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January 01, 1990 - July 06, 2013 + The Business

Updating 'Idol' listen Download

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We talk to Fox reality czar Mike Darnell about changes to that American TV behemoth, American Idol.

Disney Chair Dick Cook; Sweeps Week listen Download

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Kim Masters joins the show as host today. A scary question for the Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios: will DVD sales ever bounce back?...

Times Fights to Be 'Company Town' Paper; 'Fanboys' Fight listen Download

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The Los Angeles Times fights to be the newspaper of record in our “company town.” Plus, the epic battle over the Star Wars-fan movie Fanboys.

Oscar Assumptions; SAG Saga, Part Duh listen Download

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Assumptions may make an *%$@! out of you and me…but not during the Academy Awards.  We talk about how once again the safe bets paid off...

Rupert Murdoch, 'the Man Who Owns the News'...and a Lot of Hollywood listen Download

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We go inside the secret world of media mogul Rupert Murdoch,  “the man who owns the news”…and a lot of Hollywood.

Technology and the Business listen Download

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This week, we talk about the Oscars' sci-tech awards and ask: Why do Hollywood's techo geeks have to sit at the kid's table? Plus, producer...

Do You Recognize This Man?; Sumner's Discontent listen Download

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Getting famous isn't all its cracked up to be. Just ask Peter Jacobson, aka Dr. Chris Taub on the Fox hit, House. Plus, Sumner's discontent:...

Stiffing Staffing Season listen Download

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This week, two smart but naive ad guys from Chicago make it in TV, despite themselves. We talk to the creators of the new TNT...

The TCA's: Getting Your 15 Minutes listen Download

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The networks have just finished their dog and pony show for the TV critics. We take a peek inside what's known as the TCA's. Plus,...

Hollywood Financial Forecast Calls for High Chance of Lows; Indie Games listen Download

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This week on The Business, a Hollywood lawyer predicts a rough road ahead for what used to be a recession-proof business. Plus, video games…go indie!

The 100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood listen Download

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The Hollywood Reporter's 17th annual "100 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood" list. What does is say about the progress of women in the business? How...

The Hollywood Year to Be listen Download

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2008 was a roller-coaster of a year for show business.  What’s in store for the industry in 2009?  It's the Hollywood year-to-be with Lauren Schuker...

Best of the Business: Carrie Fisher listen Download

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As Princess Leia, she was saved from the Empire by Luke, Han and Chewy.  As Carrie Fisher, she's had to rely on a higher power...

Best of the Business 2008: Favorite Features listen Download

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We revisit our favorite feature stories of 2008: the woes of a video-game reviewer, going to the movies with babies, Hollywood's fascination with swag, and what it's...

That Was the Hollywood Year That Was! listen Download

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The ups, the downs, the all arounds of the business of show in 2008.  We talk with Lauren Schuker of the Wall Street Journal and...