Sony Pictures Animation on the move, Echo Park fence going bye-bye, and more

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February 2, 2023

After 25 years in Culver City, Sony Pictures Animation is on the move.

In an e-mail to staff, Sony Pictures executive vice president of global real estate Craig Schwartz announced that in April 2024, Sony Pictures Animation, Imageworks, and Crunchyroll will relocate to a 225,000-square-foot space at the Wilshire Courtyard complex on the Miracle Mile. The Sony organizations will occupy four floors of the property, with a space that includes a central dining area, a coffee bar, a theater, and outdoor areas.

Rios has been tapped to design the new office, while LPC West will manage the project.

The move follows Sony Pictures Entertainment's acquisition of Crunchyroll, which was relocated into Sony Pictures Animation's current offices within the Culver Studios complex at 9050 Washington Boulevard.

Onni Group, the new landlord for the three SPE firms, is currently pursuing entitlements to redevelop the Wilshire Courtyard with a pair of high-rise buildings which would add more than 1.8 million square feet of offices to the property.

Hackman Capital, the current landlord, has also invested heavily in an expansion of the Culver Studios campus, which is now home to Amazon Studios and associated entities.

In Century City, Anderson Real Estate announced last month that Ares Management has signed a 12-year lease for 206,000 square feet of office space at 1800 Avenue of the Stars. The tower, part of a larger complex which includes a second building at 1900 Avenue of the Stars, is currently in the midst of a $100 million renovation.

Montalba Architects and OJB Landscape Architecture are designing the new space, according to a news release.

Ares Management, based in Los Angeles since launching in 1997, currently occupies space in another Century City property at 2000 Avenue of the Stars.

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