If you’re a TV and movie fanatic like me, touring a studio lot is one of the best experiences, because it’s a chance to immerse yourself into the world of production and see what it really takes to create some of those shows and films that you love and watch over and over again.
While in Los Angeles, Jen and I went up to Burbank to check out the Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood, a massive 110-acre lot filled with sound stages, exterior lots, production offices, prop houses, post-production suites, and more for a tour to see how some of our favourite shows and movies were made. The regular studio tour is 2 hours long, but we splurged on the 5+ hour VIP experience that gave us some added bonuses, and was totally worth the additional cost.
Some of the shows regularly filming at WB Studios right now are Pretty Little Liars, Conan, Ellen, and The Big Bang Theory. The lot also used to be the home of Friends and Gilmore Girls. I was especially excited to see all of the exterior sets of PLL and maybe even catch a glimpse of Conan (or Jordan Schlansky!) on the lot.
The VIP tour runs once a day and is capped to ensure that the experience is intimate and gives everyone a chance to ask their questions. Our tour guide, Thom, was incredibly knowledgeable and super passionate about his job, which made our tour even more enjoyable. A completely unsuspecting bonus was that we also got to have lunch with Cass Warner – the granddaughter of one of the founding Warner Brothers!
Photos were by and large welcome on the lot (except for the active sound stages and a couple of rooms here and there), and I’m so excited to share a peek into the great experience we had. And if you’re a PLL or Friends fan, you can only imagine how excited I was when you see what I got to see.