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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.  Follow The Business!  

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How David Mandel & his 'Veep' writers became "mini soothsayers"


Published: Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Shawn Levy on 'Stranger Things' and redefining his career


Published: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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.’..


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In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability


Published: Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir


Published: Sat, 27 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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'American Gods' showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green


Published: Sat, 20 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Comedian Vir Das offers 'Abroad Understanding'


Published: Sat, 13 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Margaret Atwood and Bruce Miller on 'The Handmaid's Tale'


Published: Sat, 06 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Kitty Green on her unconventional documentary 'Casting JonBenet'


Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway"


Published: Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants'


Published: Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Damon Lindelof on the end of 'The Leftovers'


Published: Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Rob Long on fixing a sitcom and embracing life on Long Island


Published: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Bill Condon on the challenges of adapting a 'tale as old as time'


Published: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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James Mangold on 'Logan' and fighting franchise fatigue


Published: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Ryan Murphy on how his Half Foundation led to 'Feud'


Published: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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 ..


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Oscars producer Michael De Luca on that fateful mistake


Published: Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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Cracking down on pay-to-play auditions & a bonus Oscars banter


Published: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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'Zootopia' directors on finding their story, late in the game


Published: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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Director Ava DuVernay on '13th' and survival in the industry


Published: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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 ..


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Director Raoul Peck on 'I Am Not Your Negro'


Published: Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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 ..


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How 'La La Land' went from constant rejection to awards contention


Published: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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Gloria Calderón Kellett brings Cuban roots to 'One Day at a Time'


Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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Revisiting 'Moonlight,' a movie made with persistence and kismet


Published: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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...


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'Bright Lights' filmmakers on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds


Published: Sat, 07 Jan 2017 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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Revisiting Richard Donner and the crazy backstory of 'Superman'


Published: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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...


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The year in film and television: 2016 edition


Published: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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For his first film, Garth Davis embraced the odyssey of 'Lion'


Published: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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Filmmaker Ezra Edelman on 'O.J.: Made in America'


Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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Harvey Fierstein returns to 'Hairspray,' this time on live TV


Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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 ..


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Noah Oppenheim on writing 'Jackie' and running NBC's 'Today'


Published: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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Director David Mackenzie on 'Hell or High Water'


Published: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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..


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Making 'Moonlight' with persistence and kismet


Published: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0800
Summary: 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...


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Pablo Azar on why acting in Spanish means no union benefits


Published: Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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 ..


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How Adam Irving stayed the course to make 'Off the Rails'


Published: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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 ..


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Actress Rebecca Hall on why she was drawn to 'Christine'


Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Prolific showrunner Steven Bochco on his new memoir


Published: Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Filmmakers Jack Riccobono & Chris Eyre on 'The Seventh Fire'


Published: Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Married showrunners in rival universes; 'Amanda Knox' directors


Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Trevor Pryce goes from the NFL to Netflix with 'Kulipari'


Published: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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 ..


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James Andrew Miller on 'Powerhouse,' an oral history of CAA


Published: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Jimmy Kimmel on hosting his own show plus the Emmys


Published: Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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 ..


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Revisiting Louis C.K. and his web series experiment


Published: Sat, 03 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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...


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For 'The Americans' showrunners, collaboration is key


Published: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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'Grease: Live' Director Thomas Kail & Actor Sterling K. Brown


Published: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Robert Smigel & Triumph take on the election in Hulu special


Published: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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 ..


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Mike Birbiglia on how improv made him a better director


Published: Sat, 06 Aug 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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James Schamus makes directorial debut with 'Indignation'


Published: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Joe Berlinger Reflects on Long Career & New Tony Robbins Doc


Published: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Emmy-nominated Noah Hawley on Crafting the 'Fargo' Universe


Published: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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..


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Jerrod Carmichael on Bringing Heart and Truth Back to the Sitcom


Published: Sat, 09 Jul 2016 12:30:00 -0700
Summary: 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 ..


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