Earlier this summer, I photographed the newly-completed Saban Media Center for a spread in emmy Magazine. The addition to the Television Academy campus in North Hollywood is nothing short of jaw-dropping. It houses the Wolf Theater and the offices for the Television Academy Foundation.
The plans for two-story structure were completely dependent on philanthropy. Academy chairman and CEO, Bruce Rosenblum, announced the organization’s fundraising campaign, “New Look, New Vision, New Destination” in early 2014. The goal was to raise enough funds to build a new media center complete with a screening theater and offices for the Academy Foundation Staff, as well as benefit the Foundation’s programs for education and archiving.
On the first night of the fundraising effort, the Foundation secured $30 million of their $40 million goal, in huge part from the generous donations of Haim and Cheryl Saban and Dick and Noelle Wolf.
Architectural firm Gensler executed the vision of the Academy’s officers and governors, along with designer F. Dagdagan Designs. MATT Construction completed the project 18 months after its announcement.
The sleek glass exterior offers views into the spacious Netflix Lobby and the minimalist working space on the second floor. The 600-seat Wolf Theater is one of the world’s most technologically advanced screening theaters. Beyond its rich, red chairs and wood-clad walls, the theater boasts Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision with a 4K-3D projection system compliments of Dolby Laboratories.
See the feature in emmy magazine, Issue No. 7, 2016 here.