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Emerson set to open its Hollywood campus

Jat Leno returns to Andover

Jay Leno (center) with the crew at McDonald’s in Andover.

Jay Leno (center) with the crew at McDonald’s in Andover.

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Emerson College is well represented in Hollywood, with a list of notable alumni that includes the likes of Jay Leno, Norman Lear, Henry Winkler, Mario Cantone, “Friends” producer Kevin Bright, and “Will & Grace” creator Max Mutchnick. So it only makes sense that the school itself would have a presence in Tinseltown. On March 8, the college will open its Hollywood campus, an $85-million project that will feature a 10-story, 100,000-square-foot building — located on Sunset Boulevard, no less — and will include classrooms, offices, more than 200 dormitory beds, and parking. The new facility, designed by LA-based architecture firm Morphosis Architects, replaces the college’s current digs — rented office space in Burbank. Building began more than two years ago, but was delayed when a recording studio across the street sued over concerns about construction noise disrupting its business. . . . Speaking of Leno, the “Tonight Show” host was in Andover the other day taping a segment for “60 Minutes.” With cameras in tow, Leno and “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft stopped at McDonald’s, and Leno worked the counter and surprised a few folks at the drive-thru window.

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