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. 

Filmmaker Siân Heder and actress Marlee Matlin tell KCRW about their journey to make “CODA,” a family drama featuring a mostly Deaf cast.

‘CODA’ star on Deaf representation: ‘We just have to continue to make noise’

Filmmaker Siân Heder and actress Marlee Matlin tell KCRW about their journey to make “CODA,” a family drama featuring a mostly Deaf cast.

Viewers can now stream the entirety of the upcoming Olympic Games on Peacock. But hosting the games in China comes with complications.

Winter Olympics and Super Bowl: Who will watch?

Viewers can now stream the entirety of the upcoming Olympic Games on Peacock. But hosting the games in China comes with complications.

Bradley Cooper shares his worries about the streaming future, even though his next film is going to Netflix.

Bradley Cooper on Rocket Raccoon’s voice, his next film going to Netflix

Bradley Cooper shares his worries about the streaming future, even though his next film is going to Netflix.

Netflix now costs as much as HBO Max. How will subscribers react to the price hike? In the world of linear TV, the CW is for sale, which puts a lot of TV writers out of a job.

Netflix raises prices, the CW up for sale

Netflix now costs as much as HBO Max. How will subscribers react to the price hike? In the world of linear TV, the CW is for sale, which puts a lot of TV writers out of a job.

Bradley Cooper tells KCRW about his two very different roles in “Licorice Pizza” and “Nightmare Alley.” And he discusses his passion to direct “A Star is Born.”

How Bradley Cooper had to be naked emotionally and physically in ‘Nightmare Alley’

Bradley Cooper tells KCRW about his two very different roles in “Licorice Pizza” and “Nightmare Alley.” And he discusses his passion to direct “A Star is Born.”

Disney CEO Bob Chapek sent a buzzword-laden memo outlining his strategy for the future. And the Oscars will have a host this year, but who wants that job?

Disney’s strategy for the future, who might host the Oscars

Disney CEO Bob Chapek sent a buzzword-laden memo outlining his strategy for the future. And the Oscars will have a host this year, but who wants that job?

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar is boasting about the strong subscription numbers for HBO and HBO Max, but questions remain. And the Golden Globes go on, barely.

HBO Max posts strong numbers, Globes goes on without glamor

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar is boasting about the strong subscription numbers for HBO and HBO Max, but questions remain. And the Golden Globes go on, barely.

Working in Iran, Asghar Farhadi makes compelling cinema despite strict government censorship. His new film “A Hero” is out now.

Asghar Farhadi on 'A Hero' and filmmaking under censorship

Working in Iran, Asghar Farhadi makes compelling cinema despite strict government censorship. His new film “A Hero” is out now.

Heading into 2022, major deals loom, Bob Chapek’s challenge to boost subscriber growth for Disney+, and legacy studios’ futures are up in the air.

Looking ahead to Hollywood in 2022

Heading into 2022, major deals loom, Bob Chapek’s challenge to boost subscriber growth for Disney+, and legacy studios’ futures are up in the air.

Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about finding her power as a director, which is how she wound up shooting “The Lost Daughter” in Greece.

In making 'The Lost Daughter,' Maggie Gyllenhaal found power as a director

Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about finding her power as a director, which is how she wound up shooting “The Lost Daughter” in Greece.

It's time for the 2021 Megabanter! The streaming wars ramped up. Scarlett Johansson sued Disney. And Netflix was the envy of all with “Squid Game.”

Megabanter 2021: Streaming wars get real, legacy studios at risk

It's time for the 2021 Megabanter! The streaming wars ramped up. Scarlett Johansson sued Disney. And Netflix was the envy of all with “Squid Game.”

The new Apple TV+ movie “Swan Song” is set in the not-too-distant future.

In ‘Swan Song,’ Mahershala Ali takes on 2 firsts: Leading role and producing

The new Apple TV+ movie “Swan Song” is set in the not-too-distant future.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” has already made more than $10 million overseas and will be a huge hit at home, despite the spread of the new Omicron variant.

Just how high will ‘Spider-Man’ swing at the box office?

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” has already made more than $10 million overseas and will be a huge hit at home, despite the spread of the new Omicron variant.

Early in the new animated documentary “Flee,” Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen asks his friend Amin to close his eyes and take a deep breath.

'Flee’: Director used animation to protect his Afghan friend’s identity

Early in the new animated documentary “Flee,” Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen asks his friend Amin to close his eyes and take a deep breath.

Steven Spielberg’s version of “West Side Story” is opening this weekend, and while the film has received strong reviews, it may find trouble at the box office.

‘West Side Story’ opens, Dem Congress members concerned about Discovery’s takeover of WarnerMedia

Steven Spielberg’s version of “West Side Story” is opening this weekend, and while the film has received strong reviews, it may find trouble at the box office.

KCRW continues its conversation with James Andrew Miller, author of ‘“Tinderbox,” a new oral history of HBO.

HBO Max is ‘one of the great branding disasters of all time,’ says author James Andrew Miller

KCRW continues its conversation with James Andrew Miller, author of ‘“Tinderbox,” a new oral history of HBO.

CNN suspended cable news host Chris Cuomo after new revelations detailed the extent of his efforts to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, fend off allegations of…

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo, Disney names a new board chair

CNN suspended cable news host Chris Cuomo after new revelations detailed the extent of his efforts to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, fend off allegations of…

Big budget action movies with big stars have traditionally been the bread and butter of Hollywood studios.

Can Netflix become the new home of blockbusters?

Big budget action movies with big stars have traditionally been the bread and butter of Hollywood studios.

The distinctive sound of crackling static might mean you’re about to watch “Succession” or “Insecure” — or maybe you’re going back to some of the greatest hits: “The Sopranos,” “The…

‘Tinderbox’: New book goes behind the scenes at HBO, where executives play their own ‘Game of Thrones’

The distinctive sound of crackling static might mean you’re about to watch “Succession” or “Insecure” — or maybe you’re going back to some of the greatest hits: “The Sopranos,” “The…

The new Netflix documentary “Procession” follows six men who were abused as children by Catholic priests, then decide to use theater techniques to help work through trauma.

Netflix’s ‘Procession’: Dan Laurine was going to work behind the scenes, but ended up in a starring role

The new Netflix documentary “Procession” follows six men who were abused as children by Catholic priests, then decide to use theater techniques to help work through trauma.