Michelle Lanz Associate Producer, The Frame

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Michelle Lanz is the Associate Producer for The Frame, KPCC's arts, entertainment and culture show. Prior to joining The Frame she worked as the digital producer for KPCC's Take Two and AirTalk shows.

Before coming to KPCC, Michelle worked at KCET as the Associate Producer for New Media, where she developed web content for KCET's programming and steered social media efforts for the station. She was first bitten by the public radio bug as an intern for NPR's Day to Day program in 2008.

She has also worked as an editor for MSN's Wonderwall entertainment site, as a web producer for Marketplace and as a contributing editor to the L.A. Times’ Metromix publication.

Lanz earned her master's degree in journalism in 2009 from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School.

Stories by Michelle Lanz

Pixar's Ed Catmull says innovation and community is key to studio's success

The pioneering computer scientist helped build Pixar into the empire it is today, but he understands the need to constantly innovate.

'Toy Story' at 20: How Pixar gambled on computer animation and changed movie history

Pixar was the first studio to release a computer-animated feature. The company's commitment to storytelling is key to its success.

'The Hunting Ground' documents epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses

Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering talk about the making of their documentary and how they gained the trust of their subjects.

'Jessica Jones': Netflix's even darker spin on Marvel superhero noir

Writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg says she was attracted to the project by being able to write about a woman who is multi-leveled, complex and sexual being.

Why are TV networks waiting to pull the trigger on struggling new shows?

At this point in almost any other TV season, a number of shows on the broadcast networks would have been canceled. But these days it’s not happening. At least not yet.

Keeping a 'Star Wars' secret is serious business for Disney

Publication of a companion book to "The Force Awakens" will be delayed in hopes of avoiding spoilers.

Light In The Attic Records revives long-lost 'Songs From Suicide Bridge'

We get the story behind an obscure but deserving folk album from the label’s reissues producer, Patrick McCarthy.

Scoring horror with 'Saw' and 'American Horror Story' composer Charlie Clouser

Composer Charlie Clouser knows exactly how to set a creepy scene. Before he got into scoring for TV and film, Clouser played keyboard in the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. These days he’s best known for his work scoring all seven films in the Saw franchise, as well as the theme song for the FX series American Horror Story.

Hopscotch: Riding through LA in The Industry's mobile opera for 24 cars

In a new production, The LA-based experimental opera company The Industry is taking opera out of the stuffy concert hall and onto the gritty streets of Los Angeles.

'An avoidable mess': Gamergate target Brianna Wu on SxSW cancellations

The influential South by Southwest Interactive conference canceled two panels due to threats of on-site violence. The panels were to address sexism and harassment in the gaming industry.

Mark Mothersbaugh: From Devo to becoming Wes Anderson's composer

The new wave music icon talks about how he got his start in scoring for television, working with a variety of directors, and how important score actually is to TV and film.

'Fargo' creator Noah Hawley: ''No Country For Old Men' is always in my mind'

Hawley says the Coens have an "amazing library of ideas and characters," which helped as he put his own stamp on their 1996 dark comedy.

How director Lenny Abrahamson used his own experience as a parent to help make 'Room'

The Irish filmmaker talks about his collaborative process with 'Room' writer Emma Donoghue and the lessons on parenthood he gave to actress Brie Larson.

'Bitch Planet' writer Kelly Sue DeConnick gives tips for breaking into comics

DeConnick, who revamped the Captain Marvel series, has succeeded with the biggest comic book publishers and with indie imprints that provide more freedom.

Jeff Russo tried to avoid scoring "Fargo" like a TV show

Composer Jeff Russo says, "Television turns away from music because they use music as a crutch" due to time and budget, but with "Fargo," they tried to make it cinematic.