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January 01, 1990 - December 05, 2012 + Martini Shot

Zoom Up listen Download

www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/ma/ma061025zoom_up
I only know one way to pitch a show, and that's to pitch the story of the pilot.  That, of course, is how the audience...

Talking out of School listen

www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/ma/ma061011talking_out_of_schoo
I went to a lunch the other day hosted by a very high-up-there studio executive who works with a lot of writers.  It was a...

Your Melon listen

www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/ma/ma061004your_melon
This is for the guy driving the BMW 5 Series, with a show on the air, a show that premiered sometime in the past few...

Friends in the Room listen

www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/ma/ma060920friends_in_the_room
I was having lunch with a friend of mine the other day.  And he suddenly looked up from his Cobb salad. "Oh, here's something I...

Shoot it Single Camera listen Download

www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/ma/ma060913shoot_it_single_came-0

Grey Hair listen Download

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I went away for a few weeks this summer, and I grew a beard.  I didn’t plan to grow it. I just planned not to...

Big Agent listen Download

www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/ma/ma060823big_agent-0
So, here's what went down a few weeks ago. Maybe you read about it. My agent, and his entire agency, were bought by...

Summer Sign-Up 2006 listen

www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/ma/ma060816summer_sign-up_2006

Room Tone listen Download

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Here's a bit of technical background. One of the things you need to record, when you're shooting on a soundstage, or for that matter,...

It's Tepid! listen Download

www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/ma/ma060802its_tepid
In the summer, all of the big media moguls gather in Sun Valley for a conference put on by investment banker Herb Allen. I couldn't...

Big Money listen

www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/ma/ma060726big_money
Let me ask you a question: if someone gave you, say, 50 million dollars today, would you think that's a lot of money? ...

Two or Twenty Minutes listen

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In pretty much any kind of labor dispute, I instinctively side with management. This, I know, is a character flaw, and yet I can't...

House in a House listen

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Sometimes when I'm reading a magazine article, or one of those awful New York Times news analysis pieces, the reporter will feel compelled to say,...

Pineapple Rice

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Pineapple Rice listen

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I have a friend who's an excellent chef. The other parents at her kid's school know that she's a great cook, and so at some...