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We travel out of the studio to the Birds & Animals Unlimited ranch where we meet Mathilde de Cagney and David Sousa, two of Hollywood's top animal trainers and some of their furry or feathered stars. Plus, a story from comedian Sharon Houston who toils in a job she hates but just can't quit.

Banner image: Animal trainer Mathilde de Cagney with Cosmo, aka Arthur, from the movie Beginners

Producers:
Lea Thau

Main Topic Daytime TV Gig 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Comedian Sharon Houston's story comes to us from Lea Thau's storytelling podcast Strangers, part of KCRW's Independent Producer Project. Houston discusses her ambivalent relationship with her day job as a segment producer for Daytime Court TV. You can hear a longer version of this story on the Strangers episode, Sharon Houston: And Justice for All?

Guests:
Sharon Houston, comedian (@daytimejustice)

Banter The Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN, 49 SEC

Kim Masters banters about top Hollywood news stories with John Horn, film writer for the Los Angeles Times.
- Is Channing Tatum the movie star Hollywood's been waiting for?
- Tom Cruise in the news again could have business blowback

Main Topic Animal Trainers 15 MIN, 24 SEC

We travel to the ranch of Birds & Animals Unlimited, an agency that has managed feathered and furry talent working in Hollywood for 40 years. Kim Masters talks with Mathilde de Cagney, the animal trainer specializing in dogs whose credits include TV shows like Frasier and movies like Marley & Me, Hugo and Beginners; and David Sousa, an animal trainer who's worked with the owls on the Harry Potter films and the reindeer in Fred Claus.

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Mathilde de Cagney telling Kim how she works with Clyde, aka 'Marley,' of Marley & Me

 

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David Sousa with Crash the Owl.
This is the same kind of owl that Sousa trained for the Harry Potter movies

 

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Mathilde de Cagney with a goat she trained for the Sacha Baron Cohen movie, The Dictator

Guests:
Mathilde de Cagny, animal trainer
David Sousa, animal trainer

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