Brian Watt Business and Economics Reporter

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Brian Watt is a Business and Economics Reporter for KPCC. He joined the KPCC news team in 2007. Prior to that, he worked as a producer at "Marketplace," where he filed a number of his own stories and even filled in some mornings as host.

Brian holds degrees in Theater from Yale University and the Sorbonne, and has worked as an actor in France, Italy, Brazil, Hungary and Hollywood. He appeared in a few television shows, including "The West Wing," "Judging Amy," and "The District."


Stories by Brian Watt

TV production in LA is up in second quarter

TV cameras rolled on location in the L.A. area more this spring than last spring. FilmLA believes television production schedules are shifting.

Despite job losses, California is still a top manufacturer

Technology and off-shoring have driven a lot of manufacturing jobs out of California, but they've also driven up productivity. The state remains a top producer.

LA ports: Labor strife and what it means to you

With labor uncertainty at the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and up and down the West Coast, should consumers be worried about shortages and price hikes?

Los Angeles/Long Beach port truck drivers launch strike

In a dramatic action, drivers for three trucking companies at the ports of L.A. and Long Beach walked off the job early Monday morning, with no plans to return.

'Midnight Rider' indictment highlights set safety challenges

The indictment of the filmmakers of "Midnight Rider" in connection with the death of Sarah Jones highlights the challenges of preparing for safe on-location filming.

What does California get for $100 million in film credits?

That's 11 feature films, 13 TV series and two made-for-TV movies winning a share of California's $100 million production tax credit. What does the state get in return?

West coast dockworkers contract expires, but talks continue

Cargo will continue to move at 29 West coast ports as negotiators for shippers and dockworkers continue talks to replace a labor contract that expired Tuesday.

Metro Board allocates $3.7 million for more CicLAvias

CicLAvia receives funding to expand bike and walking routes to East LA, Pasadena, Southeast Cities, Culver City and the San Fernando Valley

Long Beach taps Former FedEx Canada president to run port

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to vote Monday to name Jon W. Slangerup as the Port of Long Beach’s new Chief Executive.

Metro Board approves new stop tying transit system with LAX

Transportation officials have voted to move forward with plans for a light rail station near LAX that would link to airport terminals with a people mover.

Film and TV tax credit expansion bill moves a step forward

There's still no dollar figure attached to it, but a bill that would expand California's film and television tax credit program has passed a Senate committee.

LA loses ground in TV pilot production; New York gains

New York is now the most attractive place to shoot a pilot for an hour-long TV drama, while L.A. continued to lose its share of pilot productions.

California's jobless rate falls to 7.6 percent

California added nearly 40,000 jobs in May, putting the state just 1,800 jobs short of its employment peak seven years ago — before the Great Recession.

Fairplex's horse racing meet will move to Los Alamitos

In another sign of consolidation in the horse racing industry, a meet that has been a feature of the LA County fair at Fairplex will move to Los Alamitos

Potential labor strife nudges up cargo traffic at ports

Ports of LA and Long Beach see rises in cargo volumes, as retailers rush to move goods ahead of a potential labor dispute.