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Hopes rise in Burbank for an economic boost with Conan O'Brien's decision to stage new show there

May 18, 2010 |  7:03 am

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2010-01/51926150.jpgThere are hopes in the Burbank area for an economic boost after Conan O’Brien announced he would shoot his new late-night show in the city.

They also hope O'Brien will raise the profile of a city that Johnny Carson gently mocked when he taped the "Tonight Show" there.

O'Brien's show, which is set to air four nights a week on TBS starting in November, will add to other late-night programs shot in Burbank, including “The Jay Leno Show” on NBC and “Lopez Tonight,” which will run after O’Brien’s show on TBS.

O’Brien will shoot his nightly show at Studio 15 on the Warner Bros. lot, according to the Burbank-based media giant.

Warner Bros. and TBS are owned by Time Warner Inc.

“I can’t wait to interview the cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ on the same lot where they filmed ‘Casablanca,’” O’Brien said in a statement.

The show will bring another big television name to Burbank in a format that will provide full-time jobs to scores of entertainment industry workers, said Gavin Koon, an industry representative for the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board, which provides training for unemployed workers in Glendale and Burbank.

Many jobs associated with the show might not last year-round, but will come from entertainment industry firms and independent contractors in Glendale and Burbank that might provide rentals or temporary production work, Koon said.

“There’s no question there’s hundreds of jobs involved,” he told the Glendale News Press.

Beyond the new jobs associated with working directly on the show, there will be peripheral job growth at associated gift shops, limousine services for guests and at restaurants and stores surrounding the Burbank lot, said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

“There’s just all kinds of things with a show like this,” Kyser said of the economic impact locally.

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-- Zain Shauk

Photo: Conan O'Brien. Credit: Los Angeles Times