NBCUniversal Development Plans Changed…


NBCUniversal‘s megadevelopment Evolution Plan is now just a boring old Universal City expansion–NBCU announced today that they’re dropping the residential part of the plan, which would’ve added about 2,900 units and more on 120 acres. A statement from President Ron Meyer says “after taking a hard look at the project, the current real estate market, our business needs and the needs of our surrounding communities, we believe it’s best to ask the City and County to focus on our 20-year plan without any residential development and to retain our backlot for production.” County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky wrote a letter to NBCU back in January asking it to drop this part of the Evolution Plan (which we’re going to start calling the EvolP, ok?). A draft environmental impact report on the project came out in 2010 and so this decision was made as NBCU was considering all the feedback and working on a final EIR (which was finally released today).

How this changes the plans>>

Now that the residential’s been axed, how will the rest of the plan change? The biggest change is the addition of a second 500 room hotel (the plan already called for one). It’ll also have slightly more studio space, including production facilities and offices and a little more entertainment, in the form of theme park attractions, retail, and restaurants. NBCU is still planning to make all the traffic improvements that it’s promised.

WSJ: Ryan Seacrest May Replace Matt Lauer


NBC Universal is courting Ryan Seacrest as a potential replacement for Matt Lauer on the Today show, the Wall Street Journal reports. The paper says NBC News, Today show, and NBC network executives met with Seacrest on Tuesday about the possibilty of  him joining the morning talker. The discussions with Seacrest include multiple possibilities that might enhance his role within the broader corporate context at Comcast and NBC Universal. Seacrest’s existing deal with Comcast/NBCUniversal expires next year. He serves as host and producer of a daily news show on E! network as well as E!’s red-carpet specials. Seacrest’s prolific TV production company is also based at E! A Seacrest spokeswoman would say only that negotiations with NBC Universal were ongoing.

From Wall Street Journal


Here is the announcement schedules with dates and times:

Sunday, May 15

9:00 PM: UTA Upfronts Party
Location: Lavo, 39 E. 58th Street

Monday, May 16
10:00 AM: NBC Announcement (evite ticket)
Location: Hilton Hotel – 3rd Floor, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
Lunch to follow upfront – Location TBD

4:00 PM: FBC Announcement (evite ticket)
Location: The New Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway
After-party immediately following at Wollman Rink in Central Park

9:00 PM-1:00 AM: NBC Upfronts Party (evite ticket)
Location: Del Posto Ristorante, 85 10th Ave

Tuesday, May 17
4:00 PM: ABC Announcement (hard ticket get in LA)
Location: Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, 132 W. 65th St.
No after-party

7:00 PM: UEG Upfronts Party with Pharrell
Location: TenJune, 26 Little West 12th St

8:00 PM: Gersh Agency Upfronts Party
Location: James Hotel, 27 Grand Street

9:00 PM: Innovative Artists Upfronts Party
Location: Eventi Hotel, 851 Avenue Of The Americas

9:00 PM: WME Upfronts Dinner
Location: Peter Luger Steakhouse, 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

9:00 PM-11:00 PM: ICM Upfronts Party
Location: Simyone Lounge, 409 West 14th St

Wednesday, May 18
10:00 AM: TNT/TBS Announcement (mailed ticket invite)
Location: Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St.
11:30 AM: Private lunch to follow upfront at Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue

4:00 PM: CBS Announcement (hard tickets)
Location: Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave.
After-party immediately following at The Tent at Lincoln Center
Location: Damrosch Park, W. 62nd St between Columbus & Amsterdam Aves

9:00 PM: Adult Swim Upfront Party (with Jay-Z performing)
Location: Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd Street

Thursday, May 19
11:00 AM: CW Announcement
Location: Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center – 11th Floor, 33 W. 60th St.

3:00 PM: Univision Communications Upfront Presentation
Location: New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd Stree

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