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On The Lot: Diversity in Hollywood, Disney animation and more

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Still from the Disney animated film, "Frozen."

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Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times. 

We start with a study of racial diversity in popular film. It's a pretty big study, and the news is not all that great. What's the headline here?

There were a lot of interesting breakdowns in this study, including the fact that although just a little over half those who go to the movies are white, more than three-quarters of all speaking roles went to white actors. And Latinos — who are big movie goers — they were way down the list on speaking roles, right?

The study found a strong connection between the race of the film's director and the race of the cast. Tell us about that? Seems like this is going to be a long-term problem, since directors remain overwhelming white and male, right?

Why did the study not factor in independent films? The movie biz is about making money. How much it can it be counted on to spark racial diversity at the expense of profits?

Moving on to movie music, you profiled a songwriting duo that has a what looks to be a hit in "Let It Go" for the upcoming Disney film, "Frozen."  

For animated films, especially around the holidays, a great song can not make the movie memorable but actually help move the story along by leaps and bounds. Before it became "Let it Go", the song had an interesting description for what the directors wanted it to be.