The Business

25 EpisodesProduced by KCRW, Kim Masters

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...

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Ryan O’Connell's new Netflix comedy series is ‘Special’

April 20th, 2019


For years, Ryan O’Connell was in the closet: not because he’s gay, which he is, but because he was ashamed of having cerebral palsy.  His cover? He’d been hit by a car--which was true. But eventually, that lie took a …

Participant Media's Elise Pearlstein on the documentary boom

April 12th, 2019


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 …

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

April 5th, 2019


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 …

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

March 29th, 2019


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’ …

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

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

Revisiting comedian Kathy Griffin, following her film premiere at SXSW

March 15th, 2019


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 …

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

March 8th, 2019


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 …

Director Dan Reed on his unflinching documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’

March 2nd, 2019


When Britain’s Channel 4 suggested that filmmaker Dan Reed make a documentary about the pedophilia allegations that dogged Michael Jackson for years, …

Bonus post-Oscars banter

February 26th, 2019


Without a host, the night moved right along, including that memorable 'Shallow' performance by Lady Gag and Bradley Cooper, and some historic wins for people like 'Black Panther' production designer Hannah Beachler, the …

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

February 22nd, 2019


Gloria Calderón Kellett writes, produces and sometimes directs and even acts in the Netflix sitcom ‘One Day at a Time.’ That title also describes the best way to survive pilot season--those nerve-wracking months early …

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

February 16th, 2019


Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel’s first feature was the 1979 film, ‘The Black Stallion.’ Years later he worked on the 1996 movie about migrating geese, ‘Fly Away Home.’ So he’s worked with his share of real animals. But …

Filmmaker dream hampton on making Lifetime's ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

February 9th, 2019


At first, activist filmmaker dream hampton had her doubts about making ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ for the often soapy Lifetime channel, but she was …

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on ‘Never Look Away’

February 4th, 2019


Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck lived the dream of any first time director when his deeply felt 2006 debut feature, ‘The Lives of Others,’ won the …

Director Lee Chang-dong & actor Steven Yeun on ‘Burning’

January 28th, 2019


We’re looking at the moody movie ‘Burning’ from two perspectives. Director Lee Chang-dong tells us, with the help of translator, why and how he made the transition from writing novels to making films when he was in his …

Nadine Labaki on her Oscar-shortlisted film ‘Capernaum’

January 21st, 2019


We’re still more than a month out from the Academy Awards, but Lebanese director Nadine Labaki has already made Oscars history. She’s the first Arab woman to be shortlisted for an Academy Award. Her film ‘Capernaum’ …

Spike Lee and John David Washington on ‘BlacKkKlansman’

January 11th, 2019


Over his more than 30-year career Spike Lee has gotten a lot of accolades for his work, but he’s never been nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture …

Revisiting some favorite moments from the past year

January 7th, 2019


This week, we’re taking one last look back at some of our favorite moments of the year that was. Stories of bold gambles, big inspirations, crazy …

Paweł Pawlikowski on 'Cold War,' a personal, Polish love story

December 22nd, 2018


When Oscar-winning director Paweł Pawlikowski was thinking about making a black-and-white film loosely based on the tumultuous marriage of his Polish …

Mega banter year-in-review: 2018 edition

December 21st, 2018


This week, it’s a mega news banter 2018 year-in-review. The Mouse swallows the Fox, Netflix keeps turning into the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but are its rivals figuring out how to cross the streams? Old tweets cause …

Peter Jackson gives WWI footage new life in 'They Shall Not Grow Old'

December 14th, 2018


Peter Jackson created new worlds for his ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ trilogies.  His latest project, ‘They Shall Not Grow Old,’ is a documentary …

Kristoffer Polaha on Hallmark movies; Netflix's Lisa Nishimura

December 10th, 2018


Three years ago, actor Kristoffer Polaha booked what he thought would be a one-time gig in a Hallmark TV movie. But now, he’s got 5 hallmark films …

‘Beat Bugs’ & ‘Motown Magic’ creator on his passionate pursuit of music rights

November 30th, 2018


If you’re a young child, or the parent of a young child, you may be familiar with the Netflix kids show ‘Beat Bugs’--which follows the adventures of …

Thanksgiving leftovers from memorable guests

November 23rd, 2018


This week we bring you leftovers--the Thanksgiving edition! Ethan Hawke tells us how he makes his eclectic project choices--and reflects on two of them: ‘Boyhood’ and the documentary ‘Seymour: An Introduction.’ Director …

Doc director Matthew Heineman on his first narrative film, 'A Private War'

November 16th, 2018


In his career as a documentary filmmaker, Matthew Heineman has criss-crossed the country, followed Syrian activists in exile and embedded with …

The Document: ‘Free Solo’

November 9th, 2018


The new film ‘Free Solo’ follows professional rock climber Alex Honnold’s ascent of Yosemite’s towering El Capitan without any ropes. When they were …

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