Interview With Kris White Part 1: Something Nice Back Home
posted 8 years, 10 months ago. by Audibly Lost to ABC, Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, Interviews, Kris White, Official Lost Podcast, Podcast

UPDATE: To read Part Two of the interview click here.

Any listener of The Official Lost Podcast knows Kris White. He’s the guy who Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, the Executive Producers of Lost, make fun of from time to time.

He also created the podcast, produces it, and does much more. He works in Broadcast Publicity for the Disney ABC Television Group. Podcasts, internet “featurettes” and electronic press kits are all part of what he and his team create to promote the many shows Disney/ABC offers to both fans, casual viewers, and the press.

Kristopher White, 31, spent most of his childhood in Kentucky and always had an interest in art and writing. He was a creative kid. His first grade teacher got mad at him for spending too much time chatting with imaginary friends on the phone. He says this might be why Hurley is one his favorite characters on Lost.

“Creating stories is definitely what I enjoy doing most.” Kris attended the University of Southern California Film School (USC) and earned his Bachelors with an emphasis on Production. Kris has a passion for writing and is hoping to get one of his screenplays produced.

Kris was kind enough to take some time out of his busy finale-filled week and do a Q&A with me about him, his job, and The Official Lost Podcast.

Here is Part 1 of the Q&A:

Audibly Lost (AL): You seemed to have a glimmer of many happy thoughts in a recent video podcast for “Something Nice Back Home.” So tell me Kris, what’s nice back home?

Kris White (KW): “Something Nice Back Home” for me is in Kentucky. That’s principally where I grew up. Though, of course, after I left, my parents went and bought a big ol’ farm with horses and plenty of land to hike and fish on. In other words, they got all the cool stuff after I left. I’m a little bit jealous. But I visit them when I can.

Right now, I live and work in Los Angeles. And instead of riding horses, I get to sit in traffic. Which is about as good, because horses don’t come with satellite radio.

AL: How old are you?

KW: I’m 31. Twice, I’ve recorded podcasts with Damon and Carlton on my actual birthday. But I’ve “neglected” to tell them both times. Not that I don’t want them to sing me an “unapproved happy birthday” song like the one Damon sang to Carlton on his birthday, it’s just I’d rather they be the focus of the podcast, not me. That’s what the fans tune in for.

AL: Since podcasts didn’t even exist ten years ago, did your professional goals evolve through childhood and adolescence?

KW: When I went to college, I was starry-eyed. People would ask me what I wanted to do and I’d say, “direct.” I see that response from a lot of kids going into film school. The thing is, at the time, I really had no idea what else there was out there. And the great thing about USC’s film school is they teach you first and foremost to tell stories. Then they force you try on the different hats for the people involved in making those stores, from the PA all the way up to the producer.

As I went through school, my goals did change, and I really felt I started to find my voice and what direction I wanted to go. Right now, I’m still writing scripts on the side and hope to get one of them produced. In the meantime, I’m really enjoying the work we do here at Disney ABC. It’s very creative and requires a lot of the skills I’ve learned from film school onward.

AL: What did you do before working with Disney/ABC? When did you start working there?

KW: Before working at Disney/ABC, I held down a variety of jobs. Everything from being a Production Assistant on sitcoms, to helping other writers hone their scripts in Development. When I started at Disney/ABC in 2004, I never imagined I’d be producing podcasts, featurettes and the like for their shows.

In fact, Lost was my first podcast. It was the one that got the whole ball rolling. At the time, I was managing the tape library to help make ends meet. And I said to my boss, “have you heard of this podcasting thing?” Basically, I told her we had to do a podcast for Lost. It was just an obvious fit for me. Plus, as a writer, I really loved the show and wanted to have any part I could in the creative process. The next thing I knew, I was sitting in a small room with the two Executive Producers across from me producing the first podcast. I was a little more than star-struck. I was quaking in my shoes. These guys were writing g-ds to me.

That concludes the first part of the interview. Stay tuned for the second of three parts, to be released early next week, when we will discuss his job, team at ABC/Disney, other shows he promotes and The “Lost in 8:15 & 4:23” videos among other things.

To listen (and see) Kris White in action check out The Official Lost Podcast and The Official Lost Video Podcast on ABC.com.

UPDATE: To read Part Two of the interview click here.

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    That concludes the first part of the interview. Stay tuned for the second of three parts, to be released early next week, when we will discuss his job, team at ABC/Disney, other shows he promotes and The “Lost in 8:15 & 4:23″ videos among other things.