25 episodes

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.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 545 Ratings

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.

    Replay: Creating ‘Reservation Dogs’ with Indigenous cast and crew

    Replay: Creating ‘Reservation Dogs’ with Indigenous cast and crew

    Before he co-created the FX comedy series “Reservation Dogs,” Sterlin Harjo directed three micro-budget films in his home state of Oklahoma. He had knocked on Hollywood’s door but somehow he never could find financing. "I even heard, like, this film’s just a little too Indian," Harjo says. "Or, this film’s not Indian enough. So, it was very confusing." Now, FX is preparing to release a second season of “Reservation Dogs" and the series is looking to nab Emmy nominations this year.

    • 28 min
    Stories shouldn’t have to justify Blackness or womanness: Natasha Rothwell

    Stories shouldn’t have to justify Blackness or womanness: Natasha Rothwell

    Natasha Rothwell played Kelli on HBO’s “Insecure,” and the beleaguered spa manager in “The White Lotus.” Now, she’s in the hit sequel “Sonic The Hedgehog 2.” With her own production company and an overall deal at ABC Signature, she plans to create movies and TV that skip the tired tropes and feature diverse casts. "I think so many scripts use page real estate in Act One just to justify someone's Blackness, or fatness or womanness, and then the story can start," Rothwell says. "We have to acclimate the audience to our otherness before we can tell a story, and I think that's b******t." Natasha Rothwell talks about blossoming in the "Insecure" writers room, and says that she has big plans for her company, Big Hattie Productions.

    • 28 min
    7-season ‘Grace and Frankie’ is Netflix unicorn of creator Marta Kauffman

    7-season ‘Grace and Frankie’ is Netflix unicorn of creator Marta Kauffman

    The longest-running original series on Netflix is coming to an end. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have played “Grace and Frankie” for seven seasons, telling raunchy and honest stories of older women. After co-creating “Friends,” Marta Kauffman thought up the Netflix hit “Grace and Frankie,” which made it to an unheard-of 94 episodes. While Netflix has been offering a high volume of shows, only to drop many scripted series after a couple of seasons, Kauffman is not surprised that the big-volume approach has led to problems. “We’re going to do a little bit of everything in the hopes they’ll be a niche audience for every show,” Kauffman says. “And there isn’t a niche audience for every single show.”

    • 28 min
    ‘Dear Mr. Brody’ looks at thousands of unopened letters to a millionaire

    ‘Dear Mr. Brody’ looks at thousands of unopened letters to a millionaire

    In 1970, a 21-year-old heir to a margarine fortune became a nationwide sensation when he vowed to give away his money to anyone who needed it. Michael Brody was deluged with thousands of letters, most of which sat unopened for decades, until documentarian Keith Maitland and his team decided to read them. “We started researching people, and we started tracking them down,” Maitland says. “And over and over, we kept discovering that almost nobody remembered having written these letters.” Director Keith Maitland and Executive Producer Ed Pressman talk about exploring a strange, poignant, and all but forgotten story with the film “Dear Mr. Brody.”

    • 28 min
    Powerful Hollywood agent turns to producing ‘Pachinko’

    Powerful Hollywood agent turns to producing ‘Pachinko’

    Talent agent-turned-producer Theresa Kang Lowe had a pretty good idea of the challenges she’d face in adapting the novel “Pachinko” for television. A series almost entirely subtitled, largely set 100 years ago in Korea, with a huge budget — it wasn’t an obvious greenlight. “At the time when I was an agent and I came across a book, my job was to think about strategy. How are we gonna sell this?” Kang Lowe says. “So the immediate no’s were: period piece. The budget has to be significant for it to have scope and scale from a cinematic point of view. It also had to be an all Asian-led cast. And it had to be told in Korean, Japanese and English.” Kang Lowe was able to use her decades of experience to land the budget and support she needed at Apple. Kang Lowe discusses her career—including an interesting time as Ari Emanuel’s assistant, her rise to partner at William Morris Endeavor, and her move to become executive producer of the new Apple TV+ series “Pachinko.”

    • 28 min
    Rerun: ‘CODA’ filmmakers on growth of Deaf representation

    Rerun: ‘CODA’ filmmakers on growth of Deaf representation

    “CODA” won three Oscars this year: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Writing (Adapted Screenplay). When making “CODA,” Marlee Matlin , who won an Oscar in 1987 for “Children of a Lesser God,” realized she was usually the only Deaf person on a set. She told KCRW in January: “I’m the one typically going to my trailer by myself, and it’s just me and my interpreter. But in all honesty, I never thought of it until I got on the set of ‘CODA’ and realized there’s a whole different world out there I’ve been missing all this time. Realizing that here I am, on the set of ‘CODA,’ in my element at lunch time, because everybody is signing. The hearing crew — they’re signing, there’s Deaf cast members, and most importantly, our director learned sign language.” KCRW reairs its conversation with director Siân Heder and Matlin. Also in a new Banter, Matt Belloni talks to Lucas Shaw about what happens now as the WarnerMedia Discovery merger is imminent.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
545 Ratings

545 Ratings

StellaConnecticut ,

More banter, please!

Love this podcast for keeping up and especially Kim’s (wise and snarky) perspective. I would love to see full episodes of just she and Matt PLUS BIPOC guests banter. Need more biz perspectives than just Caucasian folks. This is my first go to podcast each week.

hardingmr ,

The BEST podcast about the industry!

I have been listening to The Business for years, it’s just the best. The Hollywood breakdown is always so informative, I don’t have time to read the trades so it’s a great little set of updates and always so interesting. Kim is amazing, such a great interviewer and hits issues head on in such a straight forward way. I’ll never stop being a fan of this show!

afro_d ,

Industry shill?

Would hope that the takes presented on a show like this would have some verity and bite to them. On the contrary they often echo superficial Network and Studio opinion on issues within the business. Case in point the recent episode on the “Rust” tragedy. There is real depth to this story and if the authors would take the time to dig in and do some reporting they will find something far more complicated and compelling than the knee jerk take being circulated by industry leaders.

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