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Kim Masters, host of KCRW’s The Business, breaks down Hollywood's top stories.

Kim Masters, host of KCRW’s The Business, breaks down Hollywood's top stories.

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KCRW

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Kim Masters, host of KCRW’s The Business, breaks down Hollywood's top stories.

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@kimmasters

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English

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1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

Harvey Weinstein jury deliberates

2/21/2020
The jury in the Harvey Weinstein criminal trial began deliberations this week. They've made several requests to review information and to relisten to certain of witness testimonies. It's hard to know how long deliberations will take because there have been relatively few comparable trials.

Duration:00:04:34

'The Hunt' returns

2/14/2020
The Universal satire-horror film "The Hunt," from prolific producer Jason Blum, was pulled before its release last fall, following back-to-back mass shootings. Now the film is getting a new release date in March, and Universal is leaning into the controversy in its marketing.

Duration:00:04:09

Oscars still so white and so male

2/7/2020
Since the #OscarsSoWhite movement kicked off five years ago, the Academy has worked to make its membership more diverse. A breakdown of the numbers shows they have made some progress, but there's still a long way to go to achieve anything close to parity.

Duration:00:04:22

Emma Watts resigns as chief of 20th Century Studios

1/31/2020
As Disney continues to dismantle Fox, more changes emerge at the Mouse. Emma Watts was the executive behind a lot of great films, including "Ford v Ferrari," "Deadpool," and "The Martian," but there appears to not be a home for such kinds of movies at Disney.

Duration:00:04:07

Emotional testimony at the Harvey Weinstein trial

1/24/2020
With the jury set, the Harvey Weinstein trial is underway in New York, and the first few days have provided some dramatic and emotional testimony, especially from actress and alleged rape victim Annabella Sciorra.

Duration:00:03:54

Peacock emerges from its shell

1/17/2020
NBCUniversal revealed details of its new streaming service Peacock, which will have several tiers and pricing options.

Duration:00:04:47

Harvey Weinstein criminal trial begins in New York

1/10/2020
In a closely-watched trial, Weinstein has won himself no favors with the judge after bringing in two cellphones and texting during court proceedings.

Duration:00:04:51

What does 2020 hold for Hollywood?

1/2/2020
Taking on some of the questions the industry is facing in 2020: Will Netflix win a Best Picture Oscar? Which franchises get theatrical releases and which go straight to streaming? Is HBO going to diminish its brand?

Duration:00:05:03

As the Skywalker saga wraps up, what's next for Star Wars?

12/20/2019
"The Rise of Skywalker" hits theaters this weekend and critics are not impressed. The ninth and final entry in the Skywalker saga is expected to make hundreds of millions around the globe, but with the franchise feeling creatively lacking, what will Disney decide to do with it next?

Duration:00:04:50

A disappointing settlement for the women who brought civil claims against Weinstein

12/13/2019
Harvey Weinstein and the women who brought a civil case against him have potentially reached a $25 million settlement. But Weinstein won't have to pay a dime of that money himself--it all comes from insurance--and the math works out to no more than $500K per victim.

Duration:00:04:43

'America's Got Talent' has problems

12/6/2019
NBC is in trouble again. This time the issues are not with the news department, but with the show 'America's Got Talent,' where Gabrielle Union was fired as a judge after only one season, after allegedly complaining about a racist culture at the show.

Duration:00:04:43

The hazards of making movies about real people

11/22/2019
Two new movies, 'Richard Jewell' and 'The Banker,' have run into problems stemming from the real people they portray before the films have even been released.

Duration:00:04:28

Disney+ officially arrives, with big numbers to boot

11/15/2019
Disney+ has now been revealed. It was glitchy to start, but Disney says there's a good reason---10 million people signed up for the new streaming service

Duration:00:04:07

Netflix's Reed Hastings says what he really thinks

11/8/2019
At the New York Times Dealbook Conference, the Netflix CEO weighed in on Saudi Arabia, increased playback speeds, and the theatrical experience.

Duration:00:04:18

As the streaming wars continue, WarnerMedia reveals HBO Max details

11/1/2019
WarnerMedia hosted a 2-hour event this week where presenters shared the goals and details of HBO Max, which will launch in 2020.

Duration:00:04:47

Rose McGowan sues Harvey Weinstein, Lisa Bloom and others

10/25/2019
In addition to Weinstein and Bloom, Rose McGowan is also suing lawyer David Boies and the private intelligence Black Cube, claiming racketeering, invasion of privacy and more.

Duration:00:04:33

'South Park' going after China head-on

10/18/2019
Hollywood has been chasing Chinese money for years, and to do so, studios have been self-censoring themselves so that their movies can be played in the Communist country. In recent weeks, 'South Park' has made fun of China directly, which has led to the show being completely banned on Chinese TV and internet.

Duration:00:04:35

Ronan Farrow versus NBC News

10/11/2019
Ronan Farrow's book "Catch and Kill" is coming out soon, and already causing drama. Farrow alleges NBC News never aired his Harvey Weinstein reporting because NBC News was being held hostage by Weinstein and allies who said they had dirt on Matt Lauer.

Duration:00:04:19

Already courting controversy, 'Joker' looks to open huge

10/4/2019
Todd Phillips' super-villain origin story 'Joker' already won top prize at Venice. But now there are fears the dark and violent movie could incite actual violence.

Duration:00:04:40

Marvel's Kevin Feige to visit a galaxy far, far away

9/27/2019
Marvel's Kevin Feige has stuck his nose into the Star Wars tent. The Marvel mega-producer will work on at least one Star Wars movie in the coming years.

Duration:00:04:23