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On Point LIVE

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Crawford Family Forum
On Point with Meghna Chakrabarti

Missed the event? Listen to the podcast of the live program here!

The movies we see, the stories that get told, and the lives portrayed on the big screen are slowly changing thanks in part to Franklin Leonard (he/him). He’s the founder of The Black List—a company and production studio that began as an anonymous survey searching for the best screenplays that didn't make it to film. It's now a place producers go to find the movies they should be making.

On July 12, On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti (she/her) sits down with him to discuss the legacy of The Black List, equity in Hollywood, and the future of the industry he’s trying to change.

On Point is produced by WBUR, and distributed by APM. It can be heard on over 290 stations, including 89.3 KPCC, weekdays at 9:00 p.m.

This event is part of KPCC’s Public Radio Palooza, a year-long celebration of all the ways public radio brings us together, featuring some of the most legendary and innovative creators in the public media landscape.

Meghna Chakrabarti serves as host and editor of On Point. Based in Boston, she is on the air Monday through Friday. She is the former host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s acclaimed weekday show with a focus on news, in-depth interviews with extraordinary people, and analysis on broader issues that have an impact on Boston and beyond. She has also been the host of Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaboration of WBUR and The New York Times (2016-2020) and was the primary fill-in host for Here & Now, NPR and WBUR's midday show heard on more than 450 stations nationwide. Before taking the helm at Radio Boston in 2010, she reported on New England transportation and energy issues for WBUR’s news department. She also produced and directed On Point for five years. Chakrabarti has won awards for individual reporting from both the Associated Press and the Radio Television News Directors Association for her writing, hard news reporting, and use of sound. The Asian American Journalists Association awarded Chakrabarti and her team the national excellence in radio/audio award for Radio Boston's special series on the eviction crisis in East Boston. On Point won the 2021 National Edward R. Murrow award for best news documentary for What the President Knew. The show examined presidential decision-making before 9/11 and the COVID pandemic. It takes listeners inside the Oval Office and Situation Room to understand why presidents sometimes hesitate to act when Americans are in danger. A former fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting, Chakrabarti holds bachelor’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Oregon State University (summa cum laude), as well as a master’s degree in environmental science and risk management from Harvard University, and an MBA with honors from Boston University. She is the mother of two bright sparks, and the lucky spouse of a wise and patient man.

Franklin Leonard is a film and television producer, cultural commentator, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of the Black List, the company that celebrates and supports great screenwriting and the writers who do it via film production, its annual survey of best unproduced screenplays, online marketplace, writer incubators, and live events. More than 400 scripts from the annual Black List survey have been produced as feature films earning more than 250 Academy Award nominations and 50 wins including four of the last thirteen Best Pictures and eleven of the last twenty-four screenwriting Oscars. Franklin has worked in feature film development at Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, and Leonardo DiCaprio. He has been a juror at the Sundance, Toronto, and Mumbai Film Festivals, one of Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35, Black Enterprise magazine’s “40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future,” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” The recipient of the 2019 Writers Guild of America, East (WGAe) Evelyn Burkey award for elevating the honor and dignity of screenwriters, he is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Executives branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). He is a frequent conference and corporate speaker including keynote appearances at TBWA/Media Arts Lab, Warby Parker, Betterment, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. His TED talk has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff, and artists, event attendees must present a photo ID and proof of COVID vaccination (including booster) before entering the building. Masks are required while indoors during all events.

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