Church of Scientology snaps up Hollywood film studio
The Church of Scientology and the movie business have qualities in common – they are both purveyors of dreams and they both provoke emotional reactions in their customers.
In a move that makes the connection more overt, the church has now acquired a property that has the distinction of being the longest continuously-producing Hollywood studio. The Scientologists have bought the five-acre site on Sunset Boulevard from a struggling public TV station, KCET-TV, for an undisclosed sum likely to have run to several million dollars.
The church said its new Hollywood base would become the central media hub for its more than 9,000 churches and missions around the world, making it a key component of its global outreach to – or as its detractors claim, indoctrination of – its followers.
“This new studio enables the church to establish one of the most advanced centres used by religious broadcasters with the ability to harness 21st-century broadcast technology and production power to deliver its message to the largest international audience possible,” the church said in a statement.
I bet they’ll be fair and balanced.