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. Follow The Business!
Published: Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: For the past two seasons, former Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm writer David Mandel has been showrunning HBO's Veep. And while the show can have eerie parallels to reality, Mandel tells us that more often than not, it's real life that ends up imitating..
Published: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Director Shawn Levy built a career on the ‘Night at the Museum’ franchise, but wanted to break out of his box. He set out to produce, and this past year scored with the Oscar-nominated movie ‘Arrival’ and the Netflix megahit ‘Stranger Things.’..
Published: Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his sh..
Published: Sat, 27 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his me..
Published: Sat, 20 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: The novel American Gods features countless mythological characters gearing up to fight an epic battle. The writer-producers of the new adaptation on Starz were determined to do justice to the book -- even if that meant constantly moving production and pu..
Published: Sat, 13 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: After selling out stadiums in India, comedian and actor Vir Das is looking to break through in the US with his new Netflix special, Vir Das: Abroad Understanding. He tells us about making the jump from Bollywood to Hollywood and how he hopes his pointed h..
Published: Sat, 06 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Author Margaret Atwood realizes that Hulu's adaptation of her Dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale has gotten a huge PR boost, thanks to a turn of events that hardly seemed possible when work on the series was underway. Atwood and showrunner Bruce Mi..
Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Kitty Green's new film, Casting JonBenet, is an experiment in nonfiction storytelling. The documentary shows a series of people from Boulder, Colorado, auditioning for roles in a movie about the infamous 1996 murder. Green never really intended to film a..
Published: Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appe..
Published: Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. You..
Published: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700Summary: Writer-producer Damon Lindelof wrapped up the hit series Lost in 2010, and he still gets lashed by fans who hated the ambiguous ending. Now as Lindelof launches the final season of The Leftovers on HBO -- another series that revolves around a mystery -- h..
Published: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: TV writer-producer Rob Long was brought in on short notice to run the faltering CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait. Long talks about getting the sitcom back on track, why he hopes there's not a writers' strike, and what itPs like to be one of the few outspoken con..
Published: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon is no stranger to musicals -- he wrote the screenplay for movie versions of Chicago and Dreamgirls -- the latter of which he directed as well. But when Disney approached him about making a live-action adaptation o..
Published: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Filmmaker James Mangold has been making character-driven dramas for more than 20 years, but lately, he's been in the X-Men superhero business. In his latest film, Logan, Hugh Jackman plays the slashing Marvel mutant one last time, so Mangold wanted to mak..
Published: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Ryan Murphy oversees a small TV empire on FX, with series including American Horror Story, American Crime Story and his latest effort, Feud. The first cycle of that show focuses on the rivalry between movie icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. On all his ..
Published: Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: In an exclusive interview with The Business, Oscars producer Michael De Luca remembers the night that culminated with the biggest flub in Academy Awards show history. De Luca tells us what happened in the moments following that epic blunder and what he th..
Published: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: After an investigation by reporter Gary Baum, the LA city attorney has filed charges against more than two dozen people involved with casting workshops that are allegedly paid auditions for minor roles. Baum tells us how these workshops became so prevalen..
Published: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Production was well under way on Disney's Zootopia when directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard concluded the film needed a major do-over. Breaking the news to animators was not easy. But the move paid off, and Zootopia is now Oscar-nominated for best anim..
Published: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: How busy is filmmaker Ava DuVernay? Well, between directing Disney's ' Wrinkle in Time, executive producing Queen Sugar on OWN and working the awards circuit for her Oscar-nominated doc 13th...really busy. She tells us why she's taken it all on, and how ..
Published: Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Director Raoul Peck's film about the essayist and activist James Baldwin was a decade in the making. Now, I Am Not Your Negro is Oscar-nominated for best documentary. Peck tells us how he got access to Baldwin's archives and why right now is the perfect ..
Published: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Writer-director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz have been friends and collaborators since first meeting at Harvard. Together, they struggled for years to make an original movie-musical. Now, their film La La Land is up for a record-tying 14 Os..
Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: When Norman Lear decided to reboot the classic sitcom One Day at a Time, this time with a Latino family, he wanted a writer-producer who could offer an authentic voice to the project. He found that person in Gloria Calderón Kellett, who incorporated much..
Published: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Director Barry Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski tell us about making their Golden Globe-winning Moonlight, about a gay African American boy growing up surrounded by poverty and drugs in Miami. Plus, an all new awards season banter...
