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Lively banter about entertainment industry news and in-depth interviews with directors, producers, writers and actors, hosted by award-winning journalist Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter.

Lively banter about entertainment industry news and in-depth interviews with directors, producers, writers and actors, hosted by award-winning journalist Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter.

 

#25

SPECIAL PREVIEW: Tony McNamara on adapting ‘Poor Things’

PREVIEW: Kim Masters speaks to writer Tony McNamara, who adapted a 1992 Alasdair Gray novel into the Oscar nominated Yorgos Lanthimos film, Poor Things. Tune in to The Business on March 8th to hear the full interview with McNamara, where he shares how his toddler inspired him to write Emma Stone’s favorite line in the Academy Award nominated screenplay.   ... Read more

24 Feb 2024

11 MINS

11:00

24 Feb 2024


#24

Mstyslav Chernov on ‘20 Days in Mariupol’; Fubo files lawsuit against announced sports megastreamer

Kim Masters and Matt Belloni examine FuboTV’s $1 billion [lawsuit] (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/fubotv-files-lawsuit-disney-warner-fox-sports-streaming-platform-1235830781/) seeking to halt the development of the [recently announced] (https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/the-business/christopher-nolan-kai-bird-disney-proxy/nelson-peltz-john-landgraf-peak-tv) Fox, Disney, and Warner Brothers Discovery sports streaming service. They also take a look at Sony’s struggles with live action Marvel films. Plus, Masters speaks to filmmaker and war correspondent Mstyslav Chernov about his documentary, 20 Days in Mariupol. The BAFTA-winning director shares how an Associated Press assignment in war-torn Ukraine turned into a devastating Oscar contender for best documentary. He also talks about the importance of keeping the world’s eyes on the war in Ukraine. ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:31

23 Feb 2024


#23

Christopher Nolan, Kai Bird on adapting ‘American Prometheus’; Disney’s proxy war wages on

Kim Masters and Matt Belloni examine the latest updates in the Disney proxy vote saga. Also, has peak TV officially ended? The banter partners break down FX chairman John Landgraf’s recent remarks on the current state of television.   Plus, Masters speaks to Oppenheimer writer and director Christopher Nolan and American Prometheus co-author Kai Bird about adapting the film’s Pulitzer Prize winning source material. Bird talks about the 25 years it took to complete the sprawling biography with co-author Martin Sherwin, and Nolan shares how he approached adapting their 700-page book into a summer blockbuster hit. ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

39 MINS

39:31

16 Feb 2024


#22

Ed Zwick recounts his ‘Glory Days’; Disney dishes Q1 surprises

Kim Masters and Matt Belloni take a look at the big surprises revealed during Disney’s Q1 earnings call. They also dive into the announcement of ESPN, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Fox’s joint sports streaming service set to debut this year. Plus, Masters speaks to writer-director Ed Zwick about his new memoir, Hits, Flops and Other Illusions: My Fortysomething Years in Hollywood. The filmmaker shares lessons learned from his decades-spanning career in the industry, and he reads excerpts from the book, including stories from the making of the 1989 film Glory and how he nearly directed an early iteration of Shakespeare in Love, which he would later end up producing and winning an Oscar for Best Picture. ... Read more

09 Feb 2024

32 MINS

32:06

09 Feb 2024


#21

Making sense of the ‘24 Oscar noms; the future of the Netflix-WWE deal

Kim Masters and Matt Belloni examine media mogul Byron Allen’s offer to acquire Paramount Global. They also take a closer look at the Netflix-WWE deal in the wake of WWE founder Vince McMahon’s resignation following allegations of battery and sex trafficking. Plus, Masters is joined by The Hollywood Reporter’s Executive Awards Editor Scott Feinberg to discuss the frontrunners, surprises, and snubs of the 2024 Academy Awards. ... Read more

02 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:31

02 Feb 2024


#20

Netflix shake-ups, Jon Stewart’s big news, and Matthew Heineman on ‘American Symphony’

Kim Masters and Matt Belloni examine the latest happenings at Netflix and Jon Stewart’s surprise return to The Daily Show.  Plus, Masters speaks with Matthew Heineman about directing American Symphony. The filmmaker describes the process of documenting musician Jon Batiste and his wife Suleika Jaouad through her battle with leukemia. Heineman also shares how he snuck into the Grammys to film Batiste’s big night, and how he whittled down 1,500 hours of footage into the film that ended up being acquired by Netflix and the Obamas’ production company, [Higher Ground] (https://highergroundmedia.com/) . ... Read more

26 Jan 2024

28 MINS

28:31

26 Jan 2024


#19

Inside the Tom Cruise-Warner Bros. deal; Jon Batiste talks ‘American Symphony’

