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The Business

By KCRW  

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...

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...

 

#25

George Clooney and Grant Heslov on ‘The Midnight Sky’

George Clooney and his long-time producing partner Grant Heslov talk about their new movie “The Midnight Sky,” a post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama, now on Netflix. Heslov and Clooney discuss recent sea changes in the industry, especially at Warner Brothers, the studio they called home for 20 years. Plus, the politically engaged pair addresses the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  ... Read more

17 Jan 2021

32 MINS

32:28

17 Jan 2021


#24

Bryan Fogel and Tom Ortenberg on ‘The Dissident’

Bryan Fogel won Netflix its first feature documentary Oscar with his Russian doping exposé “Icarus.” Critics at Sundance raved about his latest film, “The Dissident,” about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. So why didn’t Netflix call to lock up the rights? Fogel shares why his new documentary had streamers running scared. And Tom Ortenberg, the executive who had the guts to distribute the film, explains why his company Briarcliff Entertainment wanted to take it on.  ... Read more

08 Jan 2021

28 MINS

28:33

08 Jan 2021


#23

Growing up Disney, 2021 look-ahead banter

Abigail Disney’s father Roy was Walt's nephew. For her, being a Disney came with so much baggage that she almost ditched the name altogether. In part two of our interview, Abigail Disney explains why she feels it’s her duty to speak out when the company that bears her family’s name seems to have gone astray. And banter buddies Matt Belloni and Lucas Shaw look at the year to come in Hollywood.  ... Read more

01 Jan 2021

28 MINS

28:32

01 Jan 2021


#22

2020 mega banter, ranking the streamers

The pandemic pummeled production. WarnerMedia started a war with its windows-shattering sneak attack. And Quibi, we hardly knew you. Banter buddies Matt Belloni and Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw join Kim Masters for a 2020 mega banter. Plus, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks the streamers.  ... Read more

25 Dec 2020

28 MINS

28:32

25 Dec 2020


#21

Abigail Disney believes ‘there’s a moral disconnect’ at Disney

Abigail Disney's father was Walt’s nephew Roy. He led a shareholder revolt in 2004, when he got fed up with Michael Eisner's management of the Mouse House. Abigail Disney keeps close tabs on the company and has lots to say about current management. As 32,000 theme park workers lost their jobs while top executives had their full salaries restored, Disney says, “I don’t believe the company and the magic can survive this kind of corporate behavior.” ... Read more

18 Dec 2020

28 MINS

28:33

18 Dec 2020


#20

Producer Jason Blum on Hollywood’s WarnerMedia upheaval

With Hollywood fuming following WarnerMedia’s announcement that all its 2021 movies will stream on HBO Max the same they open in theaters, prolific producer Jason Blum weighs in. Blum has long thought the theatrical window should be shorter, but not totally smashed. And Kim Masters and Matt Belloni banter about the continued industry blowback directed at WarnerMedia and Disney’s recent investor presentation. ... Read more

13 Dec 2020

28 MINS

28:32

13 Dec 2020


#19

WarnerMedia shatters windows, Kamilah Forbes on ‘Between the World and Me’

WarnerMedia announced it will put Warner Bros.’ entire 2021 movie slate on HBO Max the same day those films open in theaters. The move will change theater-going as we know it. Then, Kamilah Forbes created a stage version of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s powerful book “Between the World and Me” in 2018. She explains why and how she adapted again, this time for the screen. Her film version of “Between the World and Me” is now on HBO Max. ... Read more

06 Dec 2020

28 MINS

28:32

06 Dec 2020


#18

Aneesh Chaganty and Kiera Allen on Hulu’s ‘Run’

Director Aneesh Chaganty wanted an actress who really uses a wheelchair to star as a teenaged girl with disabilities in his new thriller, “Run.” And she needed to be able to do action scenes. He found Columbia University student Kiera Allen. Now on Hulu, “Run” tells the story of a mother-daughter relationship gone extremely awry. It’s the first thriller to star an actor who uses a wheelchair since the 1940s. ... Read more

27 Nov 2020

28 MINS

28:32

27 Nov 2020


#17

Paramount chief Jim Gianopulos on running a film studio during a global pandemic

Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has weathered some big storms in the movie business, though nothing compares with COVID. But even as productions struggle and theaters are shuttered, Gianopulos has faith that one day, people will go back to the movies. ... Read more

20 Nov 2020

28 MINS

28:32

20 Nov 2020


#16

Nathan Grossman on ‘I Am Greta’

Greta Thunberg began a school strike movement in 2018 outside the Swedish parliament. It gained momentum in Sweden, then spread through the rest of Europe and the world. Filmmaker Nathan Grossman documents her rise to become one of the world’s most prominent climate change activists. His new Hulu documentary is “I Am Greta.” ... Read more

