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The Business

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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...

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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...

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432 Ratings
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Sassy

By MikeRoyerDesign - Apr 18 2018
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Kim is exceptionally Sassy which is great. Excently produced as well!

A Weekly Film School

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Such great insights every week!

iTunes Ratings

432 Ratings
Average Ratings
338
52
18
11
13

Sassy

By MikeRoyerDesign - Apr 18 2018
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Kim is exceptionally Sassy which is great. Excently produced as well!

A Weekly Film School

By Dan Van Poolmate - Mar 02 2018
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Such great insights every week!
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The Business

Latest release on Jul 03, 2020

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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...

Rank #1: Jeffrey Katzenberg on Quibi and his Hollywood tenure

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Jeffrey Katzenberg launched Disney’s animation renaissance with a string of hits, including “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” He co-founded DreamWorks in 1994. Now he’s gambling on Quibi, a new streaming service that offers short shows for viewing on phones. He remembers some of his early days in the industry, and tells us why he believes Quibi will work — even in the middle of a pandemic.

We also remember Matt Holzman, who created KCRW’s The Business.

Apr 20 2020

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Rank #2: Jobless Hollywood workers cope with coronavirus

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With Hollywood mostly shut down, we check in with people dealing with this difficult time across the industry. Actor David Saucedo, cinematographer Mario Contini, costumer Monica Haynes, writers' room production assistant Matt McRee, and filmmaking team Christina Beck and Beth Dewey tell us how their lives have suddenly changed. They also share how they’re coping while out of work, and how they think this pandemic could change Hollywood forever.

Mar 30 2020

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Rank #3: Revisiting Bong Joon Ho and ‘Parasite.’ Plus should theaters reopen?

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“Parasite” made history as the first foreign language movie to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Since the movie is now streaming on Hulu, we’re revisiting our conversation with Director Bong Joon Ho, who also won Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. He tells us about clashing with Harvey Weinstein over cuts to his 2013 film “Snowpiercer,” and explains why he made “Okja” for Netflix, even though he prefers to watch films in theaters.

Plus, an all new banter: Some Southern states want to reopen businesses, but movie theater owners say, not so fast. 

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #4: Bob Iger’s resignation, ‘Sonic’ saved

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When the first trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” landed last spring, fans of the video game were horrified by the title character’s look. So Paramount postponed the film’s theatrical release date for three months, and Sonic was sent back to the drawing board.   

“Sonic” seemed like yet another video game-based movie to fail at the box office. Instead, it was a boom: In two weeks, it raked in more than $100 million at U.S. theaters. 

“Sonic the Hedgehog” director Jeff Fowler tells us how he brought the blue guy back from the brink of disaster. 

Feb 28 2020

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Rank #5: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ director on contradictions of filmmaking in France

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Director Céline Sciamma's new film, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” is a passionate historical romance that won two awards at Cannes and praise from critics worldwide. But the reception in her native France was more subdued. She says part of the problem is that French critics say her lesbian love story defies the conventions of the typical love story told through a male gaze. Sciamma tells us about the contradictions of filmmaking in France -- a place that readily funds breakthrough women directors, but still celebrates Roman Polanski. 

Feb 17 2020

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David France’s ‘Welcome to Chechnya’

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David France’s new HBO documentary, “Welcome to Chechnya,” looks at the ongoing campaign to eradicate gay people in the Chechen Republic. 

France worked on the ground with activists in Moscow and Chechnya to chronicle the extraction of individuals fleeing the brutal autocracy. To share this footage without putting his subjects in danger, France worked with a team to digitally swap out their faces.

France talks about how he protected himself while making the movie, getting into Russia on a tourist visa, filming on iPhones and GoPros, and even finding a fake Russian girlfriend.

Jul 03 2020

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Laverne Cox and Sam Feder on their Netflix documentary ‘Disclosure’

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Laverne Cox made history as the first transgender person nominated for an acting Emmy for her role in “Orange is the New Black.” She’s been a vocal advocate for more diversity in Hollywood — with a focus on trans people of color. Now she’s executive producer of the new film “Disclosure,” which explores Hollywood's portrayal of trans people.

While often negative, sometimes film depictions were inspiring. Cox talks about how she found herself through watching movies, and possibly not the ones you might expect.

