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. 

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.

Emmy nomination voting is open.

Hollywood news banter: Is ‘Game of Thrones’ a category killer?

Emmy nomination voting is open.

Fox  won a legal victory  over Netflix in its lawsuit regarding executive poaching.

Hollywood news banter: Fox guards its henhouse

Fox won a legal victory over Netflix in its lawsuit regarding executive poaching.

In the Netflix dramedy series ‘Dead to Me,’ Christina Applegate plays new widow Jen, in shock after a hit-and-run killed her husband while he was out for a late-night jog.

'Dead to Me' creator on grief, friendship, and improv

In the Netflix dramedy series ‘Dead to Me,’ Christina Applegate plays new widow Jen, in shock after a hit-and-run killed her husband while he was out for a late-night jog.

You may have never heard of Clarence Avant, but this enigmatic manager, producer and record executive has touched the lives of a wide array of people you have heard of: Bill Withers,…

Reginald Hudlin on ‘The Black Godfather’ & black filmmakers breaking through

You may have never heard of Clarence Avant, but this enigmatic manager, producer and record executive has touched the lives of a wide array of people you have heard of: Bill Withers,…

Despite the hefty tax breaks, several big studios are now saying  they’ll have to bail  on production in Georgia if the state’s new, restrictive abortion law goes into effect.

Hollywood news banter: big studios may bail on Georgia over abortion bill

Despite the hefty tax breaks, several big studios are now saying they’ll have to bail on production in Georgia if the state’s new, restrictive abortion law goes into effect.

In 2017, after working at ESPN for more than ten years, Jemele Hill got one of the network’s plumb jobs--co-hosting the flagship evening show SportsCenter.

After ESPN, Jemele Hill begins a new chapter: producing, podcasting and more

In 2017, after working at ESPN for more than ten years, Jemele Hill got one of the network’s plumb jobs--co-hosting the flagship evening show SportsCenter.

Endeavor, the massive media company that owns the talent agency WME, as well as UFC and models and bull riders, is  filing to go public .

Hollywood news banter

Endeavor, the massive media company that owns the talent agency WME, as well as UFC and models and bull riders, is filing to go public .

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 .