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Greg Poehler, the younger brother of Amy Poehler, had an interest in improv growing up, but changed his mind after seeing his sister struggle to find work. He opted to become a lawyer instead, but now he’s had a change of heart, taking a story based on his real life and bringing it to television. His comedy Welcome to Sweden is on NBC this summer. The show is already a hit in Sweden. Then, Kim Masters talks to two former members of the MPAA ratings board who left that secret society to form their own company advising filmmakers on how to get the rating they want.

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Hollywood News Banter 5 MIN

Kim Masters is joined by Michael Schneider, Executive Editor of TV Guide Magazine to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- With Time Warner Cable and other distributors locked in battle over SportsNet LA, there’s still no Dodgers on TV for most Angelenos
- The fourth ‘Transformers’ was a big win in for Paramount in China, but not without difficulties
- Directors band together to save movie film

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)

Time Warner Cable feeling ill effects of Dodgers channel dispute
‘Transformers’ in China: The Hidden Costs of a $300 Million Hit
Movie Film, at Death’s Door, Gets a Reprieve

‘Welcome to Sweden’ 11 MIN, 38 SEC

NBC’s Welcome to Sweden is something of an unlikely comedy. The summer series features big Swedish stars like Lena Olin and uses subtitles.

Kim Masters talks to the show’s creator Greg Poehler, who is also its star. His older sister Amy is an executive producer on the series.

Growing up, Greg Poehler watched his sister toiling as she tried to break into show business. He went a more conservative route — to law school. Then he fell in love and moved to Sweden, an adventure is the premise of his show.

Poehler plays a former celebrity accountant whose old clients keep popping up and disrupting his new life plans. Among them? Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell and, yes, Amy Poehler.

Greg Poehler, actor, comedian, producer and writer (@GregPoehler)

A Fish Out of Water, for Real and on TV

Film Rating Advisors, Inc. 9 MIN, 5 SEC

The Motion Picture Association of American doesn’t like to reveal much about the workings of the ratings board that assigns those PG-13’s and R’s and sometimes the dreaded NC-17’s to films.

Now, two former members of the MPAA ratings board have left their posts and formed Film Ratings Advisors, Inc.

Barry Freeman and Howard Fridkin say that instead of taking a movie straight to the MPAA and possibly coming away with an undesirable rating, filmmakers can come to them for advice.

Kim Masters talks to Freeman and Fridkin about why the MPAA rating board’s decisions can sometimes seem arbitrary, and what a filmmaker has to gain by going to an outsider first.

Barry Freeman, Film Rating Advisors, Inc. (@FRA_Inc)
Howard Fridkin, Film Rating Advisors, Inc. (@FRA_Inc)

Film Ratings Advisors, Inc.
MPAA Alums Launch Service to Help Filmmakers Avoid R Ratings


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