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

Disney wants to 'accelerate' start-ups with big ideas

Disney's ready to give ten start-ups money, working space, mentorship and access to its stories and characters. The goal: a transformative idea.

US Airways moves a little closer to American at LAX

On Wednesday, US Airways will begin operating out of Terminal 3 at LAX, moving it a little closer to its merger partner, American Airlines at Terminal 4.

Update: Comedy Central's 'Dumb Starbucks' stunt shut down by city

Comedy Central show "Nathan for You" revealed itself to be behind the mysterious "Dumb Starbucks" storefront that appeared over the weekend.

Lego movie's key audience may be AFOLs: Adult Fans of Lego

Adult Fans of Lego are part of a built-in fan base that is sure to drive ticket sales for "The Lego Movie," which opens Friday.

Small businesses are sad to see 'The Tonight Show' leave Burbank

Take-out, dry cleaning and on-set coffee: In leaving Burbank, "The Tonight Show" leaves behind small businesses that were happy to help.

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.