Now streaming on Netflix, “Disclosure” explores how some on-screen portrayals over the years have stoked fears about gender nonconformity. Think about the cross-dressing serial killers in “Silence of the Lambs” and “Psycho.” But the movies can still be a home for young trans people who are figuring out who they are.

Cox and director Sam Feder discuss the making of the film, which included an almost all trans crew. They also talk about J.K. Rowling’s recent transphobic remarks.

Jun 26 2020

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Judd Apatow’s ‘The King of Staten Island’

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Judd Apatow’s latest film is “The King of Staten Island,” which stars comedian Pete Davidson in a story inspired by Davidson’s real life. Apatow is a comedy icon, but he has a decidedly unfunny presence on Twitter. As his more than 2 million followers know, Apatow regularly rains scorn not only on Trump, but on Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch, whose news network relentlessly bolsters the administration. And Apatow wonders why others in the entertainment industry don’t do the same.

Apatow explains why he has no fear about taking a stand on political issues and talks about why he thinks comedies still have a place on the big screen. He also shares why he is fine with “The King of Staten Island” coming out on video on demand, even though that wasn’t the original plan. 

Jun 19 2020

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Policing on television

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As protests continue across the country, we talk about a topic very much under discussion right now: the way policing is depicted on television. dream hampton, the executive producer of “Surviving R. Kelly,” has spent years thinking about that and worked on a recent report on the issue. The report showed that even good cops are shown trampling the rules, which is often presented as heroism. But when that kind of policing happens in real life, the consequences can be tragic. 

Then, Dan Taberski made a podcast devoted to the reality show “Cops.” What he found was disturbing. Taberski also looked at the show’s spiritual successor, “Live PD,” where officers became reality stars with devoted followings. Now, both shows have been canceled. 

Jun 13 2020

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AMC’s ‘Quiz,’ plus Hollywood’s response to protests

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James Graham wrote the play “Quiz” — about an alleged cheating scandal on the British version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” — before he adapted it for TV.  It’s now airing as a three-part limited series on AMC. 

The current global pandemic and protests should provide a lot of material for Graham, who often writes about big cultural and political moments. But he says it’s tough to get started when there’s no indication that theaters in London will re-open any time soon. 

Graham talks about doubting the conventional wisdom about Charles and Diana Ingram, the couple accused of cheating on the popular game show in 2001 and in effect stealing a million pounds in front of a studio audience.

And he wonders whether his 2019 film “Brexit: The Uncivil War” inadvertently gave a career boost to the then little-known Boris Johnson advisor Dominic Cummings, the force behind the “Vote Leave” campaign. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Cummings in the movie.  

Plus, how is Hollywood responding to a week of protests and police brutality?

Jun 06 2020

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‘On the Record’ filmmakers talk behind-the-scenes drama of their Russell Simmons documentary

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Veteran documentary filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering lived the dream of having Oprah Winfrey sign on as executive producer of their film “On the Record,” which focuses on several women who say they were raped by music mogul Russell Simmons. 

But the dream turned dark just days before “On the Record” was set to premiere at Sundance. Oprah withdrew her support and Apple dropped its deal to release the movie. 

Dick and Ziering remember the shock of that setback and explain their decision to go to Sundance anyway. They say they still don’t know exactly why Oprah bailed on the film, which is now streaming on the newly launched HBO Max.

Jun 01 2020

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ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ chronicles Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls

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ESPN’s Michael Jordan docuseries "The Last Dance" has wrapped. The series has drawn record-breaking ratings and given ESPN something to celebrate in a world without live sports. 

Hayes Permar — a radio host and a sports fanatic, and an old friend of Kim Masters — speaks with director Jason Hehir. 

Permar asks Hehir whether Jordan finally released never-before-seen footage for the series to position himself above LeBron James as the greatest of all time. Hehir insists that's not the reason.  

Hehir tells Permar about sitting with the inscrutable Michael Jordan for hours and  hustling to get episodes done months earlier than planned because of the pandemic. 

May 25 2020

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Alice Wu’s ‘The Half of It’

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The new Netflix film “The Half of It” is a coming-of-age dramedy that tackles love, friendship, self-discovery and tolerance.

