KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown

KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown


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


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?

Looking back at the year in late night  

With Samantha Bee, we finally have a woman hosting a late night show, Seth Meyers delivers cutting commentary and hosts like Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah find their footing.

Producer Steven Mnuchin's varied history in Hollywood  

Trump's Treasury Secretary pick has a hit-and-miss track record in the film industry. 

Fantastic box office hopes for 'Fantastic Beasts'  

The Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is on track for a big opening weekend.

Hollywood in shock following presidential election  

The large majority of people who work in Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera are walking around in a daze following Donald Trump's win. 

World Series ratings: The Cubs win, and so does Fox  

More than 40 million people tuned in to watch the Cubs beat the Indians in a historic World Series finale last night, making it the most-watched baseball game in 25 years. 

Megyn Kelly contract negotiations: Will she stay at Fox News?  

Megyn Kelly has become a very prominent player in this presidential election. Her current contract at Fox News expires next year, and Rupert Murdoch would really like her to stay.

China beckons. Will Hollywood heed the call?  

The Chinese company Dalian Wanda Group wants filmmakers to come to their massive studio in China, and offering them a 40% production rebate to do so.

Negotiating Billy Bush's exit from NBC  

After leaked footage with Donald Trump making lewd statements about women to former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush came to light, Bush's future at NBC now comes into question. He's hired a fierce litigator and his departure may not be as amicable as once thought.

Embroiled in controversy, 'The Birth of a Nation' opens  

The Birth of a Nation made history with a record-breaking sale at Sundance. But acquitted rape charges from director and star Nate Parker's past have cast a cloud over the film. 

Will there be wedding bells for CBS and Viacom?  

National Amusements, mogul Sumner Redstone's holding company, published a letter it sent to both Viacom and CBS urging the companies to merge back together. It's been a decade since the two media companies first split apart into separate entities.

Upcoming debate expected to bring in huge ratings  

As the first presidential debate approaches, networks are nervous about how best to prepare their moderators in a year where Donald Trump has been determined to make his perceived treatment by the media part of his campaigning process.

The high cost of ending the Roger Ailes era at Fox News  

Earlier this week, news of Gretchen Carlson's $20 million settlement with Fox arrived the same day Greta Van Susteren announced she was leaving. Now that Ailes is gone, it's possible that even more on-air talent will follow. 

The summer of "sequel-itis" and beginning of awards season  

As Labor Day weekend approaches, the summer box office officially wraps up and attention moves to upcoming film festivals. 

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