The Church of Scientology is starting a TV news network being dubbed ‘Scientology’s CNN’ in a brand new $50 million Hollywood studio.
And it’s being built by being built by 50-cent an hour workers, claim former Scientologists familiar with the project.
While all the buzz last week was that Scientology’s biggest star was leaving the church, Daily Mail Online can reveal that nothing could be further from the truth.
Scientology and Tom Cruise plan to take on the major movie studios and the TV networks and cable stations with the creation of Scientology Media Productions on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood.
The new studio will also be used to make ‘propaganda’ movies to recruit more followers while Cruise himself is set to film his Hollywood blockbusters at the glittering base, which has facilities that are set to rival Paramount studios.
Scientology bosses may even use the new studios to attract budding Hollywood actresses to audition to be Tom’s new girlfriend.
The Church of Scientology has vehemently denied claims made that Tom Cruise auditioned a host of Hollywood beauties including Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Kate Bosworth to be his wife before settling on Katie Holmes.
The impressive complex, revealed in these Daily Mail Online photographs for the first time, is built by the Church’s Sea Org recruits, who are paid only a few dollars a day, according to two former members, who identified the tell-tale blue uniforms.
According to the Church, the colossal studio complex in Los Angeles will reach ‘virtually every person on Earth’ and is now only months away from completion.
Former Scientology member and assistant to leader David Miscavige, Sinar Parman, said: ‘CNN covers anything and everything, it’s their version of CNN, but who wants to watch that stuff?’
Previously, Scientology TV and movie studio work was done at its main HQ Gold Base in Hemet, 60 miles outside Los Angeles in the desert.
The new ‘Scientology Media Productions’ center is only a short 12-mile hop from Cruise’s West Hollywood mansion and will be bigger than any major Tinseltown studio including Universal and Paramount.
The church acquired the new media center from KCET, a local Los Angeles public TV station that had been there since 1970. There are pictures on the Scientology Facebook page showing images of the various studios, suites and newsrooms.
The church proclaims on its website: ‘The global media center that will revolutionize the Church’s communications footprint throughout the print, broadcast, and internet media worlds as a state-of-the-art hub helping beam Scientology’s message all over the globe.
‘The world population of 7 billion is growing by more than 250,000 daily. With 3,000 opportunities to reach each person on any given day, the technological power to reach out exists at unprecedented orders of magnitude.
‘Scientology Media Productions is the emphatic answer to that most vital question of how we will in fact catapult into the next dimension. When this new property opens, we will be capable of reaching virtually every person on Earth.’
Scientology expert Tony Ortega, who runs the anti-church website Underground Bunker, adds: ‘They’ve talked about doing a Scientology TV channel, showing their dumb videos over and over again. But it could also go the way of their Freedom Magazine, where it’s trying to be more mainstream and commenting on everyday issues.
‘They will try to do TV shows which are legitimate, speaking about every day things with a Scientology slant. Scientology news would be hilarious, but who would watch it?’
Ortega, who has recently written a book on Scientology, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, says that the church would want more of a handle on Cruise’s movie productions and choosing his girlfriends. He exclusively reveals that Scientology was involved in last year’s blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow and supposedly had its own handlers on set for Cruise.
‘Scientology has been heavily involved in his films. When he was making Edge of Tomorrow in England last year, I heard that there were handlers around him. His old handler Greg Wilhere was such a presence around Cruise on Days of Thunder they named a character in the movie after him.
‘With War of the Worlds, Cruise convinced Spielberg to set up tents for his people, he would always insist they used a sound system Clearsound at Gold Base, he always wanted to bring Scientologists on set. They’re not as involved as they want to be now.’
Another ex-member, Gary Morehead, former head of security at Gold Base, says that whole sets were built at Scientology’s HQ Gold Base for numerous films including Far And Away, starring Cruise’s ex-wife Nicole Kidman.
He says: ‘There was a whole audio camp built at Gold, it’s even in the credits for the film. Dave [Miscavige] is the one who had it all set up for him, no expense was to be spared.’
Source: Daily Mail