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 entertainment 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 who might provide rentals or temporary production work, Koon said.
“There’s no question there’s hundreds of jobs involved,” he said.
While some workers will be a part of O’Brien’s former New York staff as part of his NBC show “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” many will be local, and those who move will likely become California residents who contribute to local economies, Koon said.
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 Corporation.
“There’s just all kinds of things with a show like this,” Kyser said of the economic impact locally.
Aside from the economic benefits, the addition of another late-night star will also help to boost the profile of the area, said Don Nakamoto, labor market specialist for the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board.
“They could have chosen to go elsewhere, and so to continue to stay in the area is a really positive thing,” Nakamoto said.