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

How 'X-Files' composer Mark Snow accidentally created its theme song

The "X-Files" composer initially didn't think much of the theme music that came about after he accidentally lowered his elbow onto his keyboard.

'Portlandia' is a 'manifestation' of Carrie Brownstein's formative years in indie rock

"Portlandia" co-creator Carrie Brownstein says the show is a natural outgrowth of her time with Sleater-Kinney and the close-knit indie punk scene.

#OscarsSoWhite: Veteran producer says Academy needs to change quickly or become ‘obsolete’

Movie producer and Motion Picture Academy member Stephanie Allain says Hollywood's diversity problem goes far beyond the Oscars.

Will El Chapo's texts about Sean Penn be dramatized in a future biopic?

No doubt whoever writes the script will include his now famous secret meeting with actor/director Sean Penn.

'Transparent' actress Judith Light 'had concerns' about portraying mature sexuality on TV

Created by Jill Soloway, the Emmy-winning Amazon series has furthered the cultural conversation about gay and transgender people, a cause that Light has been passionate about for decades.

Sarah Silverman: '100 percent of comedians become funny as a means of survival'

Silverman, who drew on her own experience with depression for "I Smile Back," says comedians avoid therapy for fear of no longer being funny if they dig too deep into their psyche.

Diane Warren on writing for Beyonce, Lady Gaga: 'They're not really divas with me'

The songwriter reflects on collaborating with performers, how a song changes (or doesn't) when an artist picks it up, and pitching "I Was Here" to both Simon Cowell and Beyoncé.

Netflix doc 'Winter on Fire' is the 'Les Mis' of the Ukrainian Revolution

Evgeny Afineevky's documentary about the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution is one of the 15 films being considered for an Academy Award nomination.

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.