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

Foreclosure decline continues in Riverside-San Bernardino

During the housing crisis, the Riverside-San Bernardino area had one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, but filings have steadily fallen over a two-year period.

Hollywood conference focuses on saving local film and TV jobs

At the second State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, business people, elected officials, trade union representatives and studio executives discussed how to save local production jobs.

A week of indie film deal-making at American Film Market in Santa Monica

The 34th American Film Market is drawing film producers, distributors, buyers and sellers from around the world for seven days of deal-making around a wide range of films.

Jobs report shows growth in key SoCal industries

Despite federal furloughs during the partial government shutdown, the private sector added 204,000 jobs nationwide in October -- many in key sectors of the SoCal economy.

Disney announces Netflix deal and new 'Star Wars' release date

In a big news day for Disney, the company released its earnings report, details of a Marvel TV deal with Netflix and the release date of the next 'Star Wars' movie.

Toll Brothers agrees to buy Beverly Hills-based homebuilder for $1.6 billion

The luxury home-building giant moves to buy Shapell Homes. The purchase will give Toll 5,200 more developable lots in California. editor Nikki Finke jumps ship

After a major falling out with Deadline Hollywood owner Jay Penske, Nikki Finke is leaving the website that she founded to report on the entertainment industry.

Santa Monica Airport: Business asset or too close for comfort?

The city of Santa Monica's lawsuit against the FAA is the latest shot in a long-standing battle over the airport's future. Local businesspeople are watching closely.

BYD accused of mistreating Chinese workers in LA

LA Metro and Long Beach Transit are being asked to cut ties with BYD because the electric vehicle maker has been cited for mistreating employees.

Amazon announces plans for new facility in Moreno Valley

A new report reveals a sharp drop in consumer confidence nationwide; but Amazon seems confident that orders will keep rolling into its SoCal fulfillment centers.

TWC Deportes steps up its 2nd season of Lakers coverage

Time Warner Cable Deportes calls itself the first and only Spanish Language regional sports network. An expanded team hopes to boost the passion behind its coverage.

ABC and Univision's 'Fusion' channel ready to launch

At a time when many Latinos say they want more news and entertainment in English, ABC and Univision have joined forces to launch the Fusion cable channel on Monday.

California home prices up 30 percent over 2012, fastest pace in the nation

California's median home price rose in the last 12 months, and institutional investors are looking for bargains in other states, according to RealtyTrac.

Linking jobs, homes and transit key to LA's future

Putting affordable homes near job sites in LA County is such a challenge, civic leaders and developers are looking to link the two with mass transit.

Back to work: federal employees return in Southern California

National Parks, Small Business Administration district offices reopen in Southern California, and aircraft safety inspectors return to work