Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of TheBlaze, Glenn Beck’s news, opinion & entertainment network, announced today that it has purchased The Studios at Las Colinas to serve as the network’s flagship television and radio facility. The studio has served as the home to TheBlaze and various network shows like Glenn Beck on a rental basis since 2012.
The 72,000 square foot facility, which will now be known as Mercury Studios, is based in Irving, Texas and features 3 sound stages that are up to 14,500 square feet. Built in 1982, the studios have hosted movies and television shows like Robocop, JFK, Silkwood, Prison Break and Walker Texas Ranger.
TheBlaze currently produces 6 hours of live programming every day from Irving, and also leases a studio in Midtown Manhattan.
Glenn Beck said of the exciting announcement: “We are proud to call Texas our home and be part of the local community in Irving. We are building a world-class facility that provides TheBlaze with the highest quality talent and top of the line production capabilities so American stories can be told to viewers across the country.”
Joel Cheatwood, President and Chief Content Officer of TheBlaze, added: “TheBlaze has quickly built up the capacity to produce over 43 hours of original programming per week and we are excited to now have our own multi-media base as we continue to grow.”
The exclusive provider of Glenn Beck’s television program, TheBlaze also offers a full slate of original news and opinion shows like “Real News,” “Wilkow!” and “For the Record,” late night comedy like “The Wonderful World of Stu” and “B.S. of A.,” family-friendly programming like “Liberty Treehouse” as well as thought-provoking documentaries and original specials.
TheBlaze first launched on September 12, 2011 as GBTV and quickly grew into one of the world’s largest online streaming networks with over 300,000 subscribers. One year later, TheBlaze became a television network and is currently available on over 15 television operators including 5 of the top 25 in America.