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 Comey Rule” gives an unflinching yet empathetic look at former FBI director James Comey’s role in national politics before and after the 2016 election.

‘The Comey Rule’ brings Russian interference to the small screen

“The Comey Rule” gives an unflinching yet empathetic look at former FBI director James Comey’s role in national politics before and after the 2016 election.

Hollywood has returned to production, but this return to work has raised longstanding concerns about safety procedures and standards on set.

Hollywood returns to production, but will workers be protected?

Hollywood has returned to production, but this return to work has raised longstanding concerns about safety procedures and standards on set.

In a year with very few big movie releases, all eyes were on two films. There was Warner Bros.’

Inside studios’ release strategies for ‘Mulan’ and ‘Tenet’

In a year with very few big movie releases, all eyes were on two films. There was Warner Bros.’

This year’s awards season is full of twists and turns: virtual ceremonies and festivals, and Oscars campaigns that are more low-key than past years.

Emmys and Oscars adjust to virtual ceremonies and low-key campaigns

This year’s awards season is full of twists and turns: virtual ceremonies and festivals, and Oscars campaigns that are more low-key than past years.

At the Goldman Sachs investor conference Tuesday, media executives talked up the numbers for their streaming services.

Execs talk up streaming numbers for HBO Max, Peacock, CBS All Access

At the Goldman Sachs investor conference Tuesday, media executives talked up the numbers for their streaming services.

In her new indie drama “Lingua Franca,” filmmaker Isabel Sandoval plays Olivia, an undocumented Filipina immigrant working as a caregiver in Brooklyn.

Isabel Sandoval’s ‘Lingua Franca’ subverts trans narratives

In her new indie drama “Lingua Franca,” filmmaker Isabel Sandoval plays Olivia, an undocumented Filipina immigrant working as a caregiver in Brooklyn.

Two months after appointing Ted Sarandos as co-CEO, Netflix has continued to rearrange its upper leadership structure.

Netflix ousts beloved executive, Oscars set new eligibility requirements

Two months after appointing Ted Sarandos as co-CEO, Netflix has continued to rearrange its upper leadership structure.

After months of delays, Disney’s “Mulan” and Warner Bros.’

Warner Bros.’ ‘Tenet’ and Disney’s ‘Mulan’ debut after months of delays

After months of delays, Disney’s “Mulan” and Warner Bros.’

The Emmys are on the horizon, though this year’s ceremony will be virtual .

Greg Whiteley on Emmy-nominated Netflix series ‘Cheer’ — and the drama on and off screen

The Emmys are on the horizon, though this year’s ceremony will be virtual .

Hollywood is reeling from news of a new management company that is attracting some of the top agents in town.

Peter Micelli’s new firm shakes up major Hollywood agencies

Hollywood is reeling from news of a new management company that is attracting some of the top agents in town.

In their new Apple TV+ film “Boys State,” filmmakers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss plunge the viewer into an annual event of the same name that’s sponsored by the American Legion.

‘Boys State; directors talk casting, funding, Sundance bidding war

In their new Apple TV+ film “Boys State,” filmmakers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss plunge the viewer into an annual event of the same name that’s sponsored by the American Legion.

We’ve heard from lots of interesting guests in recent weeks, and they often have so much to say that we can’t fit it all into one episode.

The Business’ Greatest Hits: Catching up with Gina Prince-Bythewood, Prentice Penny, and Peter Medak

We’ve heard from lots of interesting guests in recent weeks, and they often have so much to say that we can’t fit it all into one episode.

Top NBCUniversal executive Ron Meyer has left his position following news that he was romantically linked with a young actress.

Hollywood news banter: Ron Meyer leaves NBCUniversal after romance with young actress, extortion attempt

Top NBCUniversal executive Ron Meyer has left his position following news that he was romantically linked with a young actress.

Bob Greenblatt has been removed from his position as chairman of WarnerMedia entertainment. Kevin Reilly, the chief content officer of streaming service HBO Max, was also laid off.

Hollywood news banter: Warner Bros. lays off 600, presses ahead with ‘Tenet’ release

Bob Greenblatt has been removed from his position as chairman of WarnerMedia entertainment. Kevin Reilly, the chief content officer of streaming service HBO Max, was also laid off.

The new documentary “Howard,” directed by Don Hahn, is an intimate portrait of the life of lyricist Howard Ashman, who worked on the soundtracks for beloved Broadway musicals and…

Remembering beloved ‘Little Mermaid’ lyricist through the Disney+ documentary ‘Howard’

The new documentary “Howard,” directed by Don Hahn, is an intimate portrait of the life of lyricist Howard Ashman, who worked on the soundtracks for beloved Broadway musicals and…

The coronavirus pandemic shut down two of Disney’s most profitable businesses, theme parks and movie distribution, but a strong showing for its subscription services was enough to…

Hollywood news banter: Will Disney’s pivot to streaming pay off?

The coronavirus pandemic shut down two of Disney’s most profitable businesses, theme parks and movie distribution, but a strong showing for its subscription services was enough to…

With every new episode of HBO’s “Insecure,” Twitter lights up with reactions and commentary from the show’s fervent fans.

After Emmys nod, ‘Insecure’ showrunner calls for Hollywood to step up representation

With every new episode of HBO’s “Insecure,” Twitter lights up with reactions and commentary from the show’s fervent fans.

Nominations for the 2020 Emmys have been released, and the field is wider than ever, with up to eight nominations in the comedy and drama categories.   
 HBO’s “Watchmen” tops the…

Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ nets 26 Emmys nominations

Nominations for the 2020 Emmys have been released, and the field is wider than ever, with up to eight nominations in the comedy and drama categories.  HBO’s “Watchmen” tops the…

For the last several months, movie theaters and studios have been struggling to make up for lost revenue.

Hollywood news banter: NBCUniversal and AMC strike historic deal

For the last several months, movie theaters and studios have been struggling to make up for lost revenue.

HBO’s new streaming service, HBO Max, added 4 million subscribers last quarter.

Hollywood news banter: HBO Max launch disappoints

HBO’s new streaming service, HBO Max, added 4 million subscribers last quarter.