25 episodes

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.

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    • 4.6 • 605 Ratings

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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    • 28 min
    Justine Bateman, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland on AI contract language; Hollywood’s lean holiday box office

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
605 Ratings

605 Ratings

Daphne Jacobs ,

More of the banter, please!

Love the banter portion! I listen to the podcast just to hear the banter part. Then, I turn it off.

me39566 ,

Ceasefire NOW

You should talk about your views on this and see if you can find your humanity.

Your indifference and callous hate for any challenge to your view of the world WILL bring about a return of Trump.

Ohkaycarlos ,

So informative, diverse and enter into the banterverse

Banterverse is spicy, concise and entertaining! I really enjoy the insight and the updates but the bantering is fun and not bloated content. I also enjoy the diverse films and filmmakers that come on the show.

Thanks!

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