Bain, Bardas Propose Studio in Hollywood

Echelon Studios would occupy a 5-acre site on Santa Monica Boulevard and include four 19,000-square-foot soundstages.

Bain Capital Real Estate and Bardas Investment Group have submitted plans to the city of Los Angeles to invest $450 million to develop Echelon Studios on a five-acre site at 5601 Santa Monica Blvd.

The proposed campus will feature four 19,000-square-foot soundstages, a 15,000-square-foot flex stage and a 90,000-square-foot village of bungalows. Bain and Bardas IG’s joint venture, formed in 2019 to pursue opportunities to acquire, renovate, develop and operate creative office and other production space for the content and media industries in Los Angeles, has a pipeline of development projects, including a 15,000-square-foot creative office now under construction at 712 Seward St.

“The increased demand for new content and the limited studio and production space available is generating competition in the market,” says David Simon, founder and managing principal of Bardas IG. “Leveraging our unique knowledge of the media and entertainment sectors, along with Bain Capital Real Estate’s strategic and operational capabilities, we are well positioned to deliver high-quality product to meet the demand from the content-creation industry.”

The project on Santa Monica Boulevard will also include 350,000 square feet of creative space in two mid-rise office buildings. Amenities will include refreshments, a central courtyard, shared specialized production space and collaboration areas. Outdoor decks, patios and other exterior common areas will serve to maximize available square footage and create filming and event space.

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