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Kim Masters


Kim Masters is Editor-at-Large of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW's The Business. A former correspondent for NPR, she has also served as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, TIME and Esquire, and was a staff reporter for The Washington Post. She is the author of "The Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner" and the "Fall of Everybody Else," and co-author (with Nancy Griffin) of "Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood." Masters was named Print Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club in 2012. In 2018, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists gave Masters its Distinguished Journalist Award.

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How the Writers Deal Got Done: Inside the Room

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Disney CEO Bob Iger was in Beverly Hills, seemingly living his best life. He was at dinner with Paul McCartney and Eagles alum Joe Walsh at La Dolce Vita, an Old World Italian restaurant with long white tablecloths and dark red leather booths. Some people were discreetly snapping photos, as was […]

Does CAA Have a Succession Problem?

For those of a certain age who like to think that they’re still young — and who doesn’t? — it is sobering to realize that when Michael Ovitz bowed out of the agency business in 1995, neither Tom Holland nor Zendaya had even been born. People who weren’t around in those days can’t begin to […]

A Disney Sale to Apple? Don’t Count It Out This Time

A few weeks before Bob Iger sat down for that CNBC interview in which he said Disney’s linear TV networks, like ABC and FX, “may not be core” to the company’s business, a veteran Hollywood executive mused to The Hollywood Reporter on the possibility of a deal that would rock the industry: Apple buying Disney. […]

Unpacking Bob Iger’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good PR Week

Why did he do it? That’s the question many in Hollywood have asked in the wake of Bob Iger’s now-infamous July 13 interview with CNBC in bucolic Sun Valley. What possessed Iger to pick such a place and time to express his “disappointment” with the demands of the striking talent guilds? Not only was he at […]

The Behind-the-Scenes Players Seeking a Path to Hollywood Peace

Every labor dispute involves posturing and hyperbolic language: One side denounces the other as evil incarnate and the other does the same — until a deal is done. But this time, with two major guilds pitted against the studios, the anger is so intense that it’s hard to see how peace will be restored.  In the simplest […]

Tom Cruise Lobbied Studios on SAG-AFTRA Stunt and AI Positions (Exclusive)

How important is the AI issue to members of SAG-AFTRA? Important enough that Tom Cruise Zoomed into a June negotiating session to urge the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to hear out the guild’s concerns on the issue, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. That wasn’t the Mission: Impossible star’s sole concern. He also wanted to […]

After Filmmaker Outcry Over TCM Cuts, Warner Bros. Reverses Course (Sort Of)

It wasn’t that David Zaslav wasn’t cautioned. He was, explicitly, in a December 2022 conversation with CAA’s Bryan Lourd, who said that damaging the relatively small but beloved Turner Classic Movies would lead to backlash from “a lot of important people” — people whom Zaslav most admired and wanted to be admired by, such as Steven […]

Sources: Warners’ Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to Gain Oversight of TCM (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav is attempting to calm the waters after stirring up a storm over Turner Classic Movies earlier this week. Zaslav is moving oversight of the channel to Warner Bros. Pictures bosses Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, sources with knowledge of the situation tell The Hollywood Reporter. The move is […]

When David Zaslav Is Your Boss: 20-Plus Insiders on His Exacting Standards (And Those 6:30 a.m. Calls)

On June 7, at roughly 9 a.m. ET, the media parlor game shifted abruptly from how long CNN chief executive Chris Licht would remain in the job to who would replace him. Licht, whose turbulent tenure lasted just 13 months, had met his demise after a blistering 15,000-word profile appeared in The Atlantic. His boss, David […]

Peter Rice’s Next Act: Film, TV Producing Deal With A24 (Exclusive)

Peter Rice has found his next gig. The respected film and television executive, who was unceremoniously ousted at Chapek-era Disney, will next focus on becoming an independent producer and has partnered with powerhouse A24. Under the producing and co-financing agreement, Rice will have a nonexclusive deal with the Oscar-winning outfit. Film and TV projects that fall […]

The Whispers Behind NBCUniversal’s Jeff Shell Firing

In the aftermath of the shock ouster of NBC Universal’s CEO, industry executives present a tale of two Jeff Shells. To some, Shell’s acknowledgment that he was departing because of “an inappropriate relationship with a woman in the company” came as a bolt from the blue. To others, not so much. “I’m totally flabbergasted,” says […]

Inside Amazon Studios: Big Swings Hampered by Confusion and Frustration

It’s long been an open secret that Jeff Bezos has yearned for his own Game of Thrones, and that Amazon’s big swing as it reached for its own massive hit was The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, believed to be the most expensive series ever made. Last September, the show began with […]