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Documentary filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal were thrilled when Independent Television Service said they would fund and distribute their document Citizen Koch. But when the money was suddenly revoked, Lessin and Deal tell Kim Masters how corporate interests seemed to censor their public media project. And KCRW's Jenny Radelet brings us the story of another team of filmmakers' attempt to fund their independent movie through a marketing partnership based on potato chips.

Tia Lessin, Co-Director of "Citizen Koch", @CitizenKochFilm
Carl Deal, Co-Director of 'Citizen Koch'
Jenny Radelet, former producer, KCRW's Independent Producer Project

Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 49 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Michael Schneider, Executive Editor of TV Guide Magazine.

- US Supreme Court says Aereo is a no-go. Broadcast networks rejoice, but how long will victory last?
- Changes at ABC News. David Muir will succeed Diane Sawyer at ‘World News.’ George Stephanopolous will stay at GMA as well as serve as the newly created position of chief anchor. Daytime, rather than evening news, seems to be the place to be.
- Paramount pulls out all the stops to make sure the opening of the newest ‘Transformers’ is a big success...in China.
- The verdict is out in the UK’s phone-hacking trial. Andy Coulson is found guilty, but no charges for Rebekah Brooks.

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

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David Muir to replace Diane Sawyer in ‘World News’ anchor chair
Lights! Camera! China! ‘Transformers’ Knows Its Audience
Andy Coulson found guilty in phone hacking trial; Rebekah Brooks cleared

'Citizen Koch' 14 MIN, 4 SEC

Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers of Trouble The Water, were thrilled when they were promised money and a public broadcast audience from ITVS for their new film, Citizen Koch. The movie follows corporate spending in elections following the US Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case. One of the stories they explore is the role of money from the billionaire Koch brothers in helping Republican governor Scott Walker fend off a recall effort in Wisconsin . But just as Lessin and Deal were wrapping up production, their deal with ITVS started to unravel. Unknown to them at the time, billionaire David Koch sat on the board of WNET, the largest public television station in the country. When Koch expressed concern about the unflattering way he was portrayed in a different PBS documentary called Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, Lessin and Deal say ITVS changed their mind and yanked the promised funds, forcing the filmmakers to go a different route last-minute.

Tia Lessin, Co-Director of "Citizen Koch" (@CitizenKochFilm)
Carl Deal, Co-Director of 'Citizen Koch'

A Word From Our Sponsor: Public television’s attempts to placate David Koch
Paying for ‘Citizen Koch’
ITVS Responds to The New Yorker article on Park Avenue and Citizen Koch

Marketing ‘Beneath the Harvest Sky’ 6 MIN, 14 SEC

When husband and wife team Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly were preparing to make their second film, Beneath the Harvest Sky, they came up with an unusual plan to distribute and market the movie before one frame was even shot. Their idea involved squeezing money, in this case, out of potatoes. KCRW producer Jenny Radelet has the story.

Potato chips used as a marketing tool for 'Beneath the Harvest Sky'

Potato chips used as a marketing tool for 'Beneath the Harvest Sky'

'Beneath the Harvest Sky' promo featured on JetBlue airlines

'Beneath the Harvest Sky' filmmakers Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet

Jenny Radelet, former producer, KCRW's Independent Producer Project

Planting the Seeds on a Marketing Deal


Kim Masters

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