15 Nov 2020

28 MINS

28:33

15 Nov 2020


#15

What it’s like to be a Hollywood COVID manager

Danika Kohler Doman, a production supervisor who has been working as a “COVID manager,” talks about what it’s like to enforce Hollywood’s new coronavirus protocols. ... Read more

08 Nov 2020

28 MINS

28:33

08 Nov 2020


#14

Steve James on ‘City So Real’

Steve James, the filmmaker behind “Hoop Dreams,” is out with a new series called “City So Real,” which documents Chicago’s political landscape and the lives of its residents. ... Read more

01 Nov 2020

28 MINS

28:32

01 Nov 2020


#13

Revisiting Jeffrey Katzenberg on Quibi

Following Quibi’s announcement of closing, The Business e revisits an  interview with founder Jeffrey Katzenberg on his gamble to launch Quibi. ... Read more

25 Oct 2020

28 MINS

28:33

25 Oct 2020


#12

Alex Gibney on ‘Agents of Chaos’ and ‘Totally Under Control’

Alex Gibney ’s documentaries often delve into high-level corruption. He’s out this fall with two projects that focus on the Trump administration. ... Read more

16 Oct 2020

28 MINS

28:32

16 Oct 2020


#11

Ethan Hawke and James McBride on ‘The Good Lord Bird’

“The Good Lord Bird” started with a handshake deal between Ethan Hawke and author James McBride. The witty, irreverent telling of John Brown’s life story is now airing on Showtime. ... Read more

12 Oct 2020

28 MINS

28:32

12 Oct 2020


#10

Anita Hill and Nina Shaw on the Hollywood Commission

The Hollywood Commission, a new organization chaired by Anita Hill, is out with a survey on harassment in Hollywood and plans to launch a reporting platform next year. ... Read more

05 Oct 2020

28 MINS

28:32

05 Oct 2020


#9

Billy Ray on ‘The Comey Rule’

Writer/director Billy Ray talks about the making of his Showtime limited series “The Comey Rule,” which stars Jeff Daniels as former FBI director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump. ... Read more

26 Sep 2020

28 MINS

28:32

26 Sep 2020


#8

‘Mulan,’ ‘Tenet,’ and awards season

COVID-19 has buffeted the entertainment industry. The Business looks at major challenges, such as how to release big-budget pictures and how to manage the awards season.  ... Read more

19 Sep 2020

28 MINS

28:32

19 Sep 2020


#7

Isabel Sandoval stars as Olivia in her film “Lingua Franca,” now streaming on Netflix. Image courtes...

Isabel Sandoval’s new indie drama “Lingua Franca” arrived on Netflix this month. She produced, wrote, and stars in the film as an undocumented trans Filipina living in New York City. ... Read more

12 Sep 2020

28 MINS

28:33

12 Sep 2020


#6

Replay: Greg Whiteley on the Emmy-nominated ‘Cheer’

The Netflix series “Cheer” earned six nominations at this year’s Emmys, including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. The Business revisits its interview with director Greg Whiteley. ... Read more

05 Sep 2020

28 MINS

28:32

05 Sep 2020


#5

Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss on ‘Boys State’

Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss made their biggest documentary yet with “Boys State,” a process that required many leaps of faith, from securing funding to showing up at Sundance without a distributor. ... Read more

29 Aug 2020

28 MINS

28:33

29 Aug 2020


#4

End-of-summer extras from memorable guests

Sometimes our guests have so much good stuff to say that we can’t fit it all into one show. So this week, we’re bringing you some leftovers from this summer’s interviews: Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of Netflix’s summer smash “The Old Guard;” Prentice Penny, showrunner of HBO’s “Insecure;” and Peter Medak, who talks about his documentary, “The Ghost of Peter Sellers.” ... Read more

22 Aug 2020

28 MINS

28:32

22 Aug 2020


#3

Remembering the lyricist behind ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Aladdin’

Don Hahn’s documentary “Howard” looks at the life of Howard Ashman, the lyricist behind the soundtracks for “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” Ashman died of AIDS in 1991, leaving a mark on his collaborators, including his songwriting partner Alan Menken. ... Read more

15 Aug 2020

28 MINS

28:32

15 Aug 2020


#2

Prentice Penny on ‘Insecure’

HBO’s “Insecure” just received its first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Prentice Penny, the show’s executive producer, talks about how he got his start in Hollywood, and his personal connection to the show’s creator and star Issa Rae. ... Read more

08 Aug 2020

28 MINS

28:32

08 Aug 2020


#1

Replay: Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’

The nominations for the 2020 Emmy Awards have been released, and HBO’s “Watchmen” leads with 26 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series. KCRW revisists host Kim Masters’ interview with showrunner Damon Lindelof. ... Read more

01 Aug 2020

28 MINS

28:32

01 Aug 2020