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

Where LA's film fight turns after the death of Tom Sherak

Tom Sherak brought heft and enthusiasm to LA's fight to keep film production in Hollywood. A look at where the fight turns now without him.

California's minimum wage citations dropped against BYD

California labor officials have dropped citations against Electric vehicle maker BYD for paying workers below the state's minimum wage.

No shortage of avocados for Super Bowl dips

Avocado growers in Mexico have figured out that now is the time to make sure Americans have enough fruit to make plenty of Super Bowl guacamole.

Coalition asks CA Attorney General to investigate Herbalife

A day after a US Senator called for federal investigations of Herbalife, activist groups ask the same of California Attorney General's office.

CA and LA County see unemployment rates fall in December

The job gains aren't as big as the month before, but the California and Los Angeles County unemployment rates fell in December.

11 Albertsons locations in Southern California to close

Albertsons is closing 11 Southern California stores as part of the supermarket chain's on-going evaluation of performance. Stores will close by February 20.

SeaWorld stock pops when 'Blackfish' misses Oscar cut

A filmmaker and marketing strategist isn't surprised at the surge SeaWorld's stock price when the documentary "Blackfish" misses an Oscar nomination.

Obama nominates California businesswoman to lead SBA (updated)

President Obama nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a Latino-owned bank in Los Angeles, to be head of the Small Business Administration.

The Forum in Inglewood reopens with the Eagles

The Forum reopens in Inglewood with six Eagles concerts, fueling competition between its owner MSG and AEG, which owns Staples Center.

Palm Springs International Film Festival gives foreign films momentum

Foreign films get Oscar momentum and a shot at second lives in English at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 3-13.

Voting for Academy Awards nominations begins

Voting for Oscar nominations opened on Friday, giving members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 289 films to consider for Best Picture.

Horse racing opens at Santa Anita Park; fills void left by shuttered Hollywood Park

The day after Christmas is opening day at Santa Anita Park. The Arcadia horse racing track began its 77th winter/spring meeting Thursday in front of a huge crowd.

Goal of new 'El Rey' channel: unite the most culturally diverse generation

Its name might sound latino, but 'El Rey' is targeting a larger audience. Robert Rodriguez' new cable channel is set to launch in January

Fire-retardants in furniture: manufacturers adjust to CA's new standards

After 38 years on the books in California, the standard for inflammability in home furniture is changing in 2014. But it doesn't ban flame retardant chemicals.

44,300 new jobs bring CA unemployment rate down in November

California employers continue to add jobs in November. Unemployment rate falls to 8.5 percent, with gains in construction, manufacturing, and trade.