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 documentary “Collective” begins with footage of a 2015 fire at a Bucharest nightclub that immediately killed 27 people.

In ‘Collective,’ Alexander Nanau follows journalists who uncovered a massive scandal at Romanian hospitals

The documentary “Collective” begins with footage of a 2015 fire at a Bucharest nightclub that immediately killed 27 people.

Netflix continues its reign as king of the streaming space, recently announcing it has 200 million subscribers.

Netflix hits 200 million subscribers, with a huge boost from international viewers

Netflix continues its reign as king of the streaming space, recently announcing it has 200 million subscribers.

This week there’s a sporty, slimy bonus for podcast listeners. Sports radio host Hayes Permar offers his take on the recent NFL game that aired on the kids’ channel Nickelodeon.

Podcast bonus: NFL on Nickelodeon

This week there’s a sporty, slimy bonus for podcast listeners. Sports radio host Hayes Permar offers his take on the recent NFL game that aired on the kids’ channel Nickelodeon.

Nielsen released viewing numbers for the end of 2020, and looking at top 10 lists in the streaming world, Netflix dominated, though many of its most popular shows were not original…

The 2020 Nielsen streaming numbers are out and ‘The Office’ takes top spot

Nielsen released viewing numbers for the end of 2020, and looking at top 10 lists in the streaming world, Netflix dominated, though many of its most popular shows were not original…

In the new Netflix movie “The Midnight Sky,” George Clooney plays the lone scientist left on an Arctic observatory after an unnamed disaster makes Earth uninhabitable.

‘It's devastating to watch the people's House being desecrated’: George Clooney on insurrection, plus film changes

In the new Netflix movie “The Midnight Sky,” George Clooney plays the lone scientist left on an Arctic observatory after an unnamed disaster makes Earth uninhabitable.

Bryan Fogel’s latest documentary is “The Dissident,” now available on-demand.

When no distributors wanted Bryan Fogel’s new film ‘The Dissident,’ Tom Ortenberg stepped up

Bryan Fogel’s latest documentary is “The Dissident,” now available on-demand.

Following the attack on the U.S.

Facebook dumps Trump, plus analysis of the ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ experiment

Following the attack on the U.S.

George Clooney exclusively told KCRW that President Donald Trump and his family will be put “into the dustbin of history” after a Trump-supporting mob besieged the Capitol building on…

KCRW Exclusive: George Clooney says Trump’s ‘name will now forever be associated with insurrection’

George Clooney exclusively told KCRW that President Donald Trump and his family will be put “into the dustbin of history” after a Trump-supporting mob besieged the Capitol building on…

For Abigail Disney, growing up with that famous last name came with so much baggage that she almost ditched the Disney name altogether.

Abigail Disney remembers how things changed when Michael Eisner took over

For Abigail Disney, growing up with that famous last name came with so much baggage that she almost ditched the Disney name altogether.

As more people get vaccinated, how soon will crowds head back to movie theaters? That’s the big question Hollywood will be attempting to determine in early 2021.

Looking ahead to 2021: the fate of movie theaters and HBO Max’s streaming plan

As more people get vaccinated, how soon will crowds head back to movie theaters? That’s the big question Hollywood will be attempting to determine in early 2021.

Banter buddies Matt Belloni and Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw join Kim Masters for a 2020 mega banter.

2020 Mega banter: Pandemic-paused productions, WarnerMedia’s surprise, WGA’s victory

Banter buddies Matt Belloni and Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw join Kim Masters for a 2020 mega banter.

Eric Deggans says when it comes to breadth and depth of library content, Disney+ leads the way.

Disney+ and HBO Max top the list of best streamers for NPR TV critic Eric Deggans

Eric Deggans says when it comes to breadth and depth of library content, Disney+ leads the way.

Nearly seven months after WarnerMedia launched HBO Max, users of the digital media player Roku finally have access to the streaming service.

HBO Max and Roku finally cut a deal

Nearly seven months after WarnerMedia launched HBO Max, users of the digital media player Roku finally have access to the streaming service.

On December 10, during Disney’s four-hour investor conference, the company announced a long list of spin-offs and series for its Disney+ streaming service.

Abigail Disney on Disney’s moral breakdown: ‘I think the company needs to be saved from itself’

On December 10, during Disney’s four-hour investor conference, the company announced a long list of spin-offs and series for its Disney+ streaming service.

When WarnerMedia announced all of its 2021 movies would stream on HBO Max the same day they open in theaters, Hollywood was blindsided. Now the industry is starting to speak out.

As Hollywood fumes over WarnerMedia’s move to go all-in on streaming, Disney offers a more hybrid approach

When WarnerMedia announced all of its 2021 movies would stream on HBO Max the same day they open in theaters, Hollywood was blindsided. Now the industry is starting to speak out.

Hollywood is still feeling the aftershocks of WarnerMedia’s announcement that it would stream all its 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day they open in theaters.

‘I would have called my lawyer’: Jason Blum on Hollywood’s WarnerMedia upheaval

Hollywood is still feeling the aftershocks of WarnerMedia’s announcement that it would stream all its 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day they open in theaters.

WarnerMedia announced it’s putting its entire 2021 movie slate, all 17 films, on HBOMax on the same day the movies premiere in theaters.

Industry surprise: All 2021 Warner Bros. movies will stream on HBO Max the same day they open in theaters

WarnerMedia announced it’s putting its entire 2021 movie slate, all 17 films, on HBOMax on the same day the movies premiere in theaters.

In the new film version of “ Between the World and Me ,” now streaming on HBO Max, Black actors and activists perform stirring monologues from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2015 book.

In a moment of racial reckoning, Kamilah Forbes quickly turned ‘Between the World and Me’ into a film

In the new film version of “ Between the World and Me ,” now streaming on HBO Max, Black actors and activists perform stirring monologues from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2015 book.

MGM Studios has long been seen as an acquisition target in Hollywood, but a new investigation by Kim Masters suggests worldwide television chairman Mark Burnett is making any possible…

Mark Burnett’s troubled reign at MGM, and Netflix’s sketchy metrics

MGM Studios has long been seen as an acquisition target in Hollywood, but a new investigation by Kim Masters suggests worldwide television chairman Mark Burnett is making any possible…

In the new movie “Run,” now streaming on Hulu, Sarah Paulson plays Diane, a very dedicated mother who homeschools her daughter Chloe, a senior in high school.

Director Aneesh Chaganty and star Kiera Allen made a boundary-breaking thriller in ‘Run’

In the new movie “Run,” now streaming on Hulu, Sarah Paulson plays Diane, a very dedicated mother who homeschools her daughter Chloe, a senior in high school.