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

Jury rules in favor of Led Zeppelin in 'Stairway To Heaven' copyright lawsuit

If the jury decides that "Stairway to Heaven" infringes the copyright of a song by the band Spirit, it could prevent any legacy act from re-releasing any albums.

'Tickled': A new documentary reveals the murky world of competitive endurance tickling

A journalist set out to learn about this odd "sport," and his curiosity led him to a strangely controlling company that invaded his privacy.

Why Hollywood often misses the mark when it comes to portraying disability

Amidst debate about Hollywood's need to be more inclusive of women and ethnic minorities, the disability community often finds itself left out of the discussion.

How the director of 'The Fits' made a quiet movie that says a lot

For her movie about a young girl’s coming of age, Anna Rose Holmer cast a girls dance troupe whose members had never acted in a movie.

Who has Hollywood's leading role in California's presidential primary?

While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders vie for support in the heavily Democratic industry, Republicans largely take a more circumspect approach with Donald Trump.

What made Bryan Cranston go from police work to acting? Girls.

In his life after “Breaking Bad,” Bryan Cranston is busier than ever. He reflects on a life in acting, what he learned from his dad's acting career and how he advi

Greg Kalleres' play, 'Honky,' targets racism in advertising and in our culture at-large

The play revolves around an advertising copywriter who’s afraid a commercial that he wrote led to a fatal encounter between two black teens over a pair of sneakers.

Netflix is the exclusive home to Disney films starting in September

The streaming service will have the exclusive rights to stream Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Animation Studios titles released in 2016 and onward.

In 'Song of Lahore,' Pakistani musicians fight social stigma to play the music they love

The new documentary "Song of Lahore" tells how traditional Pakistani musicians found a new audience through YouTube after decades of local suppression.

'The Muppets,' 'Castle,' among TV shows canceled ahead of 2016 Upfronts

A bevy of shows have been canceled as TV networks prepare to woo advertisers at a series of presentations in New York next week

Trump is more Schwarzenegger than Al Franken on campaign trail

Trump forged a celebrity character on "The Apprentice," and the way he's using it on the campaign trail is strikingly similar to what Schwarzenegger did with his "Terminator" character.

Amazon goes head-to-head with YouTube with a video service

Bloomberg News technology reporter Spencer Soper explains how Amazon will now allow people to upload videos to its site, putting it in direct competition with YouTube

Why consumers are the real losers in the Ticketmaster lawsuit

The event ticketing company agreed to settle for $45 million after it overcharged customers on ticket fees — but concert fans won't get much back.

Alan Mandell and Barry McGovern get up close and personal with Samuel Beckett

The actors play the leads in a current production of "Endgame," which continues their deep connection to the playwright and his work.

Youtube moves to break into the cord-cutting business

At the company's NewFronts presentation in New York, the company's CEO boasted about the website's enormous user base and continued to court advertisers.