KCRW's 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.
KCRW's The Business

KCRW's The Business

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

Instability at WarnerMedia, revisiting 'Disclosure' with Laverne Cox and Sam Feder

Kim Masters and Matt Belloni offer a fresh banter about the current awkwardness at WarnerMedia. The company is set to spin off from AT&T and merge with Discovery, but the deal will be delayed while undergoing federal review. And The Business replays a conversation with director Sam Feder and executive producer Laverne Cox about their documentary "Disclosure," which explores the history of trans representation in Hollywood.

Instability at WarnerMedia, revisiting 'Disclosure' with Laverne Cox and Sam Feder

Hugh Grant on Murdoch phone hacking scandal and embracing the bad guy role

Earlier in his career, Hugh Grant played the charming lead in romantic comedies. But lately, Grant has relished performing the role of the bad guy, including in the HBO series "The Undoing." He talks about embracing his dark side on screen and reflects on his decade of work as an activist following the UK phone hacking scandal that engulfed the Murdoch clan a decade ago and continues to reverberate today.

Hugh Grant on Murdoch phone hacking scandal and embracing the bad guy role

'Queen of the South' producer David Friendly ponders his place in a changing industry

Veteran producer David Friendly's many film credits include three "Big Momma's House" movies. But as Hollywood became less friendly towards his type of mid-budget pictures, he pivoted to television. Now with his USA TV series "Queen of the South" wrapping up after five seasons, he is finding that adapting yet again in an industry obsessed with streaming is hard, even after years of success.

'Queen of the South' producer David Friendly ponders his place in a changing industry

'Girls5eva' creator Meredith Scardino on Peacock's new musical comedy series

When Meredith Scardino pitched her musical comedy series "Girls5eva," about an all-but-forgotten late 1990s girl group that reunites in their forties, she made a fake CD case, complete with track listing, cellophane wrapper and discount stickers. That fake album generated real interest, and now "Girls5eva" is a buzzy new show for Peacock.

'Girls5eva' creator Meredith Scardino on Peacock's new musical comedy series

NBC drops the Globes, Disney subscriber numbers disappoint, and Ellen says so long

It's a mid-May mega banter! NBC bounces the 2022 Golden Globes, Disney subscriber numbers disappoint, the stars of "A Quiet Place 2" make some noise over the movie's theatrical run, and Ellen DeGeneres calls it quits. Kim Masters tackles it all with banter buddy Matt Belloni and Buzzfeed reporter Krystie Lee Yandoli, who broke the story on Degeneres' alleged toxic workplace.

NBC drops the Globes, Disney subscriber numbers disappoint, and Ellen says so long

Former Scott Rudin assistants allege abusive behavior and call out stars who have stayed silent

Producer Scott Rudin's bullying has been an open secret in Hollywood for decades, and now it's going public. Former Scott Rudin staffers Evan Davis, Max Hoffman and Eileen Klomhaus remember being yelled at, belittled, and gaslighted. And they call out the stars who have been silent.

Former Scott Rudin assistants allege abusive behavior and call out stars who have stayed silent

Director Simon Godwin on 'Romeo and Juliet,' now streaming on PBS

When the pandemic hit London, director Simon Godwin's National Theatre production of "Romeo & Juliet" shut down before it could open. So Godwin shot the play as a movie — never mind that he had never picked up a camera and couldn't film outside the theater. Even without a trip to fair Verona, Godwin shot his movie, starring Josh O'Connor and Jessie Buckley, in a mere 17 days.

Oscars 2021: Historic wins for Chloé Zhao and 'Nomadland' overshadowed by multiple misfires

Chloé Zhao made history as the first woman of color to win Best Director and Best Picture, but the 2021 Oscars will be remembered for the awkward, COVID-era ceremony and blunt ending. Producers expected Chadwick Boseman to win Best Actor, but instead the Oscar went to Anthony Hopkins, who was asleep in Wales.

Oscars 2021: Historic wins for Chloé Zhao and 'Nomadland' overshadowed by multiple misfires

Filmmaker Raoul Peck on 'Exterminate All the Brutes'

After filmmaker Raoul Peck made his award-winning James Baldwin documentary "I Am Not Your Negro," he had a lot of suitors in Hollywood. But it was HBO that didn't blink when Peck explained what he wanted to do next: a project about colonization, extermination and genocide. That evolved into "Exterminate All the Brutes," a four-part series that zigzags through 700 years of colonial history.

Oscar-nominated director Thomas Vinterberg on 'Another Round'

Four days into shooting his tragic-comic film, "Another Round," Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's 19-year-old daughter — who was supposed to appear in the movie — was killed by a reckless driver. His screenwriter temporarily took over, but Vinterberg soon came back to the project. He says making the movie kept him from insanity. "Another Round" is Oscar-nominated for Best International Film, and Vinterberg is up for Best Director.

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