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. 

“The Sparks Brothers,” a documentary from filmmaker Edgar Wright, goes deep into the enigmatic world of Ron and Russell Mael.

Replay: Edgar Wright on ‘The Sparks Brothers’ and originality in Hollywood

“The Sparks Brothers,” a documentary from filmmaker Edgar Wright, goes deep into the enigmatic world of Ron and Russell Mael.

There’s continued unrest at Netflix following the release of the Dave Chappelle comedy special “The Closer,” which includes material that’s been widely labeled transphobic and…

Internal strife at Netflix, HBO Max numbers, IATSE contract still needs to be ratified

There’s continued unrest at Netflix following the release of the Dave Chappelle comedy special “The Closer,” which includes material that’s been widely labeled transphobic and…

The HBO series “Succession” follows the super rich and deeply dysfunctional Roy family, as the kids fight to win patriarch Logan Roy's favor and lock down a position of power in their…

‘Succession’: How Jesse Armstrong created the most dysfunctional family on television

The HBO series “Succession” follows the super rich and deeply dysfunctional Roy family, as the kids fight to win patriarch Logan Roy's favor and lock down a position of power in their…

Netflix is in hot water after a series of failed PR moves following the release of Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special, “The Closer.”

Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special prompts backlash, employees plan a walkout in protest

Netflix is in hot water after a series of failed PR moves following the release of Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special, “The Closer.”

All is not well between Bob Iger and Bob Chapek at Disney, as detailed in a Hollywood Reporter article by Kim Masters.

At Disney, it’s Bob vs. Bob

All is not well between Bob Iger and Bob Chapek at Disney, as detailed in a Hollywood Reporter article by Kim Masters.

In the new series “Dopesick,” which premieres on Hulu on October 13, Michael Keaton plays Samuel Finnix, a salt-of-the-earth country doctor in Appalachia.

To create Hulu’s ‘Dopesick,’ Danny Strong fell down the Purdue Pharma rabbithole

In the new series “Dopesick,” which premieres on Hulu on October 13, Michael Keaton plays Samuel Finnix, a salt-of-the-earth country doctor in Appalachia.

For a long time, WME and CAA have been the number one and number two agencies in Hollywood.

CAA acquires ICM, Korean series ‘Squid Game’ is Netflix’s newest international hit

For a long time, WME and CAA have been the number one and number two agencies in Hollywood.

“When the Academy was founded in the late 1920s, they said, ‘Let’s build a film museum.’ So this has been going on for almost a century.

Ruby slippers, the ‘Psycho’ typewriter and more: Tour the Academy Museum with president Bill Kramer

“When the Academy was founded in the late 1920s, they said, ‘Let’s build a film museum.’ So this has been going on for almost a century.

In recent weeks, members of the union IATSE — the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees — have been sharing their experiences, many of them posting anonymously on the…

Low wages, grueling hours, lack of rest: Why IATSE is ready to strike

In recent weeks, members of the union IATSE — the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees — have been sharing their experiences, many of them posting anonymously on the…

Netflix has franchise-envy. Disney’s got Marvel and “Star Wars,” and Warner Bros. has DC Comics.

In search of a golden ticket, Netflix buys the Roald Dahl characters

Netflix has franchise-envy. Disney’s got Marvel and “Star Wars,” and Warner Bros. has DC Comics.

In the opening scene of the new movie “Language Lessons,” Cariño, a Spanish teacher in Costa Rica, virtually meets her new client Adam, who lives in Oakland.

‘Language Lessons’ and ‘Plan B’: How first-time director Natalie Morales made 2 films in a year

In the opening scene of the new movie “Language Lessons,” Cariño, a Spanish teacher in Costa Rica, virtually meets her new client Adam, who lives in Oakland.

Jim Gianopulos has been fired as the head of Paramount Pictures.

Jim Gianopulos out at Paramount, next Christopher Nolan film goes to Universal

Jim Gianopulos has been fired as the head of Paramount Pictures.

The newest Marvel movie “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” brought in a whopping $94 million over the long Labor Day weekend.

‘Shang-Chi’ breaks Labor Day weekend record at the box office, plus Time’s Up in trouble

The newest Marvel movie “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” brought in a whopping $94 million over the long Labor Day weekend.

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.

In the comedy series “The Other Two,” Case Walker plays ChaseDreams, a teenage pop star who’s hit it big with songs including “My Brother’s Gay and That’s Okay!”

‘The Other Two’ is back, and the critically beloved celebrity satire is now on HBO Max

In the comedy series “The Other Two,” Case Walker plays ChaseDreams, a teenage pop star who’s hit it big with songs including “My Brother’s Gay and That’s Okay!”

At CinemaCon in Las Vegas during the last week of August, movie studios told the annual gathering of theater owners how excited they were for films to return to the big screen.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ pushed, plus tension behind the scenes at ABC

At CinemaCon in Las Vegas during the last week of August, movie studios told the annual gathering of theater owners how excited they were for films to return to the big screen.

Rachel Maddow is departing from her daily time slot at MSNBC next year, but she’s not leaving the network entirely.

Rachel Maddow scores a rich new deal at MSNBC, ABC News staffer files sexual assault lawsuit

Rachel Maddow is departing from her daily time slot at MSNBC next year, but she’s not leaving the network entirely.

“Hacks” on HBO Max, one of the buzziest comedies of the summer, follows two women — a Boomer and a Zoomer.

‘Hacks’ co-creators on working with Jean Smart: ‘She wanted to do all her own stunts’

“Hacks” on HBO Max, one of the buzziest comedies of the summer, follows two women — a Boomer and a Zoomer.

In “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” LeBron James finds himself turned into a cartoon and forced to play a high-stakes basketball game. At first, the only one in the entire Warner Bros.

Jeff Bergman on voicing some 200 characters, from Bugs Bunny to Trump: ‘There’s so much you have to consider’

In “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” LeBron James finds himself turned into a cartoon and forced to play a high-stakes basketball game. At first, the only one in the entire Warner Bros.

Late summer and early fall was supposed to be the big return to movie theaters. But with the Delta variant on the rise, Hollywood is in a tough spot.

Delta variant wreaks havoc on fall movie releases and concerts

Late summer and early fall was supposed to be the big return to movie theaters. But with the Delta variant on the rise, Hollywood is in a tough spot.