KCRW's The Business Support KCRW's public radio podcasts. Join online at KCRW.com or call 800-600-5279. The Business is the show about the business of show business. It goes beyond the glitz and glamour to the who, what, why and how of making movies and TV. The Business is hosted by respected entertainment industry journalist Kim Masters of the Hollywood Reporter and produced by KCRW. Each week The Business features an analysis of top Hollywood news with John Horn of the Los Angeles Times, in-depth interviews and the occasional feature story.
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Support KCRW's public radio podcasts. Join online at KCRW.com or call 800-600-5279. The Business is the show about the business of show business. It goes beyond the glitz and glamour to the who, what, why and how of making movies and TV. The Business is hosted by respected entertainment industry journalist Kim Masters of the Hollywood Reporter and produced by KCRW. Each week The Business features an analysis of top Hollywood news with John Horn of the Los Angeles Times, in-depth interviews and the occasional feature story.More from KCRW's The Business »

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'Breathe' director Andy Serkis & producer Jonathan Cavendish

Actor Andy Serkis is best known for his pioneering motion capture work. Now Serkis has stepped behind the camera to direct the new movie Breathe. The film is a very personal one for producer Jonathan Cavendish; it tells the true story of his remarkable parents. Serkis and Cavendish tell us why they wanted to make an old-fashioned love story like Breathe, give a Jungle Book update and talk about some of the new projects in the works at their performance capture studio Imaginarium.

'Breathe' director Andy Serkis & producer Jonathan Cavendish

Sean Baker on capturing childhood magic in 'The Florida Project'

First, a news banter checking in on the Harvey Weinstein saga. Then, filmmaker Sean Baker, known for shooting movies on the iPhone, tells us why he went old school 35mm with The Florida Project, and how the discipline required when using real film actually helped him work with five- and six-year-old actors.

Sean Baker on capturing childhood magic in 'The Florida Project'

Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests

We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.

Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests

Directors Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton on 'Battle of the Sexes'

Filmmakers and married couple Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton planned to release their film about the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs before the 2016 presidential election. Then their star, Emma Stone, signed on to make La La Land and Battle of the Sexes got pushed back. Now their film — about a battle against misogyny, gender discrimination and homophobia both on the tennis court and off — suddenly has more resonance than they expected.

Directors Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton on 'Battle of the Sexes'

'Will & Grace' returns to NBC, along with its original creators

When Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick went to his long-time writing partner David Kohan with the idea of reuniting the cast for a one-off web video, Kohan humored him. Little did he know the reunion would end up going far beyond that one short video. Will, Grace, Karen and of course, just Jack — are now coming back to NBC for two new seasons.

'Will & Grace' returns to NBC, along with its original creators

Mike White on 'Brad's Status,' social media and ambition

In writer-director Mike White's new movie Brad's Status, Ben Stiller plays a man consumed with jealousy of friends from college, based on their social media. White tells us why he wanted to make a movie about ambition in the age of Instagram, and the challenge of making humanist movies when the studios only want the next superhero franchise.

Mike White on 'Brad's Status,' social media and ambition

In 'The Deuce,' David Simon follows the money of the porn industry

When David Simon started shopping his new show The Deuce--about the rise and legalization of the porn industry--he quickly realized a lot of networks didn't quite grasp his seriousness of purpose. The creator of The Wire and Treme tells us how The Deuce ended up back at his longtime TV home, HBO, and why he ended up making a show about porn in the first place.

In 'The Deuce,' David Simon follows the money of the porn industry

Revisiting Shawn Levy: 'Stranger Things' & redefining his career

Director Shawn Levy built a career on the Night at the Museum franchise, but wanted to break out of his box. He set out to produce, and this past year scored with the Netflix mega-hit Stranger Things, now up for 18 Emmys. He tells us how he went about getting the industry to reconsider him.

Revisiting Shawn Levy: 'Stranger Things' & redefining his career

Chuck Lorre branches out with 'Disjointed' and 'Young Sheldon'

TV writer-producer Chuck Lorre has created some of the most successful multi-camera broadcast sitcoms ever, including Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory. Now he's entering a new stage in his career with two projects — the Netflix pot comedy Disjointed and the single camera show Young Sheldon for CBS--that are pushing him outside his previous purview.

Chuck Lorre branches out with 'Disjointed' and 'Young Sheldon'

For Billy Eichner, his time 'On the Street' got him an Emmy nom

Billy Eichner has had recent roles in Hulu's Difficult People, Netflix's Friends from College, and in the upcoming season of American Horror Story on FX. But it's through his truTV game show, Billy on the Street, that he's in the Emmy race. He tells us about the evolution of his person-on-the-street antics and why not every celebrity is a good fit for the show.

For Billy Eichner, his time 'On the Street' got him an Emmy nom

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