Kim Masters and Matt Belloni look into the Tom Cruise-Warner Bros. deal and what that means for his projects at Paramount.  Plus, Masters speaks to Jon Batiste about being the subject of American Symphony. The musician explains how the documentary was originally conceived to follow his composition and performance of a symphony, but following his wife’s recurrence of leukemia, the project evolved into an intimate portrait of the couple coping with a life-threatening illness. Batiste shares how director Matthew Heineman spent eight months with the couple, resulting in over 1500 hours of footage, a premiere at Telluride, and distribution by Netflix. ... Read more

19 Jan 2024

33 MINS

33:02

19 Jan 2024


#18

Noah Hawley on season 5 of ‘Fargo,’ Amazon layoffs

Kim Masters and Matt Belloni take stock of layoffs at Amazon as a result of consolidation and reorganizing across its studios. Eric Deggans speaks to Fargo creator Noah Hawley about the fifth season of his anthology series. The writer and director talks about the challenges of writing 51 hours of television based on the Coen Brothers film of the same name. He also teases his upcoming FX series based on Ridley Scott's Alien franchise. ... Read more

12 Jan 2024

28 MINS

28:32

12 Jan 2024


#17

Gary Oldman on ‘Slow Horses,’ Disney proxy fight continues

Eric Deggans speaks to Gary Oldman about starring in Apple TV+’s spy thriller series, Slow Horses. He also talks about the joys of briefly reuniting with Christopher Nolan in Oppenheimer, how he worked around being typecast in over-the-top roles, and why he’s considering stepping away from acting after Slow Horses wraps.  Plus, the Disney proxy fight continues, with CEO Bob Iger gearing up to stave off advances from activist shareholder Nelson Peltz, former Marvel chairman and CEO Ike Perlmutter, and former Disney exec Jay Rasulo.  ... Read more

05 Jan 2024

28 MINS

28:31

05 Jan 2024


#16

Hollywood predictions 2024: studios, streamers, and agencies

What will 2024 hold for Paramount, Warner Bros. Discovery, Disney, Netflix, and mega-agencies CAA and Endeavor? ... Read more

29 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:32

29 Dec 2023


#15

A look back at Hollywood’s rollercoaster year

Hollywood’s messy year: Strikes disrupted show biz, the box office surprised, studios and execs struggled, and streamers started licensing. Kim Masters, Matt Belloni, and Lucas Shaw look into the main Hollywood events of 2023. ... Read more

22 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:32

22 Dec 2023


#14

Celine Song and Christine Vachon on ‘Past Lives’; inside Netflix’s big data drop

Netflix released its first report revealing viewership patterns. Why does it matter? What does the data reveal — and what happens next? Then, Past Lives writer-director Celine Song and producer Christine Vachon discuss Song’s foray into filmmaking, their partnership, and the journey of the awards circuit. ... Read more

15 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:32

15 Dec 2023


#13

TV legend Norman Lear on a lifetime of ‘experience’; Actors approve deal

SAG-AFTRA members ratify a three-year contract with studios. Plus, actors promote work post-strike, studios license content, and streamers bundle services. Then, Kim Masters revisits a 2014 conversation with legendary television producer Norman Lear, who died Dec. 5 at the age of 101. The force behind TV shows like All in the Family, Maude, Good Times and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, among many others, Lear discusses his memoir Even This I Get to Experience, and shares stories about how he got his first job in television and the line that almost caused CBS to pull the plug on All in the Family. ... Read more

08 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:32

08 Dec 2023


#12

Serving up ‘Waitress,’ streaming BroadwayHD, and Bob Iger on Disney’s future

Disney CEO Bob Iger talks about the company’s many struggles, including his succession, selling ABC, and Marvel troubles during the New York Times’ DealBook Summit. Then, we’re taking it to Broadway: Contributor Jeff Lunden speaks to Tony-winning producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley about their streaming platform, BroadwayHD. Lunden also talks with Waitress star Sara Bareilles and producer Jessie Nelson about the live capture and theatrical distribution of their hit musical show. ... Read more

02 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:32

02 Dec 2023


#11

Justine Bateman, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland on AI contract language; Hollywood’s lean holiday box offic...

Kim Masters and Matt Belloni discuss what’s shaping up to be a lean holiday box office and what success for movies looks like — and how it’s perceived — when it comes to theatrical versus streaming releases. Then, filmmaker and SAG-AFTRA generative AI advisor Justine Bateman joins to share her concerns over the union's new contract, while Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland explains why it’s the best deal possible. ... Read more

24 Nov 2023

28 MINS

28:32

24 Nov 2023


#10

Kristoffer Borgli on the “Dream Scenario” of directing Nicolas Cage; The saga of “Coyote vs. Acme

WBD is looking for a buyer for its Coyote vs. Acme film. Can it find one? Plus, an AI-generated Édith Piaf biopic is in the works at Warner Music. Filmmaker Kristoffer Borgli talks with Kim Masters about his Nicolas Cage-led film, “Dream Scenario,” directing commercials, and how the Norwegian Film Institute unknowingly funded his projects conceived in LA. ... Read more

