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. 

Two recent stories from “The Hollywood Reporter” examine the toxic work environment in Hollywood.

Will Hollywood take a stand on workplace bullying? Ray Fisher and others speak out

Two recent stories from “The Hollywood Reporter” examine the toxic work environment in Hollywood.

Four days into filming, Vinterberg’s 19-year-old daughter was killed by a reckless driver.

Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Another Round’ gave him direction and purpose after the death of his daughter

Four days into filming, Vinterberg’s 19-year-old daughter was killed by a reckless driver.

In the early 1970s, a then 15-year-old Jim LeBrecht spent a summer at Camp Jened in upstate New York.

Replay: ‘Crip Camp’ co-directors on how a hippie-run camp inspired disability activism

In the early 1970s, a then 15-year-old Jim LeBrecht spent a summer at Camp Jened in upstate New York.

Viewers have been abandoning awards shows en masse this year, and the Oscars producers want to avoid the mistakes of the Golden Globes by having the event be in-person as much as…

Oscars 2021 will honor movies almost no one has seen in theaters

Viewers have been abandoning awards shows en masse this year, and the Oscars producers want to avoid the mistakes of the Golden Globes by having the event be in-person as much as…

When insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many wore shirts or waved flags emblazoned with a single letter: Q.

‘Q: Into the Storm’ director Cullen Hoback on his globe-trotting effort to unmask Q

When insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many wore shirts or waved flags emblazoned with a single letter: Q.

Endeavor, the parent company of talent agency William Morris Endeavor, filed to go public in 2019, but withdrew that IPO at the last minute after a cold reception from Wall Street.

Endeavor tries going public again, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ lands with a roar

Endeavor, the parent company of talent agency William Morris Endeavor, filed to go public in 2019, but withdrew that IPO at the last minute after a cold reception from Wall Street.

Cineworld, the parent company of Regal Cinemas, says it reached a deal with WarnerMedia to give all of Warner’s movies a 45 day theatrical window in 2022.

Cineworld and WarnerMedia make a deal, Disney pushes ‘Black Widow’

Cineworld, the parent company of Regal Cinemas, says it reached a deal with WarnerMedia to give all of Warner’s movies a 45 day theatrical window in 2022.

KCRW put out calls to entertainment industry workers to ask them how their lives changed when the pandemic shut down Hollywood a year ago .

Hollywood workers on how the industry has changed — 1 year after pandemic shutdown

KCRW put out calls to entertainment industry workers to ask them how their lives changed when the pandemic shut down Hollywood a year ago .

Ted Sarandos, the co-CEO and chief content officer of Netflix, has been with the company since 2000, back when the streaming behemoth was sending folks DVDs in red envelopes.

Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos on diversity efforts and future of theaters: ‘You've got to follow the audience’

Ted Sarandos, the co-CEO and chief content officer of Netflix, has been with the company since 2000, back when the streaming behemoth was sending folks DVDs in red envelopes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is worried about the Oscars telecast, and they have every right to be.

Awards shows in freefall, Hollywood troubles in China

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is worried about the Oscars telecast, and they have every right to be.

The $1.9 trillion relief package President Biden signed on March 11 provides some help for small theaters and other entertainment venues.

For struggling independent movie theaters, help may be on the way

The $1.9 trillion relief package President Biden signed on March 11 provides some help for small theaters and other entertainment venues.

When William Morris Endeavor became the last big agency to reach a deal with the Writers Guild of America in February, it marked the end of an epic two-year struggle.

Writers Guild leaders David Young and David Goodman share how they won the 2-year war against agencies

When William Morris Endeavor became the last big agency to reach a deal with the Writers Guild of America in February, it marked the end of an epic two-year struggle.

Writer and former KCRW contributor Rob Long joined The Business in September 2019, taking a contrarian position on the WGA battle. He had fired his agent, but did so reluctantly.

Podcast Bonus: Rob Long on the WGA’s victory

Writer and former KCRW contributor Rob Long joined The Business in September 2019, taking a contrarian position on the WGA battle. He had fired his agent, but did so reluctantly.

The mother-daughter coming-of-age movie “ Miss Juneteenth ” tells the story of Turquoise Jones and her teenage daughter Kai.

Married couple and filmmaking team on the journey to make ‘Miss Juneteenth’

The mother-daughter coming-of-age movie “ Miss Juneteenth ” tells the story of Turquoise Jones and her teenage daughter Kai.

With vaccines rolling out and business reopenings on the horizon, heads of movie studios are making it clear they have not given up on theaters.

Movie studios prepare for audiences to head back to theaters

With vaccines rolling out and business reopenings on the horizon, heads of movie studios are making it clear they have not given up on theaters.

The new movie “ Minari” follows the Yi family, Korean Americans in the 1980s who moved to Arkansas with little money but big dreams.

Filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung was ready to walk away from ‘Minari.’ Then producer Christina Oh read his script

The new movie “ Minari” follows the Yi family, Korean Americans in the 1980s who moved to Arkansas with little money but big dreams.

ViacomCBS is set to launch its streaming service Paramount+ on March 4.

With Paramount+, what’s old is new again

ViacomCBS is set to launch its streaming service Paramount+ on March 4.

The enemy of streaming companies is churn, which is when viewers sign up for a service and then drop it after they’ve watched a particular show.

To prevent churn, streamers go all-in on kids

The enemy of streaming companies is churn, which is when viewers sign up for a service and then drop it after they’ve watched a particular show.

In “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” first-time actress Sidney Flanigan plays Autumn, a 17 year old in a hollowed-out Pennsylvania town.

Replay: ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ director on making her art house abortion drama

In “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” first-time actress Sidney Flanigan plays Autumn, a 17 year old in a hollowed-out Pennsylvania town.

In a recent spate of actors and singers getting in trouble for past or current behavior, talent agencies are figuring out how to deal.

Dropped by talent agencies: Armie Hammer, Gina Carano, Marilyn Manson, Morgan Wallen

In a recent spate of actors and singers getting in trouble for past or current behavior, talent agencies are figuring out how to deal.