YouTube Brings New Creative Space to LA

By: Rich DeMuro
Mar. 6, 2013

Masterminds behind some of our favorite YouTube channels have a new location to shoot and produce at YouTube Space Los Angeles.

Stages, equipment and production facilities are all on hand to help content creators bring their stories to life.

“We want to help creators on YouTube do what they do better,” Liam Collins, head of the YouTube Space said.

Formerly the Howard Hughes Airport, the 41,000-square-foot space in Playa Vista is like a high tech Hollywood amusement park for entertainment. Likewise, two other YouTube Spaces have opened in London and Tokyo.

Collins, who created the concept of the YouTube Space, said collaboration is key. “One of the most important things about the facility is it’s a place where people collaborate,” Collins said. “There’s a lot of space in the facility for creative people to meet and work together.”

From green screens to large production stages with professional-grade cameras, lights and microphones, YouTube Space LA offers everything needed to create the videos we love.

Creators accepted into YouTube’s program have access to all of the features. They can brainstorm with other creators, learn from industry experts, and access many of the production and post-production digital equipment at no cost.

“One of the things that I like best when people come into the facility is that their wheels just start turning,” Collins said.

For artists like Freddie Wong, who has gained YouTube fame with nearly 5 million subscribers with videos like “Future First Person Shooter,” the new space opens up a lot of opportunities.

“[W]e’re trying to do longer form, higher production value web series,” Wong said. He is now creating the second season of his web series, Video Game High School, after raising more than $800,000 on Kickstarter.

Those interested in the using the space can apply to be a program partner for YouTube.

Bonus: Read more about my thoughts on YouTube Space LA on my personal blog.

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