18 Nov 2023

28 MINS

28:32

18 Nov 2023


#9

Inside the end of the actors’ strike; James Burrows on the return of ‘Frasier’

SAG-AFTRA reaches a tentative deal with studios after 118 days on strike. Was the deal a win? What is in it? Plus, WBD and Disney earnings news. Legendary sitcom director James Burrows talks with Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic and guest-host on The Business, about the revival of Frasier, his directing career, and whether sitcoms can endure on streaming services. ... Read more

10 Nov 2023

30 MINS

30:24

10 Nov 2023


#8

Comedian-actress Leslie Jones bares it all in raw memoir; HBO trolls critics

First, HBO CEO Casey Bloys asked staffers to create fake Twitter accounts to fight critics of the network. What’s all the attention about? Plus, Disney is finally buying Hulu. Actress-comedian Leslie Jones discusses her tell-all memoir, overcoming personal and career obstacles, and her relationship with ‘SNL’ creator, Lorne Michaels. ... Read more

04 Nov 2023

28 MINS

28:32

04 Nov 2023


#7

Robert Kirkman on ‘Invincible’ Season 2; Israel-Hamas conflict’s impact on Hollywood

The actors’ strike forges on as Hollywood reckons with the impact of the Hamas-Israel conflict and streamers raise prices — again. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans talks with comic-book-author-turned-showrunner Robert Kirkman about the new animated adaptation of his print series Invincible, modernizing the superhero genre, and why he’s not worried about comic book adaptation fatigue. ... Read more

28 Oct 2023

28 MINS

28:32

28 Oct 2023


#6

Agency heads feud, Ken Burns takes the (long) road less traveled with ‘American Buffalo’

The CEO of Endeavor, Ari Emanuel, attacked rival Bryan Lourd, head of the talent agency CAA, at Bloomberg’s Screentime conference. What’s behind the feud?  Documentarian Ken Burns talks about his latest project, The American Buffalo,  his career, financing projects, and controversies, including a recently surfaced photo of him posing along Clarence Thomas and David Koch. ... Read more

21 Oct 2023

28 MINS

28:32

21 Oct 2023


#5

Encore: Creating ‘Reservation Dogs’ with Indigenous cast and crew; Swift’s concert hits theaters

Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour concert film is out in theaters. Was this a good deal for Swift and AMC? And will this become a trend with other artists? This week on The Business, Kim Masters revisits an interview with Sterlin Harjo, co-creator of the hit comedy series Reservation Dogs on FX. ... Read more

13 Oct 2023

28 MINS

28:02

13 Oct 2023


#4

Oscar-winner costume designer reflects on career in new book; Netflix price hike

As the actors’ strike continues, Netflix announces a price hike. What does this mean for subscribers and the streamer?  Then, Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter talks about her new book, collaborating with Spike Lee and Steven Spielberg, and the joys and challenges of costume designing for Black Panther. ... Read more

07 Oct 2023

28 MINS

28:32

07 Oct 2023


#3

Gareth Edwards’ ‘The Creator’ zeroes in on AI tension as WGA leaders make a deal

WGA leaders reached a deal this week with Hollywood studios, ending 148 days of work stoppage. What did they get? Where did they compromise? And will SAG-AFTRA be next? Plus, director Gareth Edwards discusses his new AI-centric film The Creator and its timeliness within our current cultural climate. He also gets real about behind-the-scenes drama on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. ... Read more

29 Sep 2023

31 MINS

31:30

29 Sep 2023


#2

Rupert Murdoch steps down, hip-hop femmes shine in the Dream Hampton produced docuseries ‘Ladies Fir...

First, Rupert Murdoch has announced that he is stepping down as the head of both Fox Corp. and News Corp. What will this mean for the Murdoch family line of succession? Plus, Warner Brothers Discovery announces a new paid tier to offer live sports coverage on Max. Then, Ladies First executive producer [Dream Hampton] (https://www.dreamhampton.com/) talks to NPR’s [Eric Deggans] (https://www.npr.org/people/243254424/eric-deggans) about why she doesn’t hesitate to call out misogynists by name in her new documentary series spotlighting women in hip-hop. Plus, she gets real about initially not wanting to do the project at all. ... Read more

22 Sep 2023

28 MINS

28:32

22 Sep 2023


#1

Assessing the strike’s damage, plus an encore with ‘Navalny’ director Daniel Roher

First, what lasting damage to the entertainment industry will the extended impasse between striking Hollywood creatives, and the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers leave in its wake?  Then, in an encore interview, Navalny director Daniel Roher and investigative journalist Christo Grozev discuss how they came to pursue a film about Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader. They also talk about the risks they faced to make the Oscar-winning documentary, and the eventual arrest and sentencing of the politician in Russia.  ... Read more

15 Sep 2023

28 MINS

28:32

15 Sep 2023