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January 01, 1990 - July 24, 2013 + The Business

Twilight: A New Dawn for Summit listen Download

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Twilight gave a faltering new movie studio an extreme makeover. We talk with Rob Friedman, the chief of Summit Entertainment.

The Tax-Incentives Derby Kicks into High Gear! listen Download

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From Michigan to New Mexico, the production tax incentives derby is on in a big, big way.  We talk to one of the producers of...

Asked to the Academy; Cable Bags the Box listen Download

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has inducted 134 new members. We talk to one of funniest, actress Jane Lynch. Plus, the Supreme Court...

Which Way, Studios? listen Download

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Paramount shuffles its top executives and Universal may be next. Sony cancels a high-profile project just before cameras roll and Fox balks at the budget...

Best Picture Nom's Bumped to 10; Produced By listen Download

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In a surprise move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that next year there will be ten Best Picture Oscar nominees, instead...

Black in the Business listen Download

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Even in the age of Obama, black writers in Hollywood find there's no such as thing as post-racial, and a new Writers' Guild report concurs.

Below the Line and Under the Gun listen Download

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The changing entertainment industry and tanking economy have combined to put people below the line under the gun. We talk about what’s making it so...

Nerd Poker Builds a House of Game; Hollywood Scissorhands listen Download

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Hollywood's video game nerds come out of the closet with a hip new event for less game savvy show biz types. Plus, executives are often...

Network Scheduling Musical Chairs: The 'Medium' Story listen Download

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Network TV scheduling turns into a brutal game of musical chairs. We talk to the creator of the NBC show Medium, which jumped to CBS...

Report from the (Up-)Front; Hi-Def below the Line listen Download

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A shaky economy and falling viewership meant nervous networks at the upfronts. Also, many new shows will be in hi-def. That’s great for viewers, but...

Studios Play Games listen Download

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Why have the studios decided to get back in the video game business? Plus, even the biggest producer in the business is playing games. A...

New TV Season, New TV World; Taking Hollywood's Temperature listen Download

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NBC rolls out its new season with the help of a new programming consultant -- the advertisers. We talk to network co-chair Marc Graboff. Plus,...

Hollywood on the Hill; 'Death' of Adult-oriented Films, Part II listen Download

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We look at selling Hollywood on the Hill with MPAA chief Dan Glickman. On April 21, the MPAA held its second "Business of Show Business"...

'State of Play' Gets No Play; Marketing 'Fast and Furious' listen Download

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A recent spate of films have scored underwhelming results at the box office. But is the death of big-budget studio movies for grown-ups greatly exaggerated?...

TV Time-shifted out of Business?; Soon to Be a Major YA Picture listen Download

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This week, a new report bodes ill for TV’s 10 o’clock hour.  Plus, the author of a young adult novel is the last know her...