THR Heat Index
Charting the ups and downs in the business of entertainment this week.
UP: David Zaslav
The Discovery Communications CEO rides a surging stock price to $42.6 million in 2010 compensation, nearly four times what he made the previous year.
UP/DOWN: Chris Meledandri
The producer’s Hop opens to a huge $37.5 million domestic haul but disappoints in a few overseas markets, raising doubts about the international appeal of the Easter Bunny tale.
UP: Celine Dion
The singer’s return to Caesars Palace after