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

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@kimmasters

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'South Park' going after China head-on

10/18/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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

With Peacock, the streaming space gets even more crowded

9/20/2019
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NBC revealed its forthcoming streaming service this week. Next year, Peacock will arrive on the scene with thousands of hours of content already included. In addition to library shows, there will also be originals and reboots of shows including 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Saved by the Bell.'

Duration:00:05:12

Apple lifts the veil on TV+

9/12/2019
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After a seemingly endless wait, we finally know some of the crucial details of Apple TV+. The service will be cheap!--only $5 a month, or free for a year if you buy a new iPhone or Mac. The streaming service will land on November 1.

Duration:00:05:29

'Crazy Rich Asians' co-writer leaves sequel over pay parity

9/6/2019
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'Crazy Rich Asians' was a huge box office hit, but one of the screenwriters won't be returning for the two sequels after she learned her male screenwriter had been offered more than 8 times what she was making for the job.

Duration:00:06:04

Why 'The Irishman' may not be coming to a theater near you

8/30/2019
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Netflix wants an Oscar best picture win, and their highest profile release is Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman.' The film will play in limited theaters before going to Netflix, but none of the major theater chains are jumping on board.

Duration:00:04:49

ViacomCBS and the triumph of Shari Redstone

8/16/2019
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This week saw the long-awaited recombining of CBS and Viacom. To make it happen, Shari Redstone, daughter of Sumner Redstone, had to roll up her sleeves and outlast several other CEOs in the process.

Duration:00:04:46

Despite box office domination, Disney's earnings disappoint

8/9/2019
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This is the first quarter that Fox assets have been included in Disney's earnings report, and the results were not as strong as expected. Disney chief Bob Iger blamed Fox's film studio strategy for the lackluster numbers.

Duration:00:03:58

Extra's very bad week

8/2/2019
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The Warner Bros show 'Extra' is having a rough go of it this week. Host Mario Lopez is in hot water after he made controversial comments about the parenting of possibly transgender kids. And cohost A.J. Calloway has been removed from the program, many months after multiple sexual assault allegations emerged.

Duration:00:03:56

Will Leo roar at the box office?

7/26/2019
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Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' opens this weekend and the industry will be watching closely to see how it does. It's one of the few studio movies of the summer that's a standalone, adult, dramatic film that's not part of some larger franchise. It'll also be something of a test: does Leonardo DiCaprio's star power still have pull at the box office?

Duration:00:03:52

Emmy nominations are out and HBO is back on top for now.

7/19/2019
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The Emmy nominations were announced this week, and while HBO epic ‘Game of Thrones’ broke the record for total nominations in a single season at 32, the news was also an affirmation of the wealth of quality tv out there right now.

Duration:00:04:56

Will HBO Max work and will consumers pay?

7/12/2019
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WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max will pull “Friends” from Netflix when it launches in 2020.

Duration:00:05:10

Netflix bragged about 'On My Block.' Now its stars want a raise.

6/28/2019
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Netflix doesn't reveal ratings, but did say the series 'On My Block' was it's "most-binged" of 2018. Now, the four stars of that show are working to renegotiate their contracts for season 3. They'd like to be paid on par with the stars of another YA Netflix series, '13 Reasons Why.'

Duration:00:05:20

A crisis of comedies at the box office

6/21/2019
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The movie 'Late Night' written by and starring Mindy Kaling was the talk of Sundance, but its buzz at the box office has been significantly more muted. And it's not the only one--several comedies--one after another have tanked at the box office this spring and summer. Is streaming to blame?

Duration:00:04:56

Emmy nomination voting underway

6/14/2019
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The first round of Emmy voting began earlier this week, and we're starting to get the lay of the land. 'Game of Thrones' may well dominate the awards space in the drama category, despite less than stellar reviews for the final season. And this year, one of the most competitive categories, Best Limited Series, is a format that was on life support just a few years ago.

Duration:00:05:24

An avalanche of big studios weigh in on Georgia abortion bill

5/31/2019
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Georgia has become Hollywood East in recent years, thanks to the hefty tax breaks they offer productions. But more and more big studios say they'll have to reconsider working in the state if the "heartbeat bill" becomes law.

Duration:00:04:26

Endeavor goes public, rocks Hollywood

5/24/2019
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The massive media company Endeavor, whose holdings include the talent agency WME, announced it is going public, and looking to raise around $500 million in its IPO. The filing comes in the middle of the continuing battle between writers and talent agencies.

Duration:00:04:37

Checking in on the broadcast TV upfronts in the age of streaming

5/17/2019
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While ratings for broadcast television continue to plummet, the annual ritual known as the upfronts soldiers on in New York. And despite the streaming takeover, the broadcast networks still do several billion dollars worth of business selling slots to advertisers. Old school broadcast TV remains one of the few safe places advertisers can reach millions of people.

Duration:00:04:44