The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is spicing up its image, paring its name down to just the Television Academy and embarking on a $40-million upgrade to its headquarters in the yuppified Arts District in North Hollywood. Work begins on August 26, the day after the TV Academy-produced Emmy Awards. The renovation, funded partly by donations, will include a "new, state-of-the-art multi-purpose theatre and digital production capacity media center," according to a press release. The new facility will allow the Academy to hold (and broadcast) more big-deal events at the NoHo center, which already hosts lots of panels and screenings. The Academy's HQ, which features a giant Emmy near its entrance, is a highlight of the Arts District, which has seen a lot of development, including NoHo Commons and The Hesby, spring up since a subway station opened there 14 years ago, and even more since the Orange Line busway opened in 2005.
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