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 ‘Minding the Gap’ starts as a look at young skateboarders in Rockford, Illinois. Life is coming at them fast, and all they really want to do is skate.

Revisiting Director Bing Liu on ‘Minding the Gap’

The documentary ‘Minding the Gap’ starts as a look at young skateboarders in Rockford, Illinois. Life is coming at them fast, and all they really want to do is skate.

It’s broadcast TV upfronts week in New York!

Hollywood news banter

It’s broadcast TV upfronts week in New York!

CBS recently  censored a musical segment  on ‘The Good Fight’ that was all about China.

Hollywood news banter

CBS recently censored a musical segment on ‘The Good Fight’ that was all about China.

Last month, members of the Writers Guild fired their agents en masse, after agencies refused to do away with packaging fees.

Valentina Garza and Mike Royce on TV staffing season without agents

Last month, members of the Writers Guild fired their agents en masse, after agencies refused to do away with packaging fees.

Dan Taberski was a longtime fan of the Fox show, ‘Cops’--a series of such lasting appeal that it’s now in its 31st season, with more than 1,000 episodes in the can.

Podcaster Dan Taberski on ‘Running from COPS’

Dan Taberski was a longtime fan of the Fox show, ‘Cops’--a series of such lasting appeal that it’s now in its 31st season, with more than 1,000 episodes in the can.

Robert Downey Jr.

Hollywood news banter: Iron Man? More like Platinum Man.

Robert Downey Jr.

The new BBC-HBO series ‘ Gentleman Jack ’ begins in the Britain of 1832--the tail end of the Industrial Revolution.

In 'Gentleman Jack,' Sally Wainwright brings Anne Lister to life

The new BBC-HBO series ‘ Gentleman Jack ’ begins in the Britain of 1832--the tail end of the Industrial Revolution.

Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of Walt Disney’s brother, is  calling out CEO Robert Iger’s astounding pay , especially compared to the median salary of a Disney worker.

Hollywood news banter: Disney versus Disney

Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of Walt Disney’s brother, is calling out CEO Robert Iger’s astounding pay , especially compared to the median salary of a Disney worker.

In the new Netflix comedy series ‘ Special ,’ Ryan O’Connell plays a version of himself. Ryan Hayes is a gay man beset by millennial angst, who also has cerebral palsy.

Ryan O’Connell on his new Netflix comedy series 'Special'

In the new Netflix comedy series ‘ Special ,’ Ryan O’Connell plays a version of himself. Ryan Hayes is a gay man beset by millennial angst, who also has cerebral palsy.

An already heated battle is now heading to court. The WGA  filed suit against  the top talent agencies over the practice of TV packaging.

Hollywood news banter: WGA sues the major talent agencies

An already heated battle is now heading to court. The WGA filed suit against the top talent agencies over the practice of TV packaging.

The 2008 documentary 'Food, Inc.' might have changed the way you eat, or at least changed the way you think about where meals come from.

As documentaries abound, Elise Pearlstein shares her view from the middle of it all

The 2008 documentary 'Food, Inc.' might have changed the way you eat, or at least changed the way you think about where meals come from.

Disney has finally announced many of the details related to its forthcoming streaming service Disney+. And well, there’s gonna be  a lot of content .

Hollywood news banter: D-Day is here

Disney has finally announced many of the details related to its forthcoming streaming service Disney+. And well, there’s gonna be a lot of content .

Can HBO continue to be HBO in a post-Game of Thrones world?   
 What is the DOJ doing  inserting itself  into the Netflix-Oscars battle?

Hollywood news banter: Is winter coming for HBO?

Can HBO continue to be HBO in a post-Game of Thrones world? What is the DOJ doing inserting itself into the Netflix-Oscars battle?

The FXX series ‘ You’re the Worst ’ begins with a meet-cute for its protagonists that actually is kind of ugly-cute.

Stephen Falk on the bumpy road that led to critically adored ‘You’re the Worst’

The FXX series ‘ You’re the Worst ’ begins with a meet-cute for its protagonists that actually is kind of ugly-cute.

In the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, Elizabeth Banks’ pink-haired character Effie Trinket had a memorable catchphrase: “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Actress, producer, director Elizabeth Banks on making it in the mainstream

In the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, Elizabeth Banks’ pink-haired character Effie Trinket had a memorable catchphrase: “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

After the Disney/Fox deal officially closed, the town was shocked to learn of the shuttering of Fox 2000. Where will  Elizabeth Gabler  end up next?

Hollywood news banter: Warners wants to hold onto J.J. Abrams. A lot.

After the Disney/Fox deal officially closed, the town was shocked to learn of the shuttering of Fox 2000. Where will Elizabeth Gabler end up next?

After a memorably violent scene at the beginning of the seventh season of ‘The Walking Dead,’ Steven Yeun was done playing Glenn, the affable pizza delivery guy turned zombie fighter.

After ‘The Walking Dead,’ actor Steven Yeun looks to break out of “beige” roles

After a memorably violent scene at the beginning of the seventh season of ‘The Walking Dead,’ Steven Yeun was done playing Glenn, the affable pizza delivery guy turned zombie fighter.

The new film ‘ Gloria Bell ’ stars Julianne Moore as a lonely divorcee in her late fifties who encounters a new love, played by John Turturro.

A visit to “the vortex” on the set of Sebastian Lelio’s ‘Gloria Bell’

The new film ‘ Gloria Bell ’ stars Julianne Moore as a lonely divorcee in her late fifties who encounters a new love, played by John Turturro.

Disney’s takeover of Fox has begun, and the creation of a content behemoth comes with  thousands of layoffs .

Hollywood news banter: the Mouse digests the Fox

Disney’s takeover of Fox has begun, and the creation of a content behemoth comes with thousands of layoffs .

We’ve all read about the celebrities caught up in the college admissions scandal, but there are big,  behind-the-scenes people involved as well , including investor Bill McGlashan, who…

Hollywood news banter: Charlotte’s web

We’ve all read about the celebrities caught up in the college admissions scandal, but there are big, behind-the-scenes people involved as well , including investor Bill McGlashan, who…