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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

Russia's ban on imported farm products won't affect Calif. growers

Russia retaliated Thursday for sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by banning most food imports from the West. Russia's a small buyer of California agricultural products.

Could California's film tax credit get a new script?

After causing some drama, Senator Kevin de León says he just wants to make California's tax credit "better." But the mystery remains by how much.

21st Century Fox abandons pursuit of Time Warner

Twenty-First Century Fox is abandoning its attempt to take over Time Warner in a proposed deal that would have combined two of the world's biggest media companies.

LA Times parent Tribune Publishing's stock loses 4.4 percent on 1st day

The newly spun-off newspaper company opened trading for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange. It also announces a deal with the owner of

PF Chang's says 8 Calif. locations hit in data security breach

P.F. Chang's CEO Rick Federico said the company learned of a possible security breach from the U.S. Secret Service in June.

LAX is on pace to pass pre-9/11 passenger numbers this year

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport is on pace to break an annual record this year, but not everybody wants more passengers at LAX.

LA water main breaks: Is drought a factor?

A study conducted in 2009 when drought conditions limited watering lawns to two days a week found water pressure would build and cause jolts to the system.

Passenger numbers rise at Ontario Airport, but not seats

Ontario Airport has seen a slight rise in passenger traffic in 2014. Airport officials would like to see the number of flights rise, too.

Reps urge state to extend film tax breaks; others ask 'Why?'

As 29 members of California's Congressional delegation urge the enhancement of film tax incentives, others question whether they are a good idea.

As big data gets bigger, mapping and marketing mix

The industry of GIS — geographical information systems — is on everybody's radar at Esri's User Conference in San Diego. As 'big data' gets bigger, so does GIS.

Santa Monica voters will consider 2 airport iniatives

Two competing ballot measures will give Santa Monica voters a chance to weigh in on the future of the Santa Monica Airport.

Century Crunch: LAX-bound drivers brace for weekend road closure

Starting Friday night, a bridge demolition project will shut down the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards. Plan ahead with this map — or avoid the area.

Cable TV series production grows, but California's share shrinks

In its annual progress report on the state's film and TV tax incentive program, the California Film Commission looks closely at productions that missed out.

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.