, Sunset Gower has been home to groundbreaking entertainment such as Heroes, Dexter and Newsroom. Current award-winning productions include Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

2013

In 2013, Hudson Pacific Properties acquired Oceanway Recording Studios, returning the facility to its original name, United Recording, and incorporating it into the Sunset Gower Studios lot. United Recording’s history is equally star-crossed, with clientele including classic artists like Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra and Ray Charles, stereotype disrupters like Liza Minelli, Michael Jackson and Madonna, and contemporary favorites like John Mayer, Mary J. Blige and Snow Patrol.

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Our Team

  • bill humphrey

    bill humphrey

    SVP
    Sunset Studios

  • tammy mcCann

    tammy mcCann

    director of operations

  • diana quintero

    diana quintero

    operations manager

  • robert tillis

    robert tillis

    facilities manager

  • ron herschberger

    ron herschberger

    construction manager

  • ane weathersby

    ane weathersby

    manager, finance & strategic analysis

  • peyton nealis

    peyton nealis

    Assistant Manager, Marketing & Project Management
    Sunset Studios

  • lonnie parkinson

    lonnie parkinson

    paint and maintenance supervisor

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Operations

IT

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About Hudson
Pacific Properties

Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP) is a vertically-integrated real estate company focused on acquiring, repositioning, developing and operating high-quality office and state-of-the-art media and entertainment properties in select West Coast markets. HPP invests across the risk-return spectrum, favoring opportunities where it can employ leasing, capital investment and management expertise to create additional value. Founded in 2006 as Hudson Capital, the company went public in 2010, electing to be taxed as a real estate investment trust.

Through the years, HPP has strategically assembled a portfolio in high-growth, high-barrier-to-entry submarkets throughout Northern and Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. The company is a leading provider of design-forward, next-generation workspaces for a variety of tenants, with a focus on Fortune 500 and industry-leading growth companies, many in the technology, media and entertainment sectors. As a long-term owner, HPP prioritizes tenant satisfaction and retention, providing highly-customized build-outs and working proactively to accommodate tenants’ growth. HPP trades as a component of the Russell 2000® and the Russell 3000® indices.