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

Does TV need an Affordable 'Cable' Act to hold on to millennial subscribers?

With the rise of streaming services, TV audiences have been cutting the cable and satellite cord. Traditional media giants must innovate to survive.

Cinespia: How one 'odd idea' sparked 14 years of filmgoing at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Since 2002, Cinespia has grown into an insanely popular event that brings up to 4,000 people together on picnic blankets every weekend from May to September.

Kate Mara's terrible wig and other reasons why 'Fantastic Four' flopped

The spectacular demise of “Fantastic Four” offers a case study in what can go wrong when a studio rushes a film into production and clashes with its director. Or when a makeup department slaps a random wig on an actress during reshoots,

'The Brink' creators satirize security, avoiding World War 3

Tim Robbins stars as a secretary of state with a thing for prostitutes and alcohol. Between benders, he must deal with a crisis that could spark World War 3.

Broadly: Vice's new women-centric site nixes the comment section to avoid trolls

Editor-in-Chief Tracie Egan Morrissey says Broadly will offer everything from documentary-style videos to in-depth editorials and features.

Composer Reinhold Heil gives Cold War-era tension a modern twist in 'Deutschland 83'

The series hits close to home for Heil, who now works in Los Angeles. Back in the 1980s, he was a young man living in West Berlin.

'Diary of a Teenage Girl' challenges 'virginal princess' tropes by depicting teen sexuality on screen

In "The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” actress Bel Powley plays Minnie, an artsy 15-year-old girl who begins the movie by confessing she’s just had sex for the first time.

Writer Diablo Cody's mother-in-law was the inspiration for 'Ricki and the Flash'

Meryl Streep's character represents a common challenge for women in the entertainment business: balancing work and motherhood.

Lawsuit claims 'Happy Birthday' song should be in the public domain

The song is seldom used on screen because producers have to pay usage fees, but a documentary filmmaker is challenging the copyright.

Conan O'Brien, TBS sued for allegedly poaching jokes from Twitter

Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg filed a lawsuit against the talk show host and his team, claiming they stole jokes from his Twitter feed.

'The Bachelorette': Scoring heartbreak and drama with reality TV composer Brad Segal

The high drama of the show has managed to hold audiences for more than a decade, but that drama is highly reliant on the music cues included in each scene.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gets passport back, plans Germany visit

The government confiscated his passport in 2011 after Ai Weiwei was detained in the Beijing airport and held for 81 days.

Buzzy Sundance films fail to deliver at the box office

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and "Dope," both of which were darlings at this year's Sundance Film Festival, were unable to capitalize on their hype.

YouTube hopes homegrown stars, original content will lure paying subscribers

Can the world's most popular video site leverage its content into an ad-free service that audiences will pay a monthly fee for?

How artist Lisa Hanawalt designed the 'wonky' world of 'BoJack Horseman'

The production designer for the Netflix show discusses her history, as well as the story behind the popular animated series.