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

Study shows impact TV crime dramas have on perception of police use of force

A recent study shows that fictional TV crime dramas have a significant impact on our attitudes about police, specifically when it comes to use their use of force.

'BoJack Horseman' season 3 is inspired by creator's love/hate of the Oscars

Raphael Bob-Waksberg is an avid follower of The Oscars, and wanted this season to explore the machine behind Hollywood’s biggest night.

Werner Herzog takes on the internet: 'People do not read text in context anymore'

Filmmaker Werner Herzog’s new film, “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World,” is a contemplative look at how almost all aspects of our lives are intertwined with the internet.

The reality show 'COPS' is 'the best recruiting tool for policing ever'

Retired police sergeant Randy Sutton says he regularly hears from people who decided to enter law enforcement after watching his appearances on "COPS."

Inside the making of 'COPS,' the longest-running reality show in TV history

Created in 1989 by John Langley and Malcolm Barbour, the show became highly influential for its unscripted, non-narrated format and for providing a glimpse into the lives of police officers.

'Empire' star Taraji P. Henson on the pros and cons of being Cookie

Playing a popular character on a hit show is an actor’s dream, but it can also open the door for some strange interactions out in the real world.

'Southland' writer on depicting the human fallability of the LAPD

While writing 'Southland," Cheo Hodari Coker learned he couldn't "paint cops with one brush."

How 'Law & Order: SVU' producers wrestled with the 'hero cop' trope

Writer, producer and M.D., Neal Baer ran "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" from 2000-2011. He reflects on how relied on consultants for accuracy and why TV creators have a responsibility to the public.

What it takes to be an 'American Ninja Warrior' with stuntwoman Jessie Graff

Graff has been on the show over three seasons but her full-time job is as a stuntwoman for movies like "Transformers" and the "X-Men" films.

'Border Bang': Artist Jorge Gutierrez and the vivid pop culture of the US-Tijuana border

"I didn't know that Mickey Mouse and Mr. T and Elvis didn't hang out," says the artist and animator. "I just got used to seeing them together."

Broad Street: A new production company battles gender inequality in Hollywood

Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas have formed Broad Street Pictures to create more roles for women, both in front of and behind the camera

Bonnie Raitt wanted a career in social justice — then she fell in love with music

In advance of the tour for "Dig in Deep," Bonnie Raitt reflects on her development as a musician, the influence of B.B. King, and her passion for social activism.

Director Paul Greengrass focuses 'Jason Bourne' on issue of cyberespionage

The filmmaker explains that it was Matt Damon who convinced him to give the Bourne character another go, nearly 10 years after the previous movie in the franchise.

'Lights Out' producer Lawrence Grey: 'All big directors secretly want to do a horror film'

Grey says filmmakers will accept a small budget in order to have a lot of control over a large cinematic experience. That's what first-time filmmaker David Sandberg experienced with "Lights Out."

Feds move to seize 'Wolf of Wall Street' assets from Red Granite Pictures

While accepting his Golden Globe award in 2014, Leonardo DiCaprio thanks "Joey, Riz and Jho" from his "Wolf of Wall Street" production team.