The Business

The Business

The Business is a weekly podcast featuring lively banter about entertainment industry news and in-depth interviews with directors, producers, writers and actors. The show is hosted by award-winning journalist Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter and produced by KCRW. Past guests include Norman Lear, Ava DuVernay, Matt Damon and Ice Cube. 

In the new Netflix comedy series ‘ Special ,’ Ryan O’Connell plays a version of himself. Ryan Hayes is a gay man beset by millennial angst, who also has cerebral palsy.

Ryan O’Connell on his new Netflix comedy series 'Special'

In the new Netflix comedy series ‘ Special ,’ Ryan O’Connell plays a version of himself. Ryan Hayes is a gay man beset by millennial angst, who also has cerebral palsy.

An already heated battle is now heading to court. The WGA  filed suit against  the top talent agencies over the practice of TV packaging.

Hollywood news banter: WGA sues the major talent agencies

An already heated battle is now heading to court. The WGA filed suit against the top talent agencies over the practice of TV packaging.

The 2008 documentary 'Food, Inc.' might have changed the way you eat, or at least changed the way you think about where meals come from.

As documentaries abound, Elise Pearlstein shares her view from the middle of it all

The 2008 documentary 'Food, Inc.' might have changed the way you eat, or at least changed the way you think about where meals come from.

Disney has finally announced many of the details related to its forthcoming streaming service Disney+. And well, there’s gonna be  a lot of content .

Hollywood news banter: D-Day is here

Disney has finally announced many of the details related to its forthcoming streaming service Disney+. And well, there’s gonna be a lot of content .

Can HBO continue to be HBO in a post-Game of Thrones world?   
 What is the DOJ doing  inserting itself  into the Netflix-Oscars battle?

Hollywood news banter: Is winter coming for HBO?

Can HBO continue to be HBO in a post-Game of Thrones world? What is the DOJ doing inserting itself into the Netflix-Oscars battle?

The FXX series ‘ You’re the Worst ’ begins with a meet-cute for its protagonists that actually is kind of ugly-cute.

Stephen Falk on the bumpy road that led to critically adored ‘You’re the Worst’

The FXX series ‘ You’re the Worst ’ begins with a meet-cute for its protagonists that actually is kind of ugly-cute.

In the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, Elizabeth Banks’ pink-haired character Effie Trinket had a memorable catchphrase: “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Actress, producer, director Elizabeth Banks on making it in the mainstream

In the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, Elizabeth Banks’ pink-haired character Effie Trinket had a memorable catchphrase: “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

After the Disney/Fox deal officially closed, the town was shocked to learn of the shuttering of Fox 2000. Where will  Elizabeth Gabler  end up next?

Hollywood news banter: Warners wants to hold onto J.J. Abrams. A lot.

After the Disney/Fox deal officially closed, the town was shocked to learn of the shuttering of Fox 2000. Where will Elizabeth Gabler end up next?

After a memorably violent scene at the beginning of the seventh season of ‘The Walking Dead,’ Steven Yeun was done playing Glenn, the affable pizza delivery guy turned zombie fighter.

After ‘The Walking Dead,’ actor Steven Yeun looks to break out of “beige” roles

After a memorably violent scene at the beginning of the seventh season of ‘The Walking Dead,’ Steven Yeun was done playing Glenn, the affable pizza delivery guy turned zombie fighter.

The new film ‘ Gloria Bell ’ stars Julianne Moore as a lonely divorcee in her late fifties who encounters a new love, played by John Turturro.

A visit to “the vortex” on the set of Sebastian Lelio’s ‘Gloria Bell’

The new film ‘ Gloria Bell ’ stars Julianne Moore as a lonely divorcee in her late fifties who encounters a new love, played by John Turturro.

Disney’s takeover of Fox has begun, and the creation of a content behemoth comes with  thousands of layoffs .

Hollywood news banter: the Mouse digests the Fox

Disney’s takeover of Fox has begun, and the creation of a content behemoth comes with thousands of layoffs .

We’ve all read about the celebrities caught up in the college admissions scandal, but there are big,  behind-the-scenes people involved as well , including investor Bill McGlashan, who…

Hollywood news banter: Charlotte’s web

We’ve all read about the celebrities caught up in the college admissions scandal, but there are big, behind-the-scenes people involved as well , including investor Bill McGlashan, who…

May 30, 2017 is the day  Kathy Griffin ’s life changed forever.

Revisiting comedian Kathy Griffin and her self-funded world tour

May 30, 2017 is the day Kathy Griffin ’s life changed forever.

We’re a bit more than a decade out from the 100-day writers strike that brought the industry to a standstill and cost the state of California more than $2 billion dollars.

WGA vs. the talent agencies: what are the issues?

We’re a bit more than a decade out from the 100-day writers strike that brought the industry to a standstill and cost the state of California more than $2 billion dollars.

Text messages obtained by The Hollywood Reporter  reveal Warner Bros.

Hollywood news banter: We need to talk about Kevin.

Text messages obtained by The Hollywood Reporter reveal Warner Bros.

Early in the new documentary ‘ Apollo 11 ,’ we see stunning footage of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins suiting up, just hours before they launched into…

Director Todd Douglas Miller on ‘Apollo 11’

Early in the new documentary ‘ Apollo 11 ,’ we see stunning footage of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins suiting up, just hours before they launched into…

Dan Reed’s ‘ Leaving Neverland ’ was in the news even before its world premiere at Sundance.

Director Dan Reed on ‘Leaving Neverland’

Dan Reed’s ‘ Leaving Neverland ’ was in the news even before its world premiere at Sundance.

An arbitrator issued a stunning decision that awarded the stars and executive producer of ‘Bones’ $179 million and  accused top Fox execs of lying, cheating and perjuring themselves .

Hollywood news banter: major lawsuits alert!

An arbitrator issued a stunning decision that awarded the stars and executive producer of ‘Bones’ $179 million and accused top Fox execs of lying, cheating and perjuring themselves .

Without a host, the night moved right along b   ut then, it came to best picture.

Bonus post-Oscars banter

Without a host, the night moved right along b ut then, it came to best picture.

For the first time in a long time, a lot of the categories still feel wide open--not least of which is best picture.

Oscars banter with THR awards columnist Scott Feinberg

For the first time in a long time, a lot of the categories still feel wide open--not least of which is best picture.