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. 

Oscar-winner Julianne Moore and writer-director Bart Freundlich make movies together--and they’re also a married couple.

Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich on their careers and new film, ‘After the Wedding’

Oscar-winner Julianne Moore and writer-director Bart Freundlich make movies together--and they’re also a married couple.

CBS and Viacom have  officially recombined , but not without a major struggle. It took Shari Redstone years to bring the two parts of her father’s media empire back together.

Hollywood news banter: The triumph of Shari Redstone

CBS and Viacom have officially recombined , but not without a major struggle. It took Shari Redstone years to bring the two parts of her father’s media empire back together.

In the new coming-of-age movie ‘Blinded by the Light,’ newcomer Viveik Kalra plays Javed, a lonely and repressed teenager dealing with tough financial times and anti-Muslim sentiment…

Making ‘Blinded by the Light,’ following a red carpet run-in with Springsteen

In the new coming-of-age movie ‘Blinded by the Light,’ newcomer Viveik Kalra plays Javed, a lonely and repressed teenager dealing with tough financial times and anti-Muslim sentiment…

Even though Disney is dominating at the box office, its earnings this quarter  came in below expectations . The reason?

Hollywood news banter: Disney feels some indigestion

Even though Disney is dominating at the box office, its earnings this quarter came in below expectations . The reason?

Lulu Wang’s new movie ‘ The Farewell ,’ is, as advertised on the screen before the story even begins, “Based on an actual lie.”

Director Lulu Wang on making ‘The Farewell’

Lulu Wang’s new movie ‘ The Farewell ,’ is, as advertised on the screen before the story even begins, “Based on an actual lie.”

At TCA this week, CBS president Kelly Kahl told reporters that Michael Weatherly continues to star in and executive produce ‘Bull,’ even after  accusations of misconduct , in part…

Hollywood news banter: Calling ‘Bull’ on leadership coaching

At TCA this week, CBS president Kelly Kahl told reporters that Michael Weatherly continues to star in and executive produce ‘Bull,’ even after accusations of misconduct , in part…

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ opens this weekend.

Hollywood news banter

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ opens this weekend.

In Lynn Shelton’s new movie ‘Sword of Trust,’ Marc Maron plays Mel, a cranky, down-on-his-luck pawn shop owner in Alabama.

Marc Maron and Lynn Shelton on ‘Sword of Trust’

In Lynn Shelton’s new movie ‘Sword of Trust,’ Marc Maron plays Mel, a cranky, down-on-his-luck pawn shop owner in Alabama.

Emmy nominations  are out , and HBO has at least for this year bested rival Netflix.

Hollywood News Banter: Were Emmy nominations just business as usual?

Emmy nominations are out , and HBO has at least for this year bested rival Netflix.

Sarah Scott was a working actress in Hollywood with the usual ups and downs of a life in the entertainment industry.

Actress Sarah Scott on SAG-AFTRA in the Me Too era

Sarah Scott was a working actress in Hollywood with the usual ups and downs of a life in the entertainment industry.

Disney’s live action ‘Lion King’ arrives in theaters just days from now--and box-office expectations are higher than pride rock.

‘Lion King’ cinematographer Caleb Deschanel on falling in love with virtual animals

Disney’s live action ‘Lion King’ arrives in theaters just days from now--and box-office expectations are higher than pride rock.

WarnerMedia is  set to debut  its streaming service HBO Max next year filled with Warner Brothers content and taking one of Netflix’s crown jewels “Friends” with it.

Hollywood news banter

WarnerMedia is set to debut its streaming service HBO Max next year filled with Warner Brothers content and taking one of Netflix’s crown jewels “Friends” with it.

Director Reginald Hudlin’s most recent project is the Netflix documentary ‘The Black Godfather,’ which tells the story of Clarence Avant--a behind-the-scenes force in music, movies and…

Reginald Hudlin on writing ‘Black Panther’ comics and running BET...at the same time

Director Reginald Hudlin’s most recent project is the Netflix documentary ‘The Black Godfather,’ which tells the story of Clarence Avant--a behind-the-scenes force in music, movies and…

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.”

Ann Sarnoff is  the new head of Warner Bros . She has a lot of diverse experience in the industry, but not so much on the film side of things.

Hollywood news banter: Warner Bros. names new CEO

Ann Sarnoff is the new head of Warner Bros . She has a lot of diverse experience in the industry, but not so much on the film side of things.

The new documentary ‘ Maiden ’ tells the incredible story of the first all-female crew to compete in the grueling, months-long Whitbread Round the World sailing race.

Tracy Edwards and Alex Holmes on making 'Maiden,' and saving the boat to boot

The new documentary ‘ Maiden ’ tells the incredible story of the first all-female crew to compete in the grueling, months-long Whitbread Round the World sailing race.

Brooks Barnes, Hollywood reporter for The New York Times, joins Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

Hollywood news banter: 'On My Block' stars seek raises; WGA vs. ATA battle escalates

Brooks Barnes, Hollywood reporter for The New York Times, joins Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recently wrapped it’s 15th--yes, 15th!--season on ABC. The medical drama, created by Shonda Rhimes in 2005, is still the number one drama on the network.

'Grey's Anatomy' showrunner Krista Vernoff and writer Elisabeth Finch

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recently wrapped it’s 15th--yes, 15th!--season on ABC. The medical drama, created by Shonda Rhimes in 2005, is still the number one drama on the network.

Brooks Barnes, Hollywood reporter for The New York Times, joins Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

Hollywood news banter: Comedies in crisis at the box office

Brooks Barnes, Hollywood reporter for The New York Times, joins Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

A big flop is painful even to the most successful filmmakers.

The Business exclusive: Simon Kinberg on the dark fate of ‘Dark Phoenix’

A big flop is painful even to the most successful filmmakers.