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

Don't judge CW's musical comedy series 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' by its clichéd title

The show's co-creator, Aline Brosh McKenna, turns the rom-com genre against itself in her new musical comedy series for the CW network.

Censored filmmaker Jafar Panahi defies Iranian government to release 'Taxi'

In the movie, Panahi poses as a taxi driver in Tehran, picking up passengers from all walks of life. A series of cameras mounted on the dashboard capture the action and the conversations that take place inside his cab.

How filmmaker Maria Giese helped spark a federal investigation into Hollywood hiring practices

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is examining the film industry after a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Can TiVo stay relevant in today's TV-watching (and streaming) marketplace?

In an era of cord-cutting and standalone streaming platforms, what’s the need for a digital video recorder?

Director Ridley Scott says 'The Martian' isn't science fiction, it's science fact

The new movie, which opened to rave reviews and big box office, is based on the book of the same name by author Andy Weir.

Awesome Tapes from Africa brings obscure musicians to a wider audience

Ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz turned his African music blog into a record label, which distributes and promotes the work of artists from across the continent.

For composer Derrick Spiva, music is all about movement

Whether he's writing for synchronized swimmers or dancers performing to African- and Indian-influenced sounds, Spiva keeps rhythm top of mind.

The rom-com 'Sleeping With Other People' uses sex as a subject, not a punchline

“Sleeping with Other People” is produced by the company Gloria Sanchez -- that’s the women’s division of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s company, Gary Sanchez.

Light in the Attic Records' reissues bring long-lost tunes to a new audience

The specialty label puts painstaking detail into each album’s packaging, to give the listener a complete picture of why a particular recording is important.

Composer David Newman remembers playing violin for John Williams's 'E.T.' score

This weekend, Angelenos have the unique opportunity to hear John Williams’s score to "E.T." performed live by the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

Jonathan Ames turns Patrick Stewart into an impulsive, hard-drinking newsman in 'Blunt Talk'

Jonathan Ames wrote the part of Walter Blunt specifically for Patrick Stewart, after Ames was approached by the series executive producer, Seth MacFarlane.

With Diane Coffee, Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming steps out in front of the kit

Shaun Fleming (aka Diane Coffee) on how he became the drummer for Foxygen, how he writes songs for Diane Coffee and how a sense of place affects his songwriting.

Lake Bell on the challenges of navigating motherhood, a film career and being a workaholic

The actress and filmmaker talks about the impact that having a daughter has had on her approach to work, and the rigorous ways in which she approaches directing.

'Bessie' producer Lili Fini Zanuck says 'women don't help women' enough in Hollywood

With an Academy Award on her resumé and now 12 Emmy nominations for "Bessie," Zanuck laments that women don't help each other enough.

Warner Bros. eyes deal to produce Chinese-language films in China

These “local language productions” have been made by American studios around the globe but not on the scale that Warner Bros. is proposing.