The church has cut a deal to acquire the historic Los Feliz studio lot that has been home to pubcaster KCET-TV Los Angeles for the past 40 years. In a lengthy statement, the church said the deal allows it to “establish one of the most advanced centers used by religious broadcasters with the ability to harness 21st century broadcast technology and production power to deliver its message to the the largest international audience possible.”
The statement said the lot and its satellite uplink facilities would serve as “a central media hub” for its network of churches around the world. The KCET lot will concentrate on “the production of television programs, short-form information films and Internet content to further Scientology’s religious and charitable purposes” while its existing Golden Era Prods. outpost in Hemet, Calif., will continue to focus on producing “informational and educational films” for use among members and as part of its “social betterment and humanitarian programs.” […]
The sale to the Church of Scientology is sure to raise eyebrows in industry circles. The church rooted in the writings of L. Ron Hubbard has long counted some showbizzers as members, but its image suffered a blow in February when the New Yorker published a lengthy story on helmer-writer Paul Haggis’ decision to break from Scientology after more than 30 years. The story painted a picture of a cult-like org with waning worldwide membership.
The sale of the studio means we can look forward to more Scientology spam in the cult’s efforts to stem a mostly negative flow of news reports about its destructive and hateful nature.