Hollywood, The Sequel

The pandemic has stopped Hollywood in its tracks. Production is at a standstill. The financial ecosystem is disrupted. And the industry’s power structure is being challenged by the new and growing social justice movement and its demands for equity, access and representation. So how will Hollywood adapt and evolve? Will it take this opportunity to make transformational change?

Hollywood, The Sequel is a limited-run podcast series in which veteran film journalist John Horn asks some of the entertainment industry’s most influential artists and executives how Hollywood could and should reinvent itself.

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EPISODE 4“Hollywood’s Loss Is Hollywood’s Gain” with Jason Reed
When work resumes in Hollywood, the business of show business will be very different, from how films are made, to where they’re shown, to what defines a box office hit. “Mulan” Producer Jason Reed is dealing with those challenges now, as he waits for the much-delayed release of his film. But he’s hopeful that some of the changes will lead to lasting solutions to Hollywood’s problems. He’s advocating for better financial support for the freelancers who are the backbone of Hollywood’s gig economy. He’s also calling for changes in the executive suites, so that more diverse voices can “shift the dominant paradigm.” Hollywood, The Sequel sponsors include: Stream We Are Freestyle Love Supreme beginning July 17, only on Hulu
EPISODE 3“First Responder Filmmaking” with Kenya Barris
With his comedy series  “Black-ish” and  “#blackAF,” Kenya Barris has never avoided difficult conversations about race. Entertainment, especially comedy, he says, will push those conversations forward, but there need to be many more versions of what Black lives and other underrepresented experiences look like. Hollywood, The Sequel sponsors include: HBO: Watch Emmy®-eligible programs from HBO athbofyc.com
EPISODE 2“Big Checks and Bandaids Won’t Do It” with Ava DuVernay
Just as advocates for meaningful police reform say you can't simply reassemble broken pieces, Ava DuVernay argues that reform won’t be enough to fix Hollywood. The director of “Selma” and “When They See Us” believes it’ll take drastic change in the executive suites of the networks and studios if Hollywood wants to rid itself of bias.  HBO: Watch Emmy®-eligible programs from HBO at hbofyc.com  
EPISODE 1"The Personal is Political" with Kerry Washington
The ACLU lawyers in “The Fight,” Kerry Washington’s new documentary, want justice for all. And so, too, does Washington. The actor and producer says when work begins again, it won't be enough for Hollywood to be not racist. It has to be actively anti-racist if the industry wants to be an agent of change. 
Welcome to Hollywood, The Sequel
Introducing a new podcast from LAist Studios hosted by John Horn. Entertainment decision makers, celebrities, creators and beyond discuss how to fix Hollywood.
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Meet The Team
John HornJohn Horn is the host of LAist Studios podcast “Hollywood, The Sequel” and hosts KPCC’s arts program “The Frame.” Horn previously was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the film business for more than a decade. Before joining The Times, Horn was a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a senior editor at Premiere magazine, an entertainment reporter for The Associated Press and a television reporter for the Orange County Register. He is an honors graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Dramatic Arts.
Shelley LewisShelley Lewis is Executive Producer of "Hollywood, The Sequel." Previously, she’s been executive producer of “Freakonomics Radio” and numerous live programs for WNYC Radio. She was co-creator of Air America Radio. In television, Lewis was EVP of Programming for Current TV, and before that executive produced programs for PBS, CNN, NBC News and ABC News, where she was executive producer of Good Morning America, among other shows. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in film and television.
Eduardo PerezEduardo Perez is the mixing and mastering engineer for "Hollywood, The Sequel." Eduardo also works on KPCC’s The Frame, and has produced, mixed, and sound-designed for various digital/commercial media outlets. He’s a native Angeleno who loves to collaborate with storytellers and creative minds alike.
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