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

Is the Los Angeles film and television industry really in a state of emergency?

Does the flight of film and television production to other states and countries merit a "state of emergency" declaration by L.A.'s mayor?

Rising home prices, falling foreclosure rates in LA area

The Los Angeles area housing market continues to improve, as foreclosure rates fall and home prices rise. For buyers, fewer foreclosures mean fewer discounts.

Tennis Channel free for TWC subscribers during US Open

Time Warner offers free access to the Tennis Channel during the U.S. Open for cable customers affected by the CBS blackout.

Vin Scully to return for 65th season with the Dodgers

"I get goosebumps, the same as anyone in the stands," Scully said. "As long as I get excited — as long as I truly feel the emotion — I should still be here.”

Free antennas for TWC customers, CBS' new deal with Verizon

Nearly three weeks into the CBS blackout on Time Warner Cable, CBS inks a new deal with Verizon, and TWC plans to provide free antennas. See the ad CBS put out here.

Disney/ABC Television Group will trim positions

Disney continues streamlining its workforce, with 175 positions reportedly slated for elimination at the Disney/ABC Television group.

LA County unemployment rate jumps to 10 percent in July

While Los Angeles County's unemployment rate jumped to 10 percent in July, a state Employment Development Department official said that's an improvement over a year ago.

Time Warner Cable takes customer heat for CBS blackout

A lawsuit filed by Time Warner Cable subscribers shows customers are angry at the cable company for blacking out CBS and Showtime. But does TWC have a point?

MAP: Fruit fly quarantine declared for LA and Orange counties

The California Department of Food and Agriculture said Wednesday the pests have been detected in parts of Anaheim, Artesia, Cerritos and other areas.

VIDEO: Herzog film helps AT&T campaign against texting and driving

A short documentary from Werner Herzog on texting while driving is helping drive AT&T's campaign against the practice. Will it work?

Dole Foods agrees to go private with CEO's sweetened offer

Dole Foods is going private after accepting an offer from CEO David Murdock. The offer has sweetened since June, when Murdock and family made their first bid.

Man gets his '58 Impala back, all fixed up; why he's mad about it

Norman Marden's '58 Chevy Impala was stolen seven years ago. He has it back, but he's not happy about it.

TWC customers manage while blackout of CBS continues

CBS and Time Warner Cable dispute draws government attention, while TWC subscribers look for alternatives during the blackout.

CBS goes dark on Time Warner Cable in LA, NY (poll, updated)

CBS and Time Warner Cable failed to reach a deal by 2 p.m. today over carriage fees. Stations are going dark in Los Angeles, New York City and Dallas.

Earnings up for Time Warner Cable, CBS as cable dispute continues

Time Warner Cable and CBS Corporation report earnings growth in second quarter. Both companies continue negotiations over carriage fees as they face a Friday deadline.