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. 

Emmy nominations  are out , and HBO has at least for this year bested rival Netflix.

Hollywood News Banter: Were Emmy nominations just business as usual?

Emmy nominations are out , and HBO has at least for this year bested rival Netflix.

Sarah Scott was a working actress in Hollywood with the usual ups and downs of a life in the entertainment industry.

Actress Sarah Scott on SAG-AFTRA in the Me Too era

Sarah Scott was a working actress in Hollywood with the usual ups and downs of a life in the entertainment industry.

Disney’s live action ‘Lion King’ arrives in theaters just days from now--and box-office expectations are higher than pride rock.

‘Lion King’ cinematographer Caleb Deschanel on falling in love with virtual animals

Disney’s live action ‘Lion King’ arrives in theaters just days from now--and box-office expectations are higher than pride rock.

WarnerMedia is  set to debut  its streaming service HBO Max next year filled with Warner Brothers content and taking one of Netflix’s crown jewels “Friends” with it.

Hollywood news banter

WarnerMedia is set to debut its streaming service HBO Max next year filled with Warner Brothers content and taking one of Netflix’s crown jewels “Friends” with it.

Director Reginald Hudlin’s most recent project is the Netflix documentary ‘The Black Godfather,’ which tells the story of Clarence Avant--a behind-the-scenes force in music, movies and…

Reginald Hudlin on writing ‘Black Panther’ comics and running BET...at the same time

Director Reginald Hudlin’s most recent project is the Netflix documentary ‘The Black Godfather,’ which tells the story of Clarence Avant--a behind-the-scenes force in music, movies and…

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.”

Ann Sarnoff is  the new head of Warner Bros . She has a lot of diverse experience in the industry, but not so much on the film side of things.

Hollywood news banter: Warner Bros. names new CEO

Ann Sarnoff is the new head of Warner Bros . She has a lot of diverse experience in the industry, but not so much on the film side of things.

The new documentary ‘ Maiden ’ tells the incredible story of the first all-female crew to compete in the grueling, months-long Whitbread Round the World sailing race.

Tracy Edwards and Alex Holmes on making 'Maiden,' and saving the boat to boot

The new documentary ‘ Maiden ’ tells the incredible story of the first all-female crew to compete in the grueling, months-long Whitbread Round the World sailing race.

Brooks Barnes, Hollywood reporter for The New York Times, joins Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

Hollywood news banter: 'On My Block' stars seek raises; WGA vs. ATA battle escalates

Brooks Barnes, Hollywood reporter for The New York Times, joins Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recently wrapped it’s 15th--yes, 15th!--season on ABC. The medical drama, created by Shonda Rhimes in 2005, is still the number one drama on the network.

'Grey's Anatomy' showrunner Krista Vernoff and writer Elisabeth Finch

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recently wrapped it’s 15th--yes, 15th!--season on ABC. The medical drama, created by Shonda Rhimes in 2005, is still the number one drama on the network.

Brooks Barnes, Hollywood reporter for The New York Times, joins Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

Hollywood news banter: Comedies in crisis at the box office

Brooks Barnes, Hollywood reporter for The New York Times, joins Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

A big flop is painful even to the most successful filmmakers.

The Business exclusive: Simon Kinberg on the dark fate of ‘Dark Phoenix’

A big flop is painful even to the most successful filmmakers.

Emmy nomination voting is open.

Hollywood news banter: Is ‘Game of Thrones’ a category killer?

Emmy nomination voting is open.

Fox  won a legal victory  over Netflix in its lawsuit regarding executive poaching.

Hollywood news banter: Fox guards its henhouse

Fox won a legal victory over Netflix in its lawsuit regarding executive poaching.

In the Netflix dramedy series ‘Dead to Me,’ Christina Applegate plays new widow Jen, in shock after a hit-and-run killed her husband while he was out for a late-night jog.

'Dead to Me' creator on grief, friendship, and improv

In the Netflix dramedy series ‘Dead to Me,’ Christina Applegate plays new widow Jen, in shock after a hit-and-run killed her husband while he was out for a late-night jog.

You may have never heard of Clarence Avant, but this enigmatic manager, producer and record executive has touched the lives of a wide array of people you have heard of: Bill Withers,…

Reginald Hudlin on ‘The Black Godfather’ & black filmmakers breaking through

You may have never heard of Clarence Avant, but this enigmatic manager, producer and record executive has touched the lives of a wide array of people you have heard of: Bill Withers,…

Despite the hefty tax breaks, several big studios are now saying  they’ll have to bail  on production in Georgia if the state’s new, restrictive abortion law goes into effect.

Hollywood news banter: big studios may bail on Georgia over abortion bill

Despite the hefty tax breaks, several big studios are now saying they’ll have to bail on production in Georgia if the state’s new, restrictive abortion law goes into effect.

In 2017, after working at ESPN for more than ten years, Jemele Hill got one of the network’s plumb jobs--co-hosting the flagship evening show SportsCenter.

After ESPN, Jemele Hill begins a new chapter: producing, podcasting and more

In 2017, after working at ESPN for more than ten years, Jemele Hill got one of the network’s plumb jobs--co-hosting the flagship evening show SportsCenter.

Endeavor, the massive media company that owns the talent agency WME, as well as UFC and models and bull riders, is  filing to go public .

Hollywood news banter

Endeavor, the massive media company that owns the talent agency WME, as well as UFC and models and bull riders, is filing to go public .

The documentary ‘Minding the Gap’ starts as a look at young skateboarders in Rockford, Illinois. Life is coming at them fast, and all they really want to do is skate.

Revisiting Director Bing Liu on ‘Minding the Gap’

The documentary ‘Minding the Gap’ starts as a look at young skateboarders in Rockford, Illinois. Life is coming at them fast, and all they really want to do is skate.