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

Could Staples sell the naming rights to Staples Center?

When a company like Staples says it's closing stores to save 500 million dollars, we ask: could it sell the naming rights to Staples Center?

Disney Interactive lays off 700 employees

Disney Interactive said it is restructuring its business to focus on "a streamlined suite of high quality digital products."

Super Hornet fighter jet employs 900 people in El Segundo

900 jobs in El Segundo at stake if the federal budget doesn't include more orders of the Super Hornet and Growler fighter jets.

Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas (updated)

Electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in L.A. parks, restaurants and bars under an ordinance approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council.

Mattel moves onto Lego's playing field with Mega deal

Mattel acquires Canada-based Mega Brands, and moves into the construction toy category, where Lego dominates.

IMAX is building new HQ in Playa Vista for next year

Coming Soon to Playa Vista: a big-screen office building. IMAX breaks ground, with plans to move down Silicon Beach from Santa Monica next year.

In SoCal business news: Hollywood's (quiet) Hooray for the GOP, high-rise hope in downtown LA

The Motion Picture Association of America is quietly ramping up outreach to Republicans and conservative-leaning groups. Meantime, there's word Izek Shomof wants to build a 34-story apartment skyscraper downtown.

Winning an Oscar in bankruptcy: Rhythm and Hues and the visual effects biz one year later

Short documentary “Life After Pi” traces the downfall of Rhythm and Hues and reveals ongoing struggles in the visual effects industry.

Talk of a surging LA specialty coffee trade at 'Big Western'

Coffee lovers and brewers converged at the annual regional coffee brewing competition this weekend, where there was talk of a "coffee renaissance" in L.A.

LAUSD teacher arrested for alleged 1999 sexual assaults

LAPD detectives arrested teacher Peter Christopher Gomez for alleged sexual assaults that occurred in 1999.

Blackstone gives grant for college entrepreneurs in SoCal

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation gives $3.5 million for an entrepreneurship program on the campuses of USC, UCLA, and UC Irvine.

Metrolink to become first commuter rail line with new safety system

The new safety system was mandated under federal law following a 2008 train crash in Chatsworth that left 25 people dead.

Why Netflix's 'House of Cards' season 2 won't break the Internet

The day so many people have been waiting for has arrived — the second season of "House of Cards" is now available on Netflix. What impact will it have on Internet traffic?

Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion

The all-stock deal was approved by the boards of both companies. It is expected to close by the end of the year, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.

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.