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 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.

“The Old Guard,” directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, is one of the biggest hit films of summer 2020.

Netflix’s ‘The Old Guard’ is a smash hit for director Gina Prince-Bythewood

“The Old Guard,” directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, is one of the biggest hit films of summer 2020.

Rod Lurie’s film “The Outpost” is a success story that almost never was. It’s based on Jake Tapper’s book “   The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor   .”

‘The Outpost’ becomes surprise on-demand hit after production nightmare

Rod Lurie’s film “The Outpost” is a success story that almost never was. It’s based on Jake Tapper’s book “ The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor .”

Netflix announced on Thursday that Chief of Content Ted Sarandos has been promoted to co-chief executive.

Hollywood news banter: Netflix quarterly report disappoints investors

Netflix announced on Thursday that Chief of Content Ted Sarandos has been promoted to co-chief executive.

NBC is preparing to launch its new streaming service Peacock on July 15. A slate of shows and movies will be aimed at casual viewers.

Hollywood news banter: Peacock prepares for launch, CBS fires showrunner Peter Lenkov

NBC is preparing to launch its new streaming service Peacock on July 15. A slate of shows and movies will be aimed at casual viewers.

The new documentary “The Ghost of Peter Sellers,” now    available on demand   , is about a troubled comedian and how one film never saw the light of day.

In ‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers,’ director Peter Medak revisits a production that still haunts him

The new documentary “The Ghost of Peter Sellers,” now available on demand , is about a troubled comedian and how one film never saw the light of day.

The new documentary “Welcome to Chechnya” available on HBO and HBO Max, looks at the dangers for LGBTQ people in Russia’s Chechen Republic.

‘Welcome to Chechnya’ documents campaign to eradicate LGBT people in the Chechen Republic

The new documentary “Welcome to Chechnya” available on HBO and HBO Max, looks at the dangers for LGBTQ people in Russia’s Chechen Republic.

More than a year ago, thousands of    writers fired their agents    over the practice of    packaging fees   .

Hollywood news banter: Writers Guild and studios reach a deal, Academy adds news members

More than a year ago, thousands of writers fired their agents over the practice of packaging fees .

Last decade was huge for transgender representation in Hollywood.

In ‘Disclosure,’ Laverne Cox and Sam Feder explore trans representation in media

Last decade was huge for transgender representation in Hollywood.

Hollywood remains desperate to get back to business, but with COVID-19 cases    spiking across the country   , any major reopening is likely a long way off.   
  Director Christopher…

Hollywood news banter: Disneyland reopening delayed, studio movies in limbo

Hollywood remains desperate to get back to business, but with COVID-19 cases spiking across the country , any major reopening is likely a long way off.  Director Christopher…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscars ceremony    will be postponed    from February 28 until April 21, 2021, and the eligibility requirement for films,…

Hollywood news banter: Oscars pushed, Hollywood’s silence on Georgia

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscars ceremony will be postponed from February 28 until April 21, 2021, and the eligibility requirement for films,…

In the new dramedy ‘“The King of Staten Island,” Pete Davidson plays Scott — a stoner in his twenties who lives at home with his mom.

Judd Apatow on ‘The King of Staten Island’ and his unfunny Twitter presence

In the new dramedy ‘“The King of Staten Island,” Pete Davidson plays Scott — a stoner in his twenties who lives at home with his mom.

Companies, celebrities, and influencers have released statements that express support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Does Hollywood really believe Black Lives Matter? Social media solidarity isn’t enough

Companies, celebrities, and influencers have released statements that express support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Dan Taberski talked to    The Business    last year about his podcast, “Running from Cops” — about the long-running and money-minting reality show.   
  He and a team of six screeners…

Podcaster Dan Taberski on the cancelation of ‘Cops’

Dan Taberski talked to The Business last year about his podcast, “Running from Cops” — about the long-running and money-minting reality show.  He and a team of six screeners…

Last year, dream hampton came on on    The Business    to talk about her Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly.”

dream hampton on problematic policing on TV

Last year, dream hampton came on on The Business to talk about her Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly.”

Hollywood is reckoning with onscreen depictions of racism and police violence.

Hollywood news banter: police on TV, Disneyland reopening

Hollywood is reckoning with onscreen depictions of racism and police violence.