FROM Jonathan King
Participant Media Makes 'Snitch' Participant Media is known as the socially-conscious production company whose emphasis on the bottom line is matched with an equal emphasis on social good. We talk with Jonathan King, Executive Vice President of Production at Participant, and stunt man turned filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh about their new movie, Snitch . The film stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and while it has action and elaborate stunts it's also an issue drama that hopes to raise awareness and activism over mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?