Published: Sat, 07 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800Summary: When documentarians Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens started working on Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, they could not have imagined it would end up being a posthumous tribute to both women. Originally set to air in March, HBO ha..
Published: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Veteran director Richard Donner talks about the adventures and behind the scenes antics that went into making the original comic book blockbuster, Superman, in 1978. Plus, an all new banter looking ahead to the big stories of 2017...
Published: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Banter buddies Matthew Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter and Michael Schneider of IndieWire and Variety join Kim Masters to mega-banter the year that was 2016. There were major mergers in play while others went away, Disney ruled the box office, Megyn Kel..
Published: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Filmmaker Garth Davis spent years making commercials in Australia before co-directing Top of the Lake with Jane Campion. For his feature film debut, Lion, he's taken on the true story of a boy in India who accidentally gets separated from his family and..
Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800Summary: When ESPN approached Ezra Edelman about doing a massive documentary on O.J. Simpson, he had little interest in following the beats of the so-called trial of the century. Instead, he saw the project as a lens through which to examine race in America. He te..
Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein won one of his several Tonys for his performance as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Now, he's reprising the role for NBC's live version of the musical, which airs December 7. He tells us about the weighty task of transforming ..
Published: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Noah Oppenheim spent his 20s working on NBC news shows. Then he left, hoping to make it as a writer in Hollywood. After a stint as an executive in reality TV, his first-ever script, Jackie landed on The Black List. Six years later, the film is finally pre..
Published: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie is Scottish, but he was instantly drawn to the Texas tale of two brothers turned bank robbers in the drought-stricken, post-recession American West. He tells us about his efficient, stripped-down approach to mak..
Published: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0800Summary: Director Barry Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski tell us about making their awards-contender Moonlight, about a gay African American boy growing up surrounded by poverty and drugs in Miami...
Published: Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Telenovela star Pablo Azar often plays characters who live in a world of wealth. But Azar's reality is not so glamorous. Acting jobs with Telemundo come without union protections that are standard in English-language productions. Azar says even the stars ..
Published: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: First-time filmmaker Adam Irving faced a lot of obstacles telling the tale of compulsive New York train thief Darius McCollum. But Irving was determined to get his movie Off the Rails made. He tells us how he did it, and what he learned about making and ..
Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: When Rebecca Hall told her agents she wanted to play the title role in a tiny indie film about Christine Chubbuck, a TV news reporter who committed suicide on live television in 1974, her representation said...are you sure? Hall tells us why she took a ga..
Published: Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn't afraid to tell those tales in his new m..
Published: Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Director Jack Riccobono and producer Chris Eyre's documentary The Seventh Fire takes an unflinching look at gang life on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota. Their journey to get the film made had several unexpected twists and turns, includin..
Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: TV writer-producers and married couple Marc Guggenheim and Tara Butters recently found themselves running shows on opposite sides of the superhero wars: Butters at Marvel's Agent Carter and Guggenheim at DC Comics' Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. Plus, t..
Published: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Trevor Pryce spent 14 seasons as a defensive end in the NFL. In the off-season, he devoted himself to various creative endeavors, including his passion project: an original animated series. Once he retired, he made his show his way, and Kulipari: An Army ..
Published: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: James Andrew Miller has worked on in-depth oral histories of Saturday Night Live and ESPN. His newest book Powerhouse, traces the history of CAA, the dominant, but secretive Hollywood talent agency. He tells us how he got notoriously press-shy agents, inc..
Published: Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been on ABC for almost 14 years, making Kimmel one of the "grizzled veterans" of late night. Kimmel tells us about the struggle of the early years of the show, accidentally creating the first late night viral video and his plan for ..
Published: Sat, 03 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: When comedian Louis C.K. created and self-financed his new web series Horace and Pete, he kept the production a secret and did absolutely no advertising. He tells us about risking his own money and making Horace and Pete completely on his own terms...
Published: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: 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..
Published: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: 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 Sterlin..
Published: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: 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 ..
Published: Sat, 06 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: 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..
Published: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: 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 sho..
Published: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: 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 wa..
Published: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: Writer-producer Noah Hawley, recently Emmy-nominated for both writing and directing in season two 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 th..
Published: Sat, 09 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700Summary: 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 ..