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. 

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is a passionate historical romance that won two awards at Cannes and praise from critics worldwide.

Céline Sciamma on the politics of French filmmaking and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is a passionate historical romance that won two awards at Cannes and praise from critics worldwide.

The Hollywood Reporter    broke the news    that Universal had set a new release date in March for the Jason Blum horror-satire movie “The Hunt.”

Hollywood news banter: ‘The Hunt’ is back on

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Universal had set a new release date in March for the Jason Blum horror-satire movie “The Hunt.”

Kim and Matt met up the morning after the Oscars to talk "Parasite" making history, Netflix nearly striking out, and hold on, what was Eminem doing there?

Post-Oscars bonus banter!

Kim and Matt met up the morning after the Oscars to talk "Parasite" making history, Netflix nearly striking out, and hold on, what was Eminem doing there?

The Netflix series “Cheer” focuses on the stressful lives of junior college cheerleaders fighting for their next national championship.

Director Greg Whiteley on why he owes an apology to a set of ‘Cheer’ parents

The Netflix series “Cheer” focuses on the stressful lives of junior college cheerleaders fighting for their next national championship.

The Hollywood Reporter    broke down the numbers    behind the Academy’s recent push for diversity.

Hollywood news banter: Oscars so white and so male forever?

The Hollywood Reporter broke down the numbers behind the Academy’s recent push for diversity.

Emma Watts  is stepping down  from her role as chief of 20th Century Studios, less than a year after Disney completed its merger with Fox.

Hollywood news banter: Disney continues to obliterate Fox

Emma Watts is stepping down from her role as chief of 20th Century Studios, less than a year after Disney completed its merger with Fox.

Waad al-Kateab lived inside a besieged Syrian hospital, documenting the brutal reality -- mixed with joy and humanity -- of everyday life in Aleppo.

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts on their Oscar-nominated doc ‘For Sama’

Waad al-Kateab lived inside a besieged Syrian hospital, documenting the brutal reality -- mixed with joy and humanity -- of everyday life in Aleppo.

Through her deal with Apple, Oprah Winfrey was set to back a documentary about alleged rapes committed by Russell Simmons, but  she pulled out shortly  before the film’s debut at…

Hollywood news banter: Major drama after Oprah backs out of a doc on Russell Simmons

Through her deal with Apple, Oprah Winfrey was set to back a documentary about alleged rapes committed by Russell Simmons, but she pulled out shortly before the film’s debut at…

The Korean film “ Parasite ” has already made history--becoming the first Asian movie to ever win the top prize of Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards and the first Korean film to win the…

Director Bong Joon Ho on the 6-time Oscar-nominated 'Parasite'

The Korean film “ Parasite ” has already made history--becoming the first Asian movie to ever win the top prize of Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards and the first Korean film to win the…

Peacock, the streaming service from NBCUniversal, had its big presentation this week and we now know it will come with multiple tiers and pricing options.

Hollywood news banter: Peacock emerges from its shell

Peacock, the streaming service from NBCUniversal, had its big presentation this week and we now know it will come with multiple tiers and pricing options.

In October 2017, The New York Times published the first exposé on Harvey Weinstein, quickly followed by Ronan Farrow’s article in The New Yorker.

A podcast crossover event! Kim Masters on 'The Catch and Kill Podcast'

In October 2017, The New York Times published the first exposé on Harvey Weinstein, quickly followed by Ronan Farrow’s article in The New Yorker.

As MGM undergoes an executive shake-up,  questions emerge . Who reports to whom?

Hollywood news banter: Making sense of MGM

As MGM undergoes an executive shake-up, questions emerge . Who reports to whom?

We recently heard from filmmakers who've made it in the movie business. But hitting those career highs came with serious lows.

Nanfu Wang, Greta Gerwig and Victoria Mahoney on the struggles of starting out

We recently heard from filmmakers who've made it in the movie business. But hitting those career highs came with serious lows.

Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, and Lucas Shaw, entertainment reporter for Bloomberg, join Kim Masters to discuss top industry news stories heading into…

Hollywood news banter: Looking at the year ahead

Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, and Lucas Shaw, entertainment reporter for Bloomberg, join Kim Masters to discuss top industry news stories heading into…

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

Revisiting filmmaker Lulu Wang on making the very personal ‘The Farewell’

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

Victoria Mahoney is the first woman and first person of color to direct in the “Star Wars” movie universe.

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ second unit director Victoria Mahoney on her journey to the ‘Star Wars’ universe

Victoria Mahoney is the first woman and first person of color to direct in the “Star Wars” movie universe.

While Kim Masters is out of town, Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

Hollywood news banter: A troubling pattern at Showtime

While Kim Masters is out of town, Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

The streaming wars got real, writers fired their agents and time was up--or was it?

Megabanter year-in-review: 2019 edition

The streaming wars got real, writers fired their agents and time was up--or was it?

Nanfu Wang talks about returning to her home country, and discovering things she never knew about China’s one-child policy at large and within her own family.

Nanfu Wang on discovering the power of propaganda while making ‘One Child Nation’

Nanfu Wang talks about returning to her home country, and discovering things she never knew about China’s one-child policy at large and within her own family.

Harvey Weinstein and his accusers who took him to civil court may have  reached a settlement , but it doesn’t look much like justice.

Hollywood news banter: Yes, there’s maybe a Weinstein settlement, but be sure to read the fine print

Harvey Weinstein and his accusers who took him to civil court may have reached a settlement , but it doesn’t look much like justice.