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 new film version of ‘Little Women,’ like the book, tells the story of the four March sisters, coming of age in 1860’s Massachusetts.

How Greta Gerwig channeled her inner Jo March to make ‘Little Women’

The new film version of ‘Little Women,’ like the book, tells the story of the four March sisters, coming of age in 1860’s Massachusetts.

NBC has another problem on its hands. This time it’s not in the news division, but on the broadcast side with "America’s Got Talent."

Hollywood news banter: ‘America’s Got Talent's’ got problems

NBC has another problem on its hands. This time it’s not in the news division, but on the broadcast side with "America’s Got Talent."

Part of the  streaming wars  is figured out how to release episodes--all at once, weekly, or some combination of the two?

Hollywood news banter: To binge or not to binge?

Part of the streaming wars is figured out how to release episodes--all at once, weekly, or some combination of the two?

If you’re on Hollywood Twitter, you may have seen assistant horror stories shared in recent weeks with #PayUpHollywood, which has now turned into a bonafide movement.

Why assistants are telling Hollywood it’s time to pay up

If you’re on Hollywood Twitter, you may have seen assistant horror stories shared in recent weeks with #PayUpHollywood, which has now turned into a bonafide movement.

The new Clint Eastwood movie ‘Richard Jewell’ includes a  journalist character who shares the name with a real Atlanta-based reporter .

Hollywood news banter: The hazards of making movies about real people

The new Clint Eastwood movie ‘Richard Jewell’ includes a journalist character who shares the name with a real Atlanta-based reporter .

Most filmmakers hide for a while after a bomb, but not ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ director Tim Miller.   
  
  Miller thought it was a dream come true when he got a chance to direct a…

Tim Miller on ‘Terminator’ box office woes: 'I’m processing, but I’m very proud of the movie'

Most filmmakers hide for a while after a bomb, but not ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ director Tim Miller.  Miller thought it was a dream come true when he got a chance to direct a…

Last year’s WWI documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" gave new life to some very old film footage.

Revisiting Peter Jackson on giving old WWI footage new life

Last year’s WWI documentary "They Shall Not Grow Old" gave new life to some very old film footage.

Disney+ has been revealed. There are  lots of subscribers , but how many are getting it for free through Verizon?

Hollywood news banter: Lots of streaming options but who's actually watching?

Disney+ has been revealed. There are lots of subscribers , but how many are getting it for free through Verizon?

At a recent conference,  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings spoke out about some topics , and not everyone in Hollywood will like what he had to say.

Hollywood news banter: Netflix’s Reed Hastings speaks his truth

At a recent conference, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings spoke out about some topics , and not everyone in Hollywood will like what he had to say.

In the trailer of the Universal movie ‘The Hunt,’ produced by horror kingpin Jason Blum, a character explains, “Every year a bunch of elites kidnap normal folk like us...and hunt us…

Writer Damon Lindelof on what happened with ‘The Hunt’

In the trailer of the Universal movie ‘The Hunt,’ produced by horror kingpin Jason Blum, a character explains, “Every year a bunch of elites kidnap normal folk like us...and hunt us…

The new HBO series ‘ Watchmen ’ is a sort-of sequel to the dark 1980s DC comic book series of the same name.

Damon Lindelof on dealing with curses to make an updated take on ‘Watchmen’

The new HBO series ‘ Watchmen ’ is a sort-of sequel to the dark 1980s DC comic book series of the same name.

‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were supposed to do three new ‘Star Wars’ movies.

Hollywood news banter: ‘Star Wars’ wars

‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were supposed to do three new ‘Star Wars’ movies.

Rose McGowan  is suing Weinstein , his lawyers, and the intelligence agency Black Cube for racketeering, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and more.   
  Do you have…

Hollywood news banter: Rose McGowan sues Harvey Weinstein, Lisa Bloom and others

Rose McGowan is suing Weinstein , his lawyers, and the intelligence agency Black Cube for racketeering, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress and more.  Do you have…

The new Hulu series ‘ Looking for Alaska ’ follows the coming of age of Miles, a morose teenager who convinces his parents to send him to Culver Creek, a boarding school that looks a…

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage on their Hulu series ‘Looking for Alaska’

The new Hulu series ‘ Looking for Alaska ’ follows the coming of age of Miles, a morose teenager who convinces his parents to send him to Culver Creek, a boarding school that looks a…

The new documentary ‘ The Cave ’ follows Syrian doctor Amani Ballour--a 30-year-old pediatrician and the country’s only female hospital manager.

In 'The Cave,' Feras Fayyad profiles a brave Syrian doctor working underground

The new documentary ‘ The Cave ’ follows Syrian doctor Amani Ballour--a 30-year-old pediatrician and the country’s only female hospital manager.

For years, the big studios have been self-censoring in an effort to get their films to play in China. Now, ‘South Park’ is confronting the issue of Hollywood and China head-on.

Hollywood news banter: ‘South Park’ pulls the dragon’s tail

For years, the big studios have been self-censoring in an effort to get their films to play in China. Now, ‘South Park’ is confronting the issue of Hollywood and China head-on.

If you subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO NOW--and maybe a couple others--you may feel like your TV streaming plate is pretty full.

A deep dive on an industry in upheaval with analyst Rich Greenfield

If you subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO NOW--and maybe a couple others--you may feel like your TV streaming plate is pretty full.

In Ronan Farrow’s new book,  he alleges  that NBC News never aired his Harvey Weinstein reporting because the network was being held hostage by Weinstein and his allies, who claimed to…

Hollywood news banter: Explosive allegations against NBC News in Ronan Farrow’s new book

In Ronan Farrow’s new book, he alleges that NBC News never aired his Harvey Weinstein reporting because the network was being held hostage by Weinstein and his allies, who claimed to…

‘Joker’ looks like it’ll  go wild at the box office , but there are real concerns that the dark and violent film could risk inspiring actual violence.   
  What’s next for Endeavor…

Hollywood news banter: ‘Joker’ brings box office rewards, also concerns

‘Joker’ looks like it’ll go wild at the box office , but there are real concerns that the dark and violent film could risk inspiring actual violence.  What’s next for Endeavor…

We sat down recently with filmmaker Kevin Smith in his home studio to talk about his new movie ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’--and a lot of other stuff.   
   Last week  we covered…

Reporter Gary Baum on Stan Lee’s difficult final year and claims of elder abuse

We sat down recently with filmmaker Kevin Smith in his home studio to talk about his new movie ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’--and a lot of other stuff.  Last week we covered…