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

Composer Carter Burwell says most directors don't care if a score is 'good' or 'interesting'

You might think a director would be adamant that his or her film would also have really good music to accompany the story, but Burwell says that's rarely the case.

Lack of snow almost derailed the filming of Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'

Producer Stacey Sher talks about the challenges that arose from shooting "The Hateful Eight" on location at 9,600 feet above sea level.

The R2-D2 Builders Club takes Star Wars fandom to the next level

In the world of Star Wars fanatics, you have collectors, cos-players. And then you have people who take their fandom to the next level: Members of the R2 Builders Club.

How anesthesia led Mary Steenburgen to the accordion

When "The Last Man on Earth" actress underwent surgery at the age of 54, she awoke with a strange desire to learn and write music.

'You're The Worst' creator Stephen Falk went from TV re-capper to hit TV showrunner

The creator of the FXX series has had the worst and best Hollywood experiences: a series that was canceled before airing, and now a show that's been picked up for a third season.

In 'Nathan For You,' bad business schemes reveal an endearing display of humanity

Nathan Fielder, the comic behind "Dumb Starbucks," offers real advice to business owners on his Comedy Central docu-reality TV show.

With no projects in the works, 'Youth' star Michael Caine considers himself retired

Michael Caine says the happiest he's ever been with a role has been in "Youth," where he plays a retired classical music composer and conductor.

Playwright Young Jean Lee's 'Straight White Men' examines the ethics of privilege

As a Korean immigrant, Lee grew up as an outsider in Washington state, but now she can recognize her own privilege.

Spike Lee on diversity in Hollywood: 'If you’re not in the room, you don't have a vote'

The filmmaker has made films both inside and outside the studio system. His latest, "Chi-Raq," was made in partnership with Amazon.

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.