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These days it involves pixels instead of paper but if you're a working actor, you still need a good headshot -- which means there are still photographers who specialize in capturing that perfect picture. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez spent time with some headshot pros, and tells us how the industry's evolving. And if you have a Thursday-night viewing habit that includes Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and/or How to Get Away with Murder, you are watching shows from Shonda Rhimes and our guest, producer Betsy Beers. Beers tells us how she moved from acting to film development to producing one of the most popular nights on television. Plus, an awards-themed Hollywood news banter.

Photo: Actor Rob Nagle and headshot photographer Stephanie Girard in a photo shoot. (Saul Gonzalez)

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 10 MIN, 43 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • Typically by this time of year, there's a clear awards front-runner, but this year the field still feels wide open.
  • And The Martian, a film that contains a few funny lines, but is most definitely a drama, will compete in the comedy category at the Golden Globes.

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

More:
'The Awards Pundits' on 'The Big Short,' Oscar narratives and Golden Globes categories
For Golden Globes, 'Martian' and 'Joy' are comedies, 'Trumbo' moves to drama

Headshots Go from Paper to Pixels 7 MIN, 11 SEC

Even as Hollywood evolves, with movies seen on the smartphone screen as well as big screen, and fans asking celebrities for selfies instead of autographs, the headshot -- and its importance -- endures. Saul Gonzalez checks in on this staple of the industry as it adapts with the times.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Betsy Beers, Executive Producer of Shondaland 9 MIN

Betsy Beers tells us about her career evolution -- she was an actress who moved to LA with hopes of getting cast as a "wacky next door neighbor" in a sitcom. When that didn't pan out, she started reading scripts and got into film development. Beers says she has always been a secret lover of television, but growing up, TV was always viewed as the lesser industry compared to film. Then, she met Shonda Rhimes. The two hit it off immediately, and 12 seasons of Grey's Anatomy later, they haven't looked back.


Betsy Beers

Guests:
Betsy Beers, television producer (@BeersBetsy)

More:
Listen to Betsy Beer's conversation on KCRW's podcast 'The Spin-Off'

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