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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
How do you teach actors to sing like animals? This was the veteran's task when he signed on as executive music producer for the new animated film, “Sing."
The '60s act The Turtles have successfully fought a law that only gives copyright protection to songs created after 1972, but one of those decisions has just been overturned.
Boston native Dennis Lehane likes to stick close to home for his stories, though "Live by Night" is set in Florida. He says L.A. belongs to other writers.
The documentary takes audiences into the shadowy world of cyber warfare, a topic that feels more relevant than ever after Russia's alleged hack of the Democratic National Committee.
The musical duo known as Stew and Heidi wrote a stage show that is inspired by writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin.
The President-elect will retain his executive producer credit on the series, and the resulting income, but could this cause eventual conflicts for NBC?
In addition to artist innovations on various platforms, revenue from streaming this year will overtake music downloads and CD sales by a wide margin.
Emily Friedlander of Vice Media says there are underground music communities around the country and that the scene is L.A. is "very large and very active."
Sandra Bernhard brings the raucous style of her one-woman stage shows to radio with her SiriusXM talk show "Sandyland."
For playwright Alena Smith, the anxieties of being an artist are similar to the effects of global warming, which is the subject of her new play.
There's a bumper crop this year of lower budget movies that were made outside the studio system.
The singer-songwriter has made it her life’s work to study the regional music of the United States, and that fit perfectly with playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes' story.
The filmmaker sent her script to James L. Brooks, who signed on to produce "The Edge of Seventeen" and suggested that she also direct.
Eric Heisserer wanted to be factual to the scientific world while engaging audiences in the story of a single mom thrown into a global crisis.
Donald Margulies isn’t the son of Holocaust survivors but a childhood friend is. And they were the inspiration for his play, “The Model Apartment.”