The Business is the show about the business of show business. It goes beyond the glitz and glamour to the who, what, why and how of making movies and TV. The Business is hosted by respected entertainment industry journalist Kim Masters of the Hollywood Reporter and produced by KCRW. Each week The Business features an analysis of top Hollywood news with John Horn of the Los Angeles Times, in-depth interviews and the occasional feature story. (He and Masters can also be heard Thursdays at 4:44 on Hollywood Breakdown.)
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Why filmmaker Noah Baumbach stripped down the set, crew and budget for his new movie, Frances Ha. Plus, the life the lowly PA.
Marc Maron reinvigorated his lagging comedy career with his podcast WTF. Now he's translated that life into scripted TV comedy.
Zach Braff defends his use of Kickstarter.
How the Oscar-nominated Norwegian film "Kon-Tiki" was simultaneously shot in English. Plus, the story of "Unmade in China."
From binge viewing to streaming, Joshua Topolsky on how tech innovation is changing the way we watch TV and movies.
How indie filmmaker Adam Leon made his gritty indie film. Plus, the Hollywood power lunch isn't about the food.
Danny Boyle directs his new film "Trance" while also creating the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance on Ryan Gosling and the art/business balance of movie-making.
An Aboriginal director on his hit Aussie film, "The Sapphires." Plus a VFX business update.
'Top Chef's' Richard Blais talks about being a TV chef. Plus, hacking Hollywood.
Making preschool TV: We talk "Sesame Street," Disney Junior and focus groups.
Why Participant Media made an action film with meaning, starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.
Visual effects pros share their woes, and 2012 Academy Award winners reflect on their life with Oscar.
Reality producer Monica Martino's harrowing experience on Bamazon leads her to call for action in the reality TV business.
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Kim Masters is Editor-at-Large of the Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW's The Business. A former correspondent for NPR, she has also served as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Time and Esquire, and was a staff reporter for the Washington Post. She is the author of The Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner and the Fall of Everybody Else and co-author, with Nancy Griffin, of Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood.
Masters was named Entertainment Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club in June 2011 and Print Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club in June 2012. In May 2012, The Business received a Gracie Award for Outstanding Talk Show. Most recently, Masters was named Entertainment Journalist of the Year at the LA Press Club's National Entertainment Journalism Awards in November 2012.
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