It’s writer-director Alice Wu’s second movie — 15 years after her first. She wanted a deadline, so she wrote a $1000 check to the NRA, an organization she does not support, and told her friends if the script wasn’t done in five weeks, that check was going in the mail. 

Wu explains why she picked Netflix as the home for “The Half of It,” despite her love of the old-school theatrical release. And she explains her on-again, off-again relationship with the industry, which started when she quit her job at Microsoft to make the groundbreaking 2005 indie “Saving Face.” 

May 15 2020

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Hollywood prop maker turns to fabricating face shields

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Rob West usually spends his days building sets and making props. But when the pandemic hit, he started using his skills to devise and manufacture reusable face shields for medical personnel. He got other Hollywood freelancers on board and created LA Face Shields. It’s a volunteer effort, and West  would like to get back to paid work soon. But he’s not sure the industry is ready. West talks about running his face shield-making operation out of a well-stocked American Legion bar, and explains how he’s been able to get vital PPE to more than 40 LA-area medical facilities.

May 08 2020

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Dahvi Waller’s ‘Mrs. America’

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The new series “Mrs. America” is about the 1970s battle over the Equal Rights Amendment. It’s available via FX on Hulu. Dahvi Waller created this series after she wrote for “Mad Men” and “Halt and Catch Fire.” After working on three meticulously crafted period dramas, Waller thought she was ready to set her next project in the present. She now realizes that comes with pandemic-related complications. 

Waller talks about tackling the complicated character of Phyllis Schlafly, the woman who led the movement that ultimately blocked ratification of the ERA. She also shares the difficulties of finishing post-production while under stay-at-home orders.

May 01 2020

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Revisiting Bong Joon Ho and ‘Parasite.’ Plus should theaters reopen?

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“Parasite” made history as the first foreign language movie to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Since the movie is now streaming on Hulu, we’re revisiting our conversation with Director Bong Joon Ho, who also won Oscars for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. He tells us about clashing with Harvey Weinstein over cuts to his 2013 film “Snowpiercer,” and explains why he made “Okja” for Netflix, even though he prefers to watch films in theaters.

Plus, an all new banter: Some Southern states want to reopen businesses, but movie theater owners say, not so fast. 

Apr 24 2020

28mins

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Jeffrey Katzenberg on Quibi and his Hollywood tenure

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Jeffrey Katzenberg launched Disney’s animation renaissance with a string of hits, including “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” He co-founded DreamWorks in 1994. Now he’s gambling on Quibi, a new streaming service that offers short shows for viewing on phones. He remembers some of his early days in the industry, and tells us why he believes Quibi will work — even in the middle of a pandemic.

We also remember Matt Holzman, who created KCRW’s The Business.

Apr 20 2020

28mins

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Samantha Bee and Jason Jones on making ‘Full Frontal’ from the woods

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Samantha Bee and  Jason Jones — her husband, producer and fellow former “Daily Show” correspondent — take Bee's late-night show, “Full Frontal,” into the woods outside their house in upstate New York after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production. Jones is the crew, and Bee still opens every episode with her trademark  speedy monologue. They now have no audience — except for woodland creatures. Bee and Jones tell us how they’re keeping their late-night show going while  the rest of the show’s 70-person staff works from home. 

And on the news banter: Disney+ booms, while people only nibble at Quibi so far.

Apr 10 2020

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Eliza Hittman’s ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

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Filmmaker Eliza Hittman knew she’d have trouble getting financing for her art house abortion drama, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” She didn’t think it helped that she kept finding herself pitching to rooms full of men. Even companies that were supposed to focus on "issue movies" weren't interested in an abortion storyline. 

Hittman eventually got her money and her film — which features an astonishing performance by a young woman who had never acted and didn’t particularly want to. The movie got rave reviews at Sundance and won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. 

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” was set for a theatrical release in March, but the coronavirus pandemic made that impossible. It’s not the experience Hittman imagined, but now Focus Features has released her movie on demand. Just before shelter-at-home went into effect, we talked to Hittman about her award-winning film.

