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Introducing ECLA: Emerson College Comes to Hollywood, $110 million Project Breaks Ground March 8

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 29, 2012 at 12:08PM

Boston's Emerson College, which has long focused on Communications and the Arts, is breaking ground on a new campus in Los Angeles at 5960 W. Sunset Blvd.
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A rendering of ECLA campus
A rendering of ECLA campus

Boston's Emerson College, which has long focused on Communications and the Arts, is breaking ground on a new campus in Los Angeles at 5960 W. Sunset Blvd.

The project is designed by architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects and-- with its "silver" rating through the LEED program--comes with a price tag of $110 million. Emerson has hosted an internship in Los Angeles for over twenty-five years. With their new campus, they hope to expand their efforts in helping to bridge the gap between college and post-grad life for students seeking careers in the industry. This certainly can't hurt. The likes of Jay Leno, Norman Lear and Henry Winkler count Emerson as their alma matter.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.