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

CPUC wants to regulate app-based ridesharing services (updated)

The CPUC declared Tuesday that it should have jurisdiction over and regulate companies that use mobile apps to help people find a ride.

Time Warner drops CBS, then halts decision; negotiations continue

The fee dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS took an odd turn when the cable giant said it was dropping CBS in L.A. and two other cities, then reversed the decision.

Update: No Time Warner CBS deal, CBS going dark in LA, NY and Dallas?

If fees aren't settled, six CBS TV stations could go dark for around 3 million Time Warner Cable customers in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.

Activision to buy back stake from Vivendi, gain independence

In a deal valued at $8.2 billion, the Santa Monica-based maker of "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty" will split off from its parent company.

Time Warner Cable blackout of CBS could affect more than a million in LA (updated)

The companies extended their game of chicken on subscriber fees until Monday. Meanwhile, Time Warner announced its CEO will step down at the end of the year.

Update: Monday is new deadline for Time Warner, CBS to resolve dispute

CBS and Time Warner Cable continue to work to resolve a dispute over the fees the cable provider must pay to carry the broadcaster's local stations.

CBS, Time Warner keep talking to resolve cable fees dispute

FCC rules push deadline back in a dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable over fees. If they can't reach an agreement by Thursday, KCBS and KCAL could be off the cable system.

Gelson's Markets owner weighs options, including a sale (poll)

The parent company of the upscale grocer explores possible 'strategic alternatives.' Gelson's can be found in upscale neighborhoods.

Dispute over 'The Butler' shows complexity of film titles

With the dispute over 'The Butler playing out just a month before its scheduled release, naming movie is more complex and legally tricky.

Port of Long Beach embarks on major bridge project (poll)

The Port of Long Beach has kicked off a bridge replacement project that is part of a $4.5 billion plan to allow larger cargo ships into the port.

Big Bear Mountain ski resorts up for sale

The 60-year-old company that owns the Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts is looking for potential buyers. But it won't sell to just anyone.

State could weigh in Tuesday on ride-sharing services (Poll)

Ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar and the traditional taxicab services they're disrupting could learn more on their future from the PUC.

TV and film production up in LA during second quarter

Despite an overall increase in film and television shoots in Los Angeles, FilmLA says production in the city is still nowhere near what it used to be.

CAL-ISO said power supply will meet demand during heat wave

Because it's the first heat wave of the summer, the agency that operates California's power grid, CAL-ISO said there is ample supply to meet power needs.

Doc Rivers casually rolls in to take over LA Clippers coaching helm

The Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday introduced Doc Rivers as the team's new head coach and Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations.