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

Ads featuring union actors must include new tracking code

SAG-AFTRA and advertising industry require use of Ad-ID, a Web-based digital coding system, to track all commercials on air and on line.

Some lawsuits against GM originate in Southern California

As General Motors CEO Barra goes before congressional committee, lawsuits involving California plaintiffs continue to develop against the automaker.

LAX baggage theft raises questions about airport security

This week's arrest and detention of 20 people was the largest passenger luggage theft case in the LAX for decades. Is it a sign of weak security?

Santa Monica City Council moves for control over airport

Santa Monica makes its latest move in fight against the FAA. City Council votes on plan to keep pursuing control over SMO airport land.

San Bernardino Airport hopes for international travelers

(Air)Field of Dreams: San Bernardino has built an international airport, but will commercial airlines come?

LA sues Time Warner Cable for $9.7M over franchise fees

Lawsuit contends that Time Warner has made billions of dollars while refusing to pay the city what it owes in fees.

In SoCal business news: Disney's 'Frozen' still hot

In Friday's SoCal business news roundup, a power grab by Energy companies, a Showtime pilot aiming to make finance sexy, and Disney's 'Frozen' is still hot.

On Expo and Gold Line extensions, train cars could be in short supply

Construction of the Expo Line Phase two and Gold Line Foothill Extension is on schedule. But will there be enough trains to open them?

Women in Hollywood: Understanding Anne Sweeney's decision to leave Disney

Disney TV executive Anne Sweeney's decision to step off the career path came as a shock to some, but others understand her need to get closer to the creative process.

As television changes, its Academy re-brands

At a time when the way people view "television" is constantly changing, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is changing its name and image.

California and LA County lost jobs in January

Their unemployment rates continued to fall, but California and LA County lost jobs from December to January, mainly due to seasonal factors.

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.