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. 

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.

In The Hollywood Reporter , Kim Masters and Gary Baum did a deep dive into the shady side of independent filmmaking.

The shady side of some indie filmmaking, and Netflix has a new ratings system

In The Hollywood Reporter , Kim Masters and Gary Baum did a deep dive into the shady side of independent filmmaking.

Hollywood studios are tightening up their COVID-19 vaccine requirements. This is a safety issue but also a financial one.

Vaccine mandates vs. unvaccinated stars, Brian Williams to leave MSNBC

Hollywood studios are tightening up their COVID-19 vaccine requirements. This is a safety issue but also a financial one.

HBO’s dark comedy “Succession” continues to follow the super rich and deeply dysfunctional Roy family.

Kieran Culkin on being a child actor to starring in ‘Succession’ and hosting ‘SNL’

HBO’s dark comedy “Succession” continues to follow the super rich and deeply dysfunctional Roy family.

It may be months before the full investigation into the “Rust” tragedy is complete, but in the meantime, attorneys for the film’s armorer, the person who oversees weapons on a film,…

Attorneys for the ‘Rust’ armorer speculate sabotage on set

It may be months before the full investigation into the “Rust” tragedy is complete, but in the meantime, attorneys for the film’s armorer, the person who oversees weapons on a film,…

The new Netflix documentary “Found” follows the unique friendship of teenagers Chloe, Lily and Sadie.

‘Found’: An emotional film about adopted cousins reconnecting. Here’s how the filmmakers managed to shoot in China

The new Netflix documentary “Found” follows the unique friendship of teenagers Chloe, Lily and Sadie.

It may take months to learn all that went wrong on the set of “Rust,” resulting in the death of 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Armorer analyzes ‘Rust’ red flags, hopes for changes in on-set safety

It may take months to learn all that went wrong on the set of “Rust,” resulting in the death of 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

As authorities continue what could be a months-long investigation into the on-set shooting tragedy that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, those on the business side of things in…

Examining the ‘Rust’ tragedy from a business perspective, ‘Dune’ sequel is a go

As authorities continue what could be a months-long investigation into the on-set shooting tragedy that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, those on the business side of things in…

“The Sparks Brothers,” a documentary from filmmaker Edgar Wright, goes deep into the enigmatic world of Ron and Russell Mael.

Replay: Edgar Wright on ‘The Sparks Brothers’ and originality in Hollywood

“The Sparks Brothers,” a documentary from filmmaker Edgar Wright, goes deep into the enigmatic world of Ron and Russell Mael.

There’s continued unrest at Netflix following the release of the Dave Chappelle comedy special “The Closer,” which includes material that’s been widely labeled transphobic and…

Internal strife at Netflix, HBO Max numbers, IATSE contract still needs to be ratified

There’s continued unrest at Netflix following the release of the Dave Chappelle comedy special “The Closer,” which includes material that’s been widely labeled transphobic and…

The HBO series “Succession” follows the super rich and deeply dysfunctional Roy family, as the kids fight to win patriarch Logan Roy's favor and lock down a position of power in their…

‘Succession’: How Jesse Armstrong created the most dysfunctional family on television

The HBO series “Succession” follows the super rich and deeply dysfunctional Roy family, as the kids fight to win patriarch Logan Roy's favor and lock down a position of power in their…

Netflix is in hot water after a series of failed PR moves following the release of Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special, “The Closer.”

Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special prompts backlash, employees plan a walkout in protest

Netflix is in hot water after a series of failed PR moves following the release of Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special, “The Closer.”

All is not well between Bob Iger and Bob Chapek at Disney, as detailed in a Hollywood Reporter article by Kim Masters.

At Disney, it’s Bob vs. Bob

All is not well between Bob Iger and Bob Chapek at Disney, as detailed in a Hollywood Reporter article by Kim Masters.

In the new series “Dopesick,” which premieres on Hulu on October 13, Michael Keaton plays Samuel Finnix, a salt-of-the-earth country doctor in Appalachia.

To create Hulu’s ‘Dopesick,’ Danny Strong fell down the Purdue Pharma rabbithole

In the new series “Dopesick,” which premieres on Hulu on October 13, Michael Keaton plays Samuel Finnix, a salt-of-the-earth country doctor in Appalachia.

For a long time, WME and CAA have been the number one and number two agencies in Hollywood.

CAA acquires ICM, Korean series ‘Squid Game’ is Netflix’s newest international hit

For a long time, WME and CAA have been the number one and number two agencies in Hollywood.

“When the Academy was founded in the late 1920s, they said, ‘Let’s build a film museum.’ So this has been going on for almost a century.

Ruby slippers, the ‘Psycho’ typewriter and more: Tour the Academy Museum with president Bill Kramer

“When the Academy was founded in the late 1920s, they said, ‘Let’s build a film museum.’ So this has been going on for almost a century.

In recent weeks, members of the union IATSE — the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees — have been sharing their experiences, many of them posting anonymously on the…

Low wages, grueling hours, lack of rest: Why IATSE is ready to strike

In recent weeks, members of the union IATSE — the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees — have been sharing their experiences, many of them posting anonymously on the…

Netflix has franchise-envy. Disney’s got Marvel and “Star Wars,” and Warner Bros. has DC Comics.

In search of a golden ticket, Netflix buys the Roald Dahl characters

Netflix has franchise-envy. Disney’s got Marvel and “Star Wars,” and Warner Bros. has DC Comics.