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 new documentary “On the Record,” available on HBO Max, explores multiple rape allegations against music mogul Russell Simmons.   
 Much of the film centers around Drew Dixon, one…

‘On the Record’ directors get dumped by Oprah days before Sundance. Then what happened?

The new documentary “On the Record,” available on HBO Max, explores multiple rape allegations against music mogul Russell Simmons.  Much of the film centers around Drew Dixon, one…

Apple is upping its movie game and putting its stamp on an awards-caliber film.

Hollywood news banter: Scorsese scores a deal at Apple, Disney World to reopen

Apple is upping its movie game and putting its stamp on an awards-caliber film.

In a time when live sports are benched indefinitely, “The Last Dance” has been a lifeline for ESPN.

‘The Last Dance’ series on Michael Jordan: Jason Hehir hustled to release it during pandemic

In a time when live sports are benched indefinitely, “The Last Dance” has been a lifeline for ESPN.

A new report from    Ampere Analysis    says the film and TV industry is set to lose $160 billion over the next five years because of the coronavirus shutdown.

Hollywood news banter: Production to resume, HBO Max coming soon

A new report from Ampere Analysis says the film and TV industry is set to lose $160 billion over the next five years because of the coronavirus shutdown.

This would usually be the time of year when the big broadcast networks gather in New York City for the upfronts.

Hollywood news banter: Trouble in TV advertising, ‘Hamilton’ to Disney+

This would usually be the time of year when the big broadcast networks gather in New York City for the upfronts.

The new Netflix movie “The Half of It” is a modern-day “Cyrano de Bergerac” — a romance by proxy but with a few twists.   
  Leah Lewis plays Ellie Chu, a bookish high school senior…

Alice Wu on her LGBTQ film ‘The Half of It,’ and why she took a break from Hollywood

The new Netflix movie “The Half of It” is a modern-day “Cyrano de Bergerac” — a romance by proxy but with a few twists.  Leah Lewis plays Ellie Chu, a bookish high school senior…

TV and film production remains largely at a standstill. But Rob West?

As pandemic hit Hollywood, prop maker Rob West moved to making face shields

TV and film production remains largely at a standstill. But Rob West?

Jeff Shell, the CEO of NBC Universal, has made some leadership changes at NBC.

Hollywood news banter: Andy Lack out at NBC News, Shanghai Disneyland to reopen

Jeff Shell, the CEO of NBC Universal, has made some leadership changes at NBC.

The new    FX on Hulu series “Mrs.

Dahvi Waller on ‘Mrs. America’ and post-production during pandemic

The new FX on Hulu series “Mrs.

On April 10, Universal made “Trolls World Tour” available to purchase through video on demand.

Hollywood news banter: Universal and AMC battle over theatrical windows

On April 10, Universal made “Trolls World Tour” available to purchase through video on demand.

Even before the Oscars, the Korean film “Parasite” already made history.

Replay: Bong Joon Ho on making ‘Parasite,’ then making history

Even before the Oscars, the Korean film “Parasite” already made history.

Georgia is aiming to reopen some businesses on April 27, with Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida not far behind. That includes movie theaters.

Hollywood news banter: When should movie theaters reopen?

Georgia is aiming to reopen some businesses on April 27, with Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida not far behind. That includes movie theaters.

Even the most well-informed Hollywood insiders were shocked when Disney CEO Bob Iger suddenly stepped down in late February.

Hollywood news banter: What exactly is Bob Iger’s job at Disney now?

Even the most well-informed Hollywood insiders were shocked when Disney CEO Bob Iger suddenly stepped down in late February.

This week we are remembering the late Matt Holzman, who personified KCRW.

Remembering KCRW’s Matt Holzman, creator of The Business

This week we are remembering the late Matt Holzman, who personified KCRW.

Jeffrey Katzenberg is nothing if not determined.

Eternal optimist Jeffrey Katzenberg on launching Quibi during a pandemic

Jeffrey Katzenberg is nothing if not determined.

The most recent episodes of the TBS late-night show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” starts with the usual theme song, but the set is now more … a setting.   
    
  As the…

Samantha Bee and Jason Jones take ‘Full Frontal’ to the forest

The most recent episodes of the TBS late-night show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” starts with the usual theme song, but the set is now more … a setting.  As the…

While many of      Disney’s businesses have suffered      due to the coronavirus pandemic, its new streaming service just hit a major milestone.

Hollywood news banter: Disney+ reaches 50 million subscribers, Quibi’s launch doesn’t attract so many viewers

While many of Disney’s businesses have suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic, its new streaming service just hit a major milestone.

In “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” first-time actress Sidney Flanigan plays Autumn, a 17 year old in a hollowed-out Pennsylvania town.

‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ director on making her art house abortion drama

In “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” first-time actress Sidney Flanigan plays Autumn, a 17 year old in a hollowed-out Pennsylvania town.

AT&T has appointed former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar as the new head of WarnerMedia. That means he’ll oversee HBO, HBO Max, CNN, Warner Bros. and other WarnerMedia properties.

Hollywood news banter: New WarnerMedia CEO; virtual SXSW

AT&T has appointed former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar as the new head of WarnerMedia. That means he’ll oversee HBO, HBO Max, CNN, Warner Bros. and other WarnerMedia properties.

With people staying home, TV viewership continues to be on the rise. Several new streaming services were planned to launch in the coming months.

Hollywood news banter: questions on Quibi, layoffs at Endeavor

With people staying home, TV viewership continues to be on the rise. Several new streaming services were planned to launch in the coming months.