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.
KCRW's The Business

KCRW's The Business

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

Participant Media's Elise Pearlstein on the documentary boom

For the past twenty years, Elise Pearlstein has dedicated her life to documentaries--first as an award-winning writer-producer, and since 2013--as the Senior Vice President of Documentary at socially-minded production company Participant Media. Her career in docs wasn't always a foregone conclusion--she used to keep lists of other jobs she could do--but now says there's no place she'd rather be. As documentaries are having a moment, Elise Pearlstein gives us her view from the middle of it all. She tells us what Participant is looking for in new projects, and how she views the big streamers now that they've become both powerful distribution partners and production competitors.

Stephen Falk on 'You're the Worst,' the FXX rom-com with a twist

Writer-producer Stephen Falk thought he'd gotten his big break in 2012, when NBC picked up his comedy series 'Next Caller.' He moved clear across the country to run the show, but after he'd shot just 4 episodes, the Peacock suddenly pulled the plug, without ever airing it at all. Falk vowed for his next thing, he'd write for himself, not a network. That project would turn out to be the boozy dark comedy 'You're the Worst,' which just wrapped its fifth and final season on FXX. Falk talks to The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg about going from writing TV recaps, to actual TV--and the road to making 'You're the Worst,' which critics concur is actually the best.

Elizabeth Banks on directing, producing and blazing a trail in the big leagues

Elizabeth Banks is a member of a small Hollywood club: women who make big studio movies. After directing 'Pitch Perfect 2' and a 'Charlie's Angels' reboot set for release this fall, Banks has even bigger ambitions. Fresh off producing the heartful Hulu comedy 'shrill,' Banks tells us about getting bored with acting and moving into producing and directing. Despite the industry-wide talk of opening opportunities to women, she says she's still run up against some very closed minds.

Elizabeth Banks on directing, producing and blazing a trail in the big leagues

On set with Sebastian Lelio; Steven Yeun on life after 'The Walking Dead'

Steven Yeun joined us in the studio recently to talk about his role in the Oscar-shortlisted Korean film 'Burning.' But we covered many more topics in our conversation, so we're airing that part of our interview for the first time now. Yeun tells us about the fateful audition that gave him his start in Hollywood. He also explains why after 'The Walking Dead,' he's embraced roles in movies with Korean directors. Plus, Sebastian Lelio won the foreign-language Oscar for his 2017 movie, 'A Fantastic Woman.' His new film, 'Gloria Bell,' is in theaters now. We visited him on the set when that movie was shooting and talked about the transition from making Spanish-language films--to working in English. We talk to him and his crew about being in "the vortex."

On set with Sebastian Lelio; Steven Yeun on life after 'The Walking Dead'

Revisiting comedian Kathy Griffin, following her film premiere at SXSW

When comedian Kathy Griffin posed for a photo holding what appeared to be the bloody head of Donald Trump, she became a pariah overnight. So she did the only thing she could do: turned her story into an act, and took it around the world. We spoke to Griffin last October--before she performed her act right here in Santa Monica. That performance was taped, and turned into a comedy special that just premiered at SXSW. This week, we revisit that conversation with Griffin, who despite the well-received festival debut, is still seeking a distributor for her film.

Battle brewing between the Writers Guild and talent agencies; 'Apollo 11'

After Todd Douglas Miller made a short film about Apollo 17, he figured he was done with outer space. Then he got an email from an employee at the National Archives who had found some old film reels labeled: Apollo 11. Some of the found footage was shot in glorious 70 millimeter. Nearly 50 years after man first walked on the moon, Miller has transformed those reels into his new movie 'Apollo 11.' He tells KCRW's Matt Holzman about the enormously difficult task of syncing old audio with the old footage and describes what it was like to show Neil Armstrong's sons images of their father that they'd never seen before. Plus, we talk to entertainment attorney Jonathan Handel about the brewing confrontation between the Writers Guild and the talent agencies.

Battle brewing between the Writers Guild and talent agencies; 'Apollo 11'

Director Dan Reed on his unflinching documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

Dan Reed's documentary 'Leaving Neverland' features interviews with two men who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them for years when they were children. Initially conceived as just one hour of television, Reed soon realized it'd have to...

Bonus post-Oscars banter

Without a host, the night moved right along b ut then, it came to best picture. How did it come to be that Julia Roberts was announcing 'Green Book' as the winner when the film had endured scandal after scandal? Scott Feinberg explains what makes...

Gloria Calderón Kellett chronicles pilot season, one tweet at a time

With 'One Day at a Time' having just dropped its third season on Netflix, showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett hoped to launch another series this year. Knowing that pilot season is not for the faint of heart, Calderón Kellett decided to share...

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel looks back on a legendary career

And he gives us a glimpse of the future too! Deschanel is just back from shooting Disney's new 'Lion King' in London. He's now Oscar-nominated for his work on 'Never Look Away.' That makes his sixth nomination--his previous five were for...

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel looks back on a legendary career

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