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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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For The Americans' showrunners, collaboration is key

Writer-producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields had never even met before they were teamed up to work on the FX spy series The Americans. What started as a blind date, of sorts, led to a creative friendship and one of the most critically acclaimed dramas on cable. Now Fields and Weisberg, as well as the stars of their show, are Emmy nominated for the series' fourth season.

For The Americans' showrunners, collaboration is key

'Grease: Live' Director Thomas Kail & Actor Sterling K. Brown

Thomas Kail won a Tony for directing Hamilton on Broadway. Now he's up for an Emmy after directing the TV musical Grease: Live on Fox. He tells us how having a specific vision for your project up front can save money in the long run. Then, actor Sterling K. Brown, also Emmy-nominated for his portrayal of Chris Darden on the FX limited series The People vs. O.J. Simpson, shares how he transformed into the complicated prosecutor.

'Grease: Live' Director Thomas Kail & Actor Sterling K. Brown

Robert Smigel & Triumph take on the election in Hulu special

Robert Smigel and his foul-mouthed puppet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog have been harassing unwitting subjects for almost 20 years. It's no surprise that in this election year, they found fertile ground (for Triumph to poop on). A two-part special on Hulu takes Triumph on new adventures on the campaign trail and at the conventions.

Robert Smigel & Triumph take on the election in Hulu special

Mike Birbiglia on how improv made him a better director

Comedian Mike Birbiglia's new film Don't Think Twice follows a close-knit improv group that starts to feel the strain when one of its members gets a big break on a hit TV show. Birbiglia tells us what improv and directing have in common, and how he's set out to "hand-deliver" his film to theaters.

Mike Birbiglia on how improv made him a better director

James Schamus makes directorial debut with 'Indignation'

James Schamus was a successful producer of independent films with his company, Good Machine, and then as the CEO of art-house label Focus Features for 13 years. In 2013, he was fired and decided to try something new. Schamus tells us about calling the shots on his directorial debut, Indignation.

James Schamus makes directorial debut with 'Indignation'

Joe Berlinger Reflects on Long Career & New Tony Robbins Doc

Joe Berlinger says his mind is boggled by the criticism of his new film, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru. Some critics think Berlinger should have approached his subject with a more skeptical eye, but the award-winning veteran documentarian says that was never the point of the movie.

Joe Berlinger Reflects on Long Career & New Tony Robbins Doc

Emmy-nominated Noah Hawley on crafting the 'Fargo' universe

Writer-producer Noah Hawley, recently Emmy-nominated for both writing and directing in season 2 of Fargo, tells us how he gets so much writing done, why he doesn't ever want to work in broadcast TV again, and what he knows so far about Fargo season 3.

Emmy-nominated Noah Hawley on crafting the 'Fargo' universe

Jerrod Carmichael on Bringing Heart and Truth Back to the Sitcom

Jerrod Carmichael's NBC series The Carmichael Show takes an old-fashioned approach to the sitcom--complete with a live studio audience. Still, the show tackles topical issues from guns to religion. He tells us why he loves the multi-cam set-up and what other modern day sitcoms are missing.

Jerrod Carmichael on Bringing Heart and Truth Back to the Sitcom

Revisiting Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Creator of Lifetime's 'UnREAL'

The dramedy UnREAL, now in its second season, is a major departure from the typical Lifetime fare. The series co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro tells us how her past experience working on The Bachelor led to the creation of a show all about the behind-the-scenes machinations of a reality TV producer.

Revisiting Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Creator of Lifetime's 'UnREAL'

Maria Bamford and Pam Brady on 'Lady Dynamite'

In the new Netflix series Lady Dynamite, comedian Maria Bamford plays a version of herself, trying to regain her footing following a battle with mental illness. Bamford and show co-creator Pam Brady talk about how they developed the show and keep the real Bamford sane on set while she plays the semi-fictional Bamford on TV.

Maria Bamford and Pam Brady on 'Lady Dynamite'

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