John Horn Host, The Frame

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John Horn is the host of KPCC’s The Frame, a daily arts and entertainment program.

John has been covering arts and entertainment in Southern California for nearly 30 years. At the Los Angeles Times, he was a lead writer on the film industry for more than a decade, taking readers behind the scenes to examine the creative process and explain how Hollywood works, and why. In 2013, he traveled to the former plantation where “12 Years a Slave” was filmed with director Steve McQueen, and more recently charted how the story of Columbine came to a stage in New York and watched Angelina Jolie take on her first big studio directing job, the "Unbroken” story of Olympian and USC alumnus Louis Zamperini.

Before joining the Times, John was a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a senior editor at Premiere magazine, an entertainment reporter for The Associated Press, and covered the television industry for the Orange County Register. John’s interest in the arts extends beyond film and he served on the board of directors of The National Arts Journalism Program, where he was a fellow in the mid-1990s.

John was a regular contributor to “The Business” on KCRW, where he also regularly co-hosted on-air segments and podcasts on entertainment news. Prior to joining KPCC, John was a guest on Take Two and AirTalk, including a memorable appearance in 2012 on the morning of the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. Thanks in part to John’s contribution, that day’s program won a Golden Mike award for best live coverage of a news story from the RTNA of Southern California.

Stories by John Horn

America Ferrera nearly quit acting to be an activist - now she does both

The star and a producer of the NBC comedy, "Superstore," recently worked on a documentary series called "America Divided" to examine U.S. immigration policy.

'Newtown' documentary explores aftermath of Sandy Hook shooting

The documentary "Newtown" chronicles the lingering effect of the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in hopes of keeping the topic of gun violence in the public conversation.

Why NBC sat on the 'Access Hollywood' Trump tape

Despite having the "Access Hollywood" Trump tape days before the story broke, NBC wasn't first to publish. TV writer Mareesa Guthrie and attorney Susan Seager explain why.

Dispatch from 'Oldchella': Baby boomers, politics and fine dining

The opening weekend of new music festival Desert Trip featured a lineup of veteran rockstars, fine dining options and more than a few walkers.

'For The Record': a stage show built around classic pop songs from movies

The show is part cabaret, part concert, but the main focus is to highlight great filmmakers and the music they use.

'Cameraperson' is a cinematic scrapbook of joy and horror

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has woven together 25 years of documentary footage into a visual memoir of the moments that marked her.

'American Honey' director Andrea Arnold scouted talent in unusual places

The British director wanted some untrained performers for her film, and found her lead actress, Sasha Lane, on a beach in Florida.

'Funny or Die' wants to make PSAs people 'actually want to watch'

Brad Jenkins, who runs Funny or Die's D.C. office, discusses how they make politics funny, and the fine line between making entertainment and propaganda.

'Queen of Katwe' director Mira Nair brings a different African story to Hollywood

Nair says most Hollywood films about Africa treat the country as a backdrop. She wants to change that with this true story of a Ugandan chess prodigy.

ShondaLand partner Betsy Beers was raised by TV

Shonda Rhimes' partner watched TV "secretly" when she was a movie producer. Now, television is having a moment, and so is she.

Diavolo blends dance, architecture and real danger

Founder and artistic director Jacques Heim calls his company "the NFL of dance." His members work with giant custom props that can launch them into the air — or crush them.

How Lucy Alibar's Southern childhood became fodder for the stage

After she co-wrote the Oscar-nominated "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Lucy Alibar began thinking about parenting — and her own influential father.

Can Pandora and Amazon disrupt the streaming music business?

Watch out Spotify and Apple Music: Pandora and Amazon are planning lower cost streaming music options.

How hidden biases hurt women (and lots of other people) in Hollywood

How does one person get hired over another for a Hollywood job? Certainly you’d factor in talent, personality, recommendations, but what about the unconscious biases of the person doing the hiring?

Rediscovering a love of theater at the Edinburgh festivals

'The Frame' host John Horn brings us a sound rich story from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he immersed himself in theater, music and comedy, and emerged with a renewed love of performance.