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. 

Warner Bros. was hoping for a big summer hit with its movie adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights.”

‘In the Heights’ fails to reach box office highs

Warner Bros. was hoping for a big summer hit with its movie adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights.”

The new Peacock comedy series “ We Are Lady Parts ” follows an all-female Muslim punk rock group as they work to find their sound and their audience.

For ‘We Are Lady Parts,’ Nida Manzoor wanted to show Muslim women ‘in a joyful light’

The new Peacock comedy series “ We Are Lady Parts ” follows an all-female Muslim punk rock group as they work to find their sound and their audience.

News broke in May that AT&T would spin off WarnerMedia to Discovery and that David Zaslav would run the combined media empire, but that deal isn’t closing any time soon.

WarnerMedia faces an uncertain future

News broke in May that AT&T would spin off WarnerMedia to Discovery and that David Zaslav would run the combined media empire, but that deal isn’t closing any time soon.

Hollywood’s depictions of trans people — and the impact of those portrayals on the trans audience — is the subject of the 2020 Netflix documentary “ Disclosure ,” which is now a…

Replay: In ‘Disclosure,’ Laverne Cox and Sam Feder explore trans representation in media

Hollywood’s depictions of trans people — and the impact of those portrayals on the trans audience — is the subject of the 2020 Netflix documentary “ Disclosure ,” which is now a…

Starting in the mid 1990s, Hugh Grant was famous as the charming, slightly awkward but still witty heart throb in a string of romantic comedies including “Four Weddings and a Funeral,”…

Hugh Grant delights in playing the villain in HBO’s ‘The Undoing’

Starting in the mid 1990s, Hugh Grant was famous as the charming, slightly awkward but still witty heart throb in a string of romantic comedies including “Four Weddings and a Funeral,”…

Following a strong box office showing for “A Quiet Place Part II” over Memorial Day weekend, industry analysts are encouraged that the box office may well be on its way back.

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ offers box office hope, Endeavor holds first earnings call since IPO

Following a strong box office showing for “A Quiet Place Part II” over Memorial Day weekend, industry analysts are encouraged that the box office may well be on its way back.

Amazon is spending $8.45 billion to buy MGM, the 97-year-old studio behind the “Rocky” and “James Bond” franchises, as well as TV shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

MGM was long looking for a buyer. It found one in Amazon

Amazon is spending $8.45 billion to buy MGM, the 97-year-old studio behind the “Rocky” and “James Bond” franchises, as well as TV shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The USA series “Queen of the South,” which follows the fearless Teresa Mendoza as she escapes a cartel but then runs a drug empire herself, will finish its fifth and final season in…

With ‘Queen of the South’ wrapping up, producer David Friendly wonders what’s next

The USA series “Queen of the South,” which follows the fearless Teresa Mendoza as she escapes a cartel but then runs a drug empire herself, will finish its fifth and final season in…

The grand experiment that was AT&T’s ownership of WarnerMedia is coming to an end. The phone company will spin off its WarnerMedia assets Discovery.

David Zaslav to oversee massive media empire with the Discovery-WarnerMedia merger

The grand experiment that was AT&T’s ownership of WarnerMedia is coming to an end. The phone company will spin off its WarnerMedia assets Discovery.

In the new Peacock comedy “ Girls5eva ,” a one-hit wonder 1990s girls’ group gets a 21st century opportunity when a rapper named Lil’ Stinky decides to sample one of their tracks in a…

Meredith Scardino made a fake CD with fake songs to pitch ‘Girls5eva.’ Now the show is real

In the new Peacock comedy “ Girls5eva ,” a one-hit wonder 1990s girls’ group gets a 21st century opportunity when a rapper named Lil’ Stinky decides to sample one of their tracks in a…

The queen of daytime TV announced the upcoming 19th season of her show will be its last.

Ellen DeGeneres ends her show, following allegations of a toxic workplace and ratings dropoff

The queen of daytime TV announced the upcoming 19th season of her show will be its last.

Ever since the LA Times published a February report on corruption within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the governing body of the Golden Globes, the organization has been in…

NBC ditches Globes for 2022, ‘A Quiet Place 2’ stars upset over shorter theatrical window, Disney misses on subscriber goals

Ever since the LA Times published a February report on corruption within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the governing body of the Golden Globes, the organization has been in…

Evan Davis, Max Hoffman and Eileen Klomhaus remember being yelled at, belittled, and gaslighted by Hollywood producer Scott Rudin.

Former assistants on working with Scott Rudin: ‘It’s war time … all you’re thinking about is how you survive it’

Evan Davis, Max Hoffman and Eileen Klomhaus remember being yelled at, belittled, and gaslighted by Hollywood producer Scott Rudin.

Hollywood is having a moment of reckoning regarding abusive workplace behavior.

Rage coaches are suddenly all the rage in Hollywood

Hollywood is having a moment of reckoning regarding abusive workplace behavior.

When the pandemic hit London, director Simon Godwin's National Theatre production of “Romeo & Juliet” shut down.

To direct ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ Simon Godwin embraced the motto ‘the obstacle is the way’

When the pandemic hit London, director Simon Godwin's National Theatre production of “Romeo & Juliet” shut down.

For viewers who felt priced out of HBO Max’s $15 a month subscription fee, there will soon be a cheaper option.

New pricing option for HBO Max, Netflix embraces channel surfing

For viewers who felt priced out of HBO Max’s $15 a month subscription fee, there will soon be a cheaper option.

Chloé Zhao made history as the first woman of color to win Best Director and Best Picture, but the 2021 Oscars will be remembered for the awkward, COVID-era ceremony and blunt ending.

Oscars 2021: Historic wins for Chloé Zhao and ‘Nomadland’ overshadowed by multiple misfires

Chloé Zhao made history as the first woman of color to win Best Director and Best Picture, but the 2021 Oscars will be remembered for the awkward, COVID-era ceremony and blunt ending.

In his new HBO series “Exterminate All the Brutes,” filmmaker Raoul Peck jumps around the world, and goes forward and backward in time, tracing the history of white supremacy and…

In ‘Exterminate All the Brutes,’ Raoul Peck examines white supremacy through a personal lens

In his new HBO series “Exterminate All the Brutes,” filmmaker Raoul Peck jumps around the world, and goes forward and backward in time, tracing the history of white supremacy and…

Netflix hoped to add 6 million subscribers last quarter, but only added 4 million. The streaming giant pointed to COVID-19 as the reason for the slowed growth.

Netflix misses subscriber goal, Hollywood slow to react to Scott Rudin revelations

Netflix hoped to add 6 million subscribers last quarter, but only added 4 million. The streaming giant pointed to COVID-19 as the reason for the slowed growth.

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.