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

Julianne Moore hopes her role in 'Still Alice' changes the stigma surrounding Alzheimer's

The actress talks about her emotional role and the movie's potential to change the conversation and stigma surrounding the disease.

'Exodus' critics say Hollywood needs a 'broader template' when casting

Ridley Scott's latest film has been widely criticized for casting caucasian actors as Egyptians, while relegating people of color to play slaves and background characters.

Taking risks in Hollywood pays off for some Screen Actors Guild Award nominees

When you look at the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild awards, it’s evident that several performers who made a big bet on themselves got a big payoff.

Art Basel Miami through the eyes of a LACMA curator

The county museum's chief curator of contemporary art, Franklin Sirmans, talks about this year's fair and the whirlwind intersection of art and nightlife.

Alexandre Desplat on scoring 'The Imitation Game' and fighting composer's block

He's scored two films that won best picture Oscars, but he's never won for one of his scores, despite being nominated six times. Could this be his year?

Kevin Costner's timely 'Black or White' enters the nation's racial debate

The film is centered on a widowed grandfather who fights to retain custody of his bi-racial granddaughter. How much does race fuel each side's case?

Reese Witherspoon's quest to find more 'complex' leading roles for women

The actress and her producing partner, Bruna Papandrea, talk "Wild" and how they're on the hunt for more interesting and challenging stories and scripts.

'The Imitation Game': Benedict Cumberbatch couldn't 'bear the tragedy' of Alan Turing

The actor talks about how much he knew about the WWII codebreaker before taking the role, whether or not motion capture is "real" acting, and more.

'Stop Kiss': Playhouse director makes risky debut with lesbian love story

Seema Sueko, director of the Pasadena Playhouse's run of 'Stop Kiss,' talks about how the audience response to her directorial debut exceeded all of her expectations.

'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night': The world's first Iranian vampire Western

Director Ana Lily Amirpour talks about her history with horror flicks, the joy of designing characters, and pitching a black-and-white film in Farsi with "a dope soundtrack."

'Atari: Game Over': The true story behind the 'ET' video game debacle

Zak Penn, director of the documentary "Atari: Game Over," talks about unearthing the end of the company and restoring the legacy of its maligned designer, Howard Scott Warshaw.

Why it took Disney 18 years to bring 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' to the U.S. stage

Tom Schumacher, who runs Disney's theatrical division, explains why the company is taking a chance on a title that was not a huge movie hit.

Stephen Hawking told 'The Theory of Everything' director the biopic is 'broadly true'

We caught up with director James Marsh to talk about how he chose Eddie Redmayne for the role of Hawking and what it was like to screen the film for the physicist.

How the 'Foxcatcher' script came together as a dark, macho love triangle

Screenwriters E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman talk about the unusual collaboration through which they created the script for "Foxcatcher."

'Banksy Does New York': HBO doc asks, 'What is public space now'?

Director Chris Moukarbel talks about the challenges of using social media to help make his documentary, and the multiple layers of social commentary in Banksy's work.