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. 

“Desus & Mero” hosts talk about journing from funny tweets to their late-night, self-titled, dream series on Showtime.

‘Desus & Mero’ hosts: From day-job tweeting to a dream TV career

“Desus & Mero” hosts talk about journing from funny tweets to their late-night, self-titled, dream series on Showtime.

Warner Bros. bets big on “Elvis,” its only summer live-action movie, to allure audiences and bring in profits.

Warner Bros. biopic ‘Elvis’ may disappoint at the box office

Warner Bros. bets big on “Elvis,” its only summer live-action movie, to allure audiences and bring in profits.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shares her path from directing award-winning documentary shorts in Pakistan to making the hit television limited series “Ms. Marvel.”

'Ms. Marvel' director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy says series celebrates Pakistani culture

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shares her path from directing award-winning documentary shorts in Pakistan to making the hit television limited series “Ms. Marvel.”

Bob Chapek miscalculates, again, and loses a bid to stream Indian Premier League cricket matches on Disney+.

Disney loses bid to stream Indian Premier League cricket

Bob Chapek miscalculates, again, and loses a bid to stream Indian Premier League cricket matches on Disney+.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek fired head of television content Peter Rice . Rice, a long-term, and respected executive in Hollywood, was seen as a potential successor to Bob Chapek.

Disney shakeup: CEO Bob Chapek cans head of TV Peter Rice

Disney CEO Bob Chapek fired head of television content Peter Rice . Rice, a long-term, and respected executive in Hollywood, was seen as a potential successor to Bob Chapek.

Aaron and Adam Nee discuss their breakout movie “The Lost City,” which has grossed $100 million domestically, at a time when romantic comedies aren’t supposed to hit it big in…

Nee brothers cash in on their box-office comedy hit ‘The Lost City’

Aaron and Adam Nee discuss their breakout movie “The Lost City,” which has grossed $100 million domestically, at a time when romantic comedies aren’t supposed to hit it big in…

CEO David Zaslav took over Warner Bros. Discovery in 2021, and he’s planning to change the guard at the film studio. He’s said to be imitating Disney’s business model.

Will Warner Bros. Discovery finally change old leadership in film biz?

CEO David Zaslav took over Warner Bros. Discovery in 2021, and he’s planning to change the guard at the film studio. He’s said to be imitating Disney’s business model.

Samuel L. Jackson has acted in box office hits worth billions of dollars. Now he takes on Alzheimer’s and a murder mystery in “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.”

Can dementia patient solve a murder? That’s Samuel L. Jackson’s new role

Samuel L. Jackson has acted in box office hits worth billions of dollars. Now he takes on Alzheimer’s and a murder mystery in “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.”

Hwang Dong-hyuk is the creator of the worldwide phenomenon series “Squid Game” on Netflix. He talks about season one’s success, challenges, and his hard decision to work on its sequel.

'Squid Game' creator wants to get the sequel right and take his time

Hwang Dong-hyuk is the creator of the worldwide phenomenon series “Squid Game” on Netflix. He talks about season one’s success, challenges, and his hard decision to work on its sequel.

Despite competition, “Top Gun: Maverick” could break the $100 million box office mark. And Johnny Depp’s longtime agent testifies against him during the Amber Heard trial.

Opening weekend: Will ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ set record for $100 million?

Despite competition, “Top Gun: Maverick” could break the $100 million box office mark. And Johnny Depp’s longtime agent testifies against him during the Amber Heard trial.

Billions of dollars in ads will be purchased  this week as networks present a range of advertising options across network and streaming platforms at upfront presentations in New York.

Apple TV+, Disney, Fox: Who might win most advertisers at NY upfronts?

Billions of dollars in ads will be purchased this week as networks present a range of advertising options across network and streaming platforms at upfront presentations in New York.

Oscar-nominated Australian screenwriter Tony McNamara is hard at work on season three of Hulu’s hit series “The Great.” The story began as a play 14 years ago.

Sex, vodka, violence are aplenty in Tony McNamara’s ‘The Great’

Oscar-nominated Australian screenwriter Tony McNamara is hard at work on season three of Hulu’s hit series “The Great.” The story began as a play 14 years ago.

While Disney+ subscriptions  are up, Netflix moves towards adding advertisements and cracking down on password sharing.

Unsubcribe: Will ads ruin user experience on Disney+ and Netflix?

While Disney+ subscriptions are up, Netflix moves towards adding advertisements and cracking down on password sharing.

In the FX comedy series “Reservation Dogs,” four high school friends dream of getting out of small-town Oklahoma and moving to California.

Director and writer Sterlin Harjo almost quit the industry entirely. Then came ‘Reservation Dogs’

In the FX comedy series “Reservation Dogs,” four high school friends dream of getting out of small-town Oklahoma and moving to California.

Natasha Rothwell stars in the new hit sequel “Sonic The Hedgehog 2.” She plans to produce diverse and engaging projects with her company, Big Hattie Productions.

Make sure Black characters don’t fall prey to stereotypes: Natasha Rothwell

Natasha Rothwell stars in the new hit sequel “Sonic The Hedgehog 2.” She plans to produce diverse and engaging projects with her company, Big Hattie Productions.

Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick” is expected to hit big when it’s released on May 27.

Will ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ bring audiences back to theaters?

Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick” is expected to hit big when it’s released on May 27.

Showrunner Marta Kauffman talks about the genesis of “Grace and Frankie,” the challenges of making 10 seasons of “Friends,” and whether she thinks the content bubble is bursting.

‘Grace and Frankie’ creator Marta Kauffman bids farewell to hit show

Showrunner Marta Kauffman talks about the genesis of “Grace and Frankie,” the challenges of making 10 seasons of “Friends,” and whether she thinks the content bubble is bursting.

How did streaming giant Netflix end up losing subscribers? Kim Masters talks to company insiders about the famously secretive company.

Netflix is no longer Wall Street’s darling streaming service

How did streaming giant Netflix end up losing subscribers? Kim Masters talks to company insiders about the famously secretive company.

For the first time in 10 years, Netflix loses subscribers and predicts more will follow. Meanwhile, CNN+ cancels their streaming service.

Netflix subscribers bail, CNN+ pulls the plug

For the first time in 10 years, Netflix loses subscribers and predicts more will follow. Meanwhile, CNN+ cancels their streaming service.

A 21-year-old heir pledged to give away $25 million in 1970, and thousands of people asked for his help. Fifty years later, their stories are told in the documentary “Dear Mr. Brody.”

‘Dear Mr. Brody’ opens thousands of unopened letters to a millionaire

A 21-year-old heir pledged to give away $25 million in 1970, and thousands of people asked for his help. Fifty years later, their stories are told in the documentary “Dear Mr. Brody.”