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NPR Tags Along with Hollywood Location Scouts

In the spirit of shining the spotlight on some of the professional film ranks that will be nowhere near the Oscar red carpet this Sunday, NPR Morning Edition reporter Susan Stamberg today shared a breezy look at what it’s like to work as a location scout on a big Hollywood movie.

Much of her report focuses on the Cameron Crowe adaptation We Bought a Zoo starring Matt Damon. It evidently helps to have Damon walking around your location, because one Los Feliz resident irked at a two-day street closure says she was soon calmed down by the repeated sight of the affable Hollywood star. There’s also this great Michael Bay anecdote from Zoo location scout Lori Balton:

Balton says working with Bay on Pearl Harbor was a challenge. “He said, ‘I want something white. It’s gotta be white, it’s gotta be white, it’s gotta be white.’ Oh, week after week, into months, we’re looking for white, white, white.

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Public Radio Drama

npr_logo[1shrink.jpgThere’s growing tension between National Public Radio and its member stations. The NPR is facing a budget crisis and has employeed a number of cost-cutting strategies- strategies some fear could hurt local stations. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Some member stations fear NPR budget cuts might hurt the quality of marquee public radio shows “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” making it harder for local stations to raise funds during those shows, which typically bring in the lion’s share of listener donations and corporate underwriting. In addition, the cost-cutting has reignited long-simmering fears that NPR will grab the bulk of online listeners, at the expense of individual station Web sites.

The tensions have been exacerbated by an email, making the rounds in public-radio circles, written by Ruth Seymour, general manager of KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif., one of NPR’s biggest and most influential member stations.

“We have our own programs to consider, our staffs to protect, and local communities to answer to,” wrote Ms. Seymour in an email sent last week to NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg. The email was sent after it was learned that Ms. Stamberg and “All Things Considered” cohost Melissa Block had suggested in an NPR staff meeting that member stations hold fund drives directly for NPR.

Found via Gary Scott