Brookfield Secures $212.2MM Refinancing After Acquiring DreamWorks Headquarters in Glendale for $327MM

Newmark, DreamWorks, Glendale, Comcast Corporation, LA Hana OW, Hana Asset Management, Brookfield Real Estate Investment Trust, Burbank, Burbank Media District

(EDITOR’S NOTE: According to a closing announcement from Newmark, the property sold for $327 million. The property was initially acquired in December of 2021. In March of 2022, Brookfield Properties secured $212.2 million in refinancing for the property. Details about the refinancing were revealed in an announcement from Apollo Global Management, which arranged the deal on behalf of Brookfield Properties.)

LOS ANGELES — Newmark1 announced the sale of DreamWorks, a 14.7-acre headquarters campus in Glendale, California. The seven building, 497,403-square-foot creative office campus is 100% leased to DreamWorks Animation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, through 2035.

Newmark Co-Head of U.S. Capital Markets Kevin Shannon, Vice Chairman Alex Foshay, Executive Managing Directors Ken White and Rob Hannan and Senior Managing Director Laura Stumm represented the seller, LA Hana OW, an entity of Hana Asset Management and OceanWest Capital Partners. The buyer was Brookfield Real Estate Investment Trust (“Brookfield REIT”).

“This opportunity combined many of the investment themes currently driving successful office market trades in Los Angeles,” said Shannon. “This DreamWorks HQ opportunity offered credit, WALT and a content creation tenant with studio space which resulted in extraordinary interest as shown by nearly 30 separate buyer tours.”

Stumm added, “Situated on nearly 15-acres within Los Angeles’s thriving media district, the Campus is one of the most iconic headquarters destinations in Los Angeles. For over 24 years, it has provided DreamWorks with critical recording and animation infrastructure within a lush, park-like environment that invokes inspiration and innovation. The opportunity to acquire a critical media asset of scale is extremely rare, as indicated by the strong interest in this investment.”

The property, located at 1000 Flower Street, features landscaped courtyards, rivers and koi ponds, onsite commissary, 165-seat theater, motion capture studio, recording studio, green rooms, medical clinic, library and helipad.

Insatiable demand for original content due to the pandemic and increased greenlit productions has created a scarcity of studio space throughout Los Angeles, according to Newmark Research. Rents in Burbank’s Class A buildings have surpassed pre-COVID levels, demonstrating the resilience of the Media Triangle market. The Burbank Media District tenant velocity is expected to continue, tightening the current vacancy rate of 3.9% even further.

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