Apr 03 2020

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Jobless Hollywood workers cope with coronavirus

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With Hollywood mostly shut down, we check in with people dealing with this difficult time across the industry. Actor David Saucedo, cinematographer Mario Contini, costumer Monica Haynes, writers' room production assistant Matt McRee, and filmmaking team Christina Beck and Beth Dewey tell us how their lives have suddenly changed. They also share how they’re coping while out of work, and how they think this pandemic could change Hollywood forever.

Mar 30 2020

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Netflix’s ‘Crip Camp’

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In 1971, when sound designer Jim LeBrecht was 15, he had a summer of love at a camp for disabled kids. It was a place that fostered a spirit of history-changing activism. He shared his memories with his friend, filmmaker Nicole Newnham, and they agreed that this could make a good movie. They didn’t anticipate that Barack and Michelle Obama would think so too. The final funding for their movie came from Higher Ground, the production company run by the former first family.  

Co-directors Newnham and LeBrecht tell us about their new documentary “Crip Camp,” which won this year’s Audience Award at Sundance and will be streaming on Netflix in a few days. This uplifting story is a respite in these troubled times.

Mar 20 2020

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Anti-NDA initiative ‘Lift Our Voices’

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In July 2016, more than a year before the #MeToo movement began, Gretchen Carlson made a bold decision to sue Fox News chief Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Now she’s made it her mission to end nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that muzzle people who sue over misconduct. 

Carlson signed such an NDA when she settled her lawsuit. She’s been watching herself portrayed in the miniseries “The Loudest Voice” and in the movie “Bombshell” -- without being able to consult on or comment about either project.

Carlson has turned her NDA-related anger into action, creating the initiative Lift Our Voices with Julie Roginsky, a Fox News contributor who also sued Roger Ailes in 2017.

Roginsky and Carlson tell us how they’re working to end mandatory NDAs in settlements of lawsuits involving alleged sexual harassment and misconduct. 

Mar 16 2020

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Autumn de Wilde’s ‘Emma’

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Autumn de Wilde has more than 20 years of experience photographing rock bands and directing commercials and music videos, but she never got to make a feature film. Then out of the blue, a British production company asked her to pitch ideas for a new version of the Jane Austen classic, “Emma.” 

De Wilde says she didn’t make her new version of “Emma” solely for Jane Austen superfans, but Austenites will appreciate the way de Wilde obsessed over every period detail -- even fighting for every tightly wound ringlet on her title character’s head. 

Mar 06 2020

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Bob Iger’s resignation, ‘Sonic’ saved

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When the first trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” landed last spring, fans of the video game were horrified by the title character’s look. So Paramount postponed the film’s theatrical release date for three months, and Sonic was sent back to the drawing board.   

“Sonic” seemed like yet another video game-based movie to fail at the box office. Instead, it was a boom: In two weeks, it raked in more than $100 million at U.S. theaters. 

“Sonic the Hedgehog” director Jeff Fowler tells us how he brought the blue guy back from the brink of disaster. 

Feb 28 2020

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Theatrical release delays: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate,’ ‘Sonic,’ ‘The Hunt’

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We talk about high-profile movies that had their theatrical releases delayed for months.

Filmmaker Tim Miller came on The Business last year to do a postmortem on “Terminator: Dark Fate,” which was supposed to hit theaters in July 2019, but got pushed to November 2019. Miller also executive produced “Sonic the Hedgehog,” which underwent major surgery after video game fans criticized the character’s appearance in the trailer. Miller tells us about the blowback.

Then we revisit a conversation with Damon Lindelof, co-writer of the upcoming movie “The Hunt.” Last August, following a spate of mass shootings, The Hollywood Reporter wrote about ESPN pulling an ad for the violent satire, in which elites hunt so-called “deplorables” for sport. Fox News then went after the film, and Universal canceled its theatrical release. Lindelof talked to us last fall about his HBO series “Watchmen,” but we asked him about “The Hunt” as well. 

Now “The Hunt” is back on. It hits theaters on March 13. 

Feb 24 2020

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iTunes Ratings

432 Ratings
Average Ratings
338
52
18
11
13

Sassy

By MikeRoyerDesign - Apr 18 2018
Read more
Kim is exceptionally Sassy which is great. Excently produced as well!

A Weekly Film School

By Dan Van Poolmate - Mar 02 2018
Read more
Such great insights every week!