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. 

With people staying home, TV viewership continues to be on the rise. Several new streaming services were planned to launch in the coming months.

Hollywood news banter: questions on Quibi, layoffs at Endeavor

With people staying home, TV viewership continues to be on the rise. Several new streaming services were planned to launch in the coming months.

We put out a call to people who work in the entertainment industry, asking them to share stories about how their lives have changed as the coronavirus pandemic shut down Hollywood.  …

Coronavirus and Hollywood: How are industry workers faring?

We put out a call to people who work in the entertainment industry, asking them to share stories about how their lives have changed as the coronavirus pandemic shut down Hollywood.  …

As social distancing measures go into place to slow the spread of coronavirus, Hollywood has come to a standstill.

Hollywood news banter: TV productions shut down, some new movies go to streaming

As social distancing measures go into place to slow the spread of coronavirus, Hollywood has come to a standstill.

Jim LeBrecht is co-director of the new Netflix documentary “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.”

Directors Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham on their disability activism documentary ‘Crip Camp’

Jim LeBrecht is co-director of the new Netflix documentary “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.”

If you’re suddenly out of work due to a suspended production, closed office, or canceled Hollywood event, KCRW’s The Business would like to hear from you.

Out of work in Hollywood due to coronavirus? We want your story

If you’re suddenly out of work due to a suspended production, closed office, or canceled Hollywood event, KCRW’s The Business would like to hear from you.

Between 2006 to 2016, Gretchen Carlson was a familiar face on Fox News, appearing on the morning show “Fox & Friends.”

With ‘Lift Our Voices,’ Gretchen Carlson and Julie Roginsky aim to end NDAs

Between 2006 to 2016, Gretchen Carlson was a familiar face on Fox News, appearing on the morning show “Fox & Friends.”

Coronavirus continues to take an economic toll on Hollywood in significant ways.

Hollywood news banter: Disneyland closed, movies pushed due to coronavirus; Weinstein sentenced

Coronavirus continues to take an economic toll on Hollywood in significant ways.

Autumn De Wilde says she didn’t make her new version of “Emma” solely for Jane Austen superfans, but Austenites will appreciate the way de Wilde obsessed over every period detail --…

Director Autumn de Wilde obsessed over details to create a period-perfect ‘Emma’

Autumn De Wilde says she didn’t make her new version of “Emma” solely for Jane Austen superfans, but Austenites will appreciate the way de Wilde obsessed over every period detail --…

As anxiety around coronavirus increases, Hollywood finds itself in a vulnerable place.

Hollywood news banter: Coronavirus hits film industry, Disney especially exposed

As anxiety around coronavirus increases, Hollywood finds itself in a vulnerable place.

When the first trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” landed last spring, fans of the video game were horrified by the title character’s look.

Potential disaster to box office hit: Jeff Fowler saved ‘Sonic’

When the first trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” landed last spring, fans of the video game were horrified by the title character’s look.

Bob Iger spent 15 years as the leader of The Walt Disney Company, overseeing huge acquisitions and unparalleled box office success, making him one of the most successful CEOs in…

Hollywood news banter: Bob Iger resigns as Disney CEO, shocks industry

Bob Iger spent 15 years as the leader of The Walt Disney Company, overseeing huge acquisitions and unparalleled box office success, making him one of the most successful CEOs in…

Universal’s “   The Hunt   ” is a violent political satire produced by horror kingpin Jason Blum.   
  The movie was originally set to be released last September, but in the wake of…

Replay: Damon Lindelof on unexpected troubles for ‘The Hunt’

Universal’s “ The Hunt ” is a violent political satire produced by horror kingpin Jason Blum.  The movie was originally set to be released last September, but in the wake of…

The jury in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial is in day four of deliberations. The seven men and five women who make up the jury appear to be methodical.

Hollywood news banter: Harvey Weinstein jury deliberates

The jury in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial is in day four of deliberations. The seven men and five women who make up the jury appear to be methodical.

Twelve jurors found Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein guilty on two counts: criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

Harvey Weinstein in jail following guilty verdict

Twelve jurors found Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein guilty on two counts: criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

“   Sonic the Hedgehog   ” opened big at the box office over Presidents Day weekend.

Dealing with ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ and ‘Sonic’ online blowback

“ Sonic the Hedgehog ” opened big at the box office over Presidents Day weekend.

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is a passionate historical romance that won two awards at Cannes and praise from critics worldwide.

Céline Sciamma on the politics of French filmmaking and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is a passionate historical romance that won two awards at Cannes and praise from critics worldwide.

The Hollywood Reporter    broke the news    that Universal had set a new release date in March for the Jason Blum horror-satire movie “The Hunt.”

Hollywood news banter: ‘The Hunt’ is back on

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Universal had set a new release date in March for the Jason Blum horror-satire movie “The Hunt.”

Kim and Matt met up the morning after the Oscars to talk "Parasite" making history, Netflix nearly striking out, and hold on, what was Eminem doing there?

Post-Oscars bonus banter!

Kim and Matt met up the morning after the Oscars to talk "Parasite" making history, Netflix nearly striking out, and hold on, what was Eminem doing there?

The Netflix series “Cheer” focuses on the stressful lives of junior college cheerleaders fighting for their next national championship.

Director Greg Whiteley on why he owes an apology to a set of ‘Cheer’ parents

The Netflix series “Cheer” focuses on the stressful lives of junior college cheerleaders fighting for their next national championship.

The Hollywood Reporter    broke down the numbers    behind the Academy’s recent push for diversity.

Hollywood news banter: Oscars so white and so male forever?

The Hollywood Reporter broke down the numbers behind the Academy’s recent push for diversity.