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. 

Through her deal with Apple, Oprah Winfrey was set to back a documentary about alleged rapes committed by Russell Simmons, but  she pulled out shortly  before the film’s debut at…

Hollywood news banter: Major drama after Oprah backs out of a doc on Russell Simmons

Through her deal with Apple, Oprah Winfrey was set to back a documentary about alleged rapes committed by Russell Simmons, but she pulled out shortly before the film’s debut at…

The Korean film “ Parasite ” has already made history--becoming the first Asian movie to ever win the top prize of Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards and the first Korean film to win the…

Director Bong Joon Ho on the six-time Oscar-nominated “Parasite”

The Korean film “ Parasite ” has already made history--becoming the first Asian movie to ever win the top prize of Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards and the first Korean film to win the…

Peacock, the streaming service from NBCUniversal, had its big presentation this week and we now know it will come with multiple tiers and pricing options.

Hollywood news banter: Peacock emerges from its shell

Peacock, the streaming service from NBCUniversal, had its big presentation this week and we now know it will come with multiple tiers and pricing options.

In October 2017, The New York Times published the first exposé on Harvey Weinstein, quickly followed by Ronan Farrow’s article in The New Yorker.

A podcast crossover event! Kim Masters on 'The Catch and Kill Podcast'

In October 2017, The New York Times published the first exposé on Harvey Weinstein, quickly followed by Ronan Farrow’s article in The New Yorker.

As MGM undergoes an executive shake-up,  questions emerge . Who reports to whom?

Hollywood news banter: Making sense of MGM

As MGM undergoes an executive shake-up, questions emerge . Who reports to whom?

We recently heard from filmmakers who've made it in the movie business. But hitting those career highs came with serious lows.

Nanfu Wang, Greta Gerwig and Victoria Mahoney on the struggles of starting out

We recently heard from filmmakers who've made it in the movie business. But hitting those career highs came with serious lows.

Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, and Lucas Shaw, entertainment reporter for Bloomberg, join Kim Masters to discuss top industry news stories heading into…

Hollywood news banter: Looking at the year ahead

Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, and Lucas Shaw, entertainment reporter for Bloomberg, join Kim Masters to discuss top industry news stories heading into…

Lulu Wang’s movie “ The Farewell ,” is, as advertised on the screen before the story even begins, “Based on an actual lie.”

Revisiting filmmaker Lulu Wang on making the very personal ‘The Farewell’

Lulu Wang’s movie “ The Farewell ,” is, as advertised on the screen before the story even begins, “Based on an actual lie.”

Victoria Mahoney is the first woman and first person of color to direct in the “Star Wars” movie universe.

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ second unit director Victoria Mahoney on her journey to the ‘Star Wars’ universe

Victoria Mahoney is the first woman and first person of color to direct in the “Star Wars” movie universe.

While Kim Masters is out of town, Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

Hollywood news banter: A troubling pattern at Showtime

While Kim Masters is out of town, Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

The streaming wars got real, writers fired their agents and time was up--or was it?

Megabanter year-in-review: 2019 edition

The streaming wars got real, writers fired their agents and time was up--or was it?

Nanfu Wang talks about returning to her home country, and discovering things she never knew about China’s one-child policy at large and within her own family.

Nanfu Wang on discovering the power of propaganda while making ‘One Child Nation’

Nanfu Wang talks about returning to her home country, and discovering things she never knew about China’s one-child policy at large and within her own family.

Harvey Weinstein and his accusers who took him to civil court may have  reached a settlement , but it doesn’t look much like justice.

Hollywood news banter: Yes, there’s maybe a Weinstein settlement, but be sure to read the fine print

Harvey Weinstein and his accusers who took him to civil court may have reached a settlement , but it doesn’t look much like justice.

The new film version of ‘Little Women,’ like the book, tells the story of the four March sisters, coming of age in 1860’s Massachusetts.

How Greta Gerwig channeled her inner Jo March to make ‘Little Women’

The new film version of ‘Little Women,’ like the book, tells the story of the four March sisters, coming of age in 1860’s Massachusetts.

NBC has another problem on its hands. This time it’s not in the news division, but on the broadcast side with "America’s Got Talent."

Hollywood news banter: ‘America’s Got Talent's’ got problems

NBC has another problem on its hands. This time it’s not in the news division, but on the broadcast side with "America’s Got Talent."

Part of the  streaming wars  is figured out how to release episodes--all at once, weekly, or some combination of the two?

Hollywood news banter: To binge or not to binge?

Part of the streaming wars is figured out how to release episodes--all at once, weekly, or some combination of the two?

If you’re on Hollywood Twitter, you may have seen assistant horror stories shared in recent weeks with #PayUpHollywood, which has now turned into a bonafide movement.

Why assistants are telling Hollywood it’s time to pay up

If you’re on Hollywood Twitter, you may have seen assistant horror stories shared in recent weeks with #PayUpHollywood, which has now turned into a bonafide movement.

The new Clint Eastwood movie ‘Richard Jewell’ includes a  journalist character who shares the name with a real Atlanta-based reporter .

Hollywood news banter: The hazards of making movies about real people

The new Clint Eastwood movie ‘Richard Jewell’ includes a journalist character who shares the name with a real Atlanta-based reporter .

Most filmmakers hide for a while after a bomb, but not ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ director Tim Miller.   
  
  Miller thought it was a dream come true when he got a chance to direct a…

Tim Miller on ‘Terminator’ box office woes: 'I’m processing, but I’m very proud of the movie'

Most filmmakers hide for a while after a bomb, but not ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ director Tim Miller.  Miller thought it was a dream come true when he got a chance to direct a…

Last year’s WWI documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" gave new life to some very old film footage.

Revisiting Peter Jackson on giving old WWI footage new life

Last year’s WWI documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" gave new life to some very old film footage.