KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown

KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown


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


Reversal of fortunes at cable news and late night  

There's been a historic reshuffling at cable news  and late night as Trump-related news has a big impact on television. 

At the TV upfronts, what's old is new again  

It's that time of year where all the broadcast networks gather in New York City to present their new fall lineups to advertisers. This year includes a Will & Grace reboot at NBC and a Roseanne reunion at ABC.

No strike, but still not quite business as usual  

The WGA was able to make a deal with the studios, so a strike was averted, but the industry continues to be in flux as more people cut the cord, Hulu announced a streaming service, and media stocks took a tumble.

Threat of another writers' strike looms ever closer  

The members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly in favor -- 96.3% -- of authorizing a strike. Now there's a very short window of time before their current contract ends on May 1. 

It's official, Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News  

When Bill O'Reilly left for vacation after revelations of payouts related to sexual harassment allegations caused advertisers to flee his show, the big question was whether he'd come back to host The O'Reilly Factor. Now we know the answer is no.

Will there be another writers' strike?  

Ten years after the last writers' strike, the industry is possibly looking at another one. The last strike was bitter and divisive, and there's hope that the situation can be avoided this time around, but if the strike goes through, it could start as soon as May 2.

Advertisers flee Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show  

Fifty advertisers have now dropped their ads from Bill O'Reilly's show after learning that the Fox News network paid out $13 million in settlements among to five women who alleged O'Reilly sexually harassed them. 

At CinemaCon, lots of debate about theatrical windows  

The annual gathering of movie theater owners wraps up today in Las Vegas. The hot topic of this years event was theatrical windows -- how long a movie should have to wait after being in theaters before becoming available in homes.

Bob Iger's contract extended at Disney, yet again  

Disney CEO Bob Iger will remain at his post until July 2019. In the absence of a successor, Disney has renewed Iger's contract four times.

Ramifications of Trump's budget in the entertainment industry  

Trump's proposed budget would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation forPublic Broadcasting. 

Hollywood in a state of disarray  

This week on the Hollywood Breakdown, we talk about an actual Hollywood breakdown. Two of the major film studios are leaderless at the moment, and the list of people who could possibly step up is a very short one.

Oscars blunder continues to resonate  

By now, the basics of the mix-up that led to presenter Warren Beatty announcing the wrong best picture are well-known, but the Academy is still in the process of evaluating its relationship with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Brad Grey leaves Paramount, who will take his place?  

After a tough year of losses at the box office, Brad Grey is exiting as CEO of Paramount. But finding a replacement may not be easy. The role of a studio head is very different now than when he first took the job 12 years ago.

New allegations emerge around Fox News harassment scandal  

While the situation at Fox News over several women's allegations of sexual harassment by former chairman Roger Ailes seemed to have died down, it came roaring back to life in a New Your state court yesterday. Lawyer Judd Burstein, who is representing suspended Fox host Andrea Tantaros, claims that Fox News is now under investigation by federal prosecutors for possibly breaking SEC laws when making payments in the sexual harassment scandal. In court, Burstein also said he had evidence that Fox monitored Tantaros using electronic surveillance. This allegation has echoes of the previous Murdoch hacking scandal in the UK. 

Talent agencies respond to Trump  

Some of the major agencies in liberal Hollywood are starting to respond to policies put in place by the Trump Administration. So far the move that's gotten the most attention is UTA's decision to cancel their Oscars party and give $250,000 to the ACLU.

Hollywood grapples with the advent of Trump  

Disney chief Robert Iger will not attend a White House forum planned for this week. The gathering is a meeting of CEOs and business leaders, and Iger was one of the only entertainment executives slated to appear at the end.

At Sundance, lots of snow and lots of deals  

The impact of digital streamers Netflix and Amazon at the film festival means everyone is paying more for movies, including the more traditional film studios.

Jerry Seinfeld jumps to Netflix  

The comedian is leaving his long-time TV home at Sony to go to Netflix, in a deal that's been rumored to be massively expensive.

How a Trump presidency might affect the AT&T Time Warner merger  

Now that Donald Trump is angry with CNN, is it possible that as president he could try to block the giant merger between AT&T and Time Warner, which is CNN's parent company?

Gearing up for the Golden Globes  

The Golden Globes are on Sunday, and host Jimmy Fallon has promised a fun, light-hearted show. But with Trump's inauguration just days away, is Hollywood in the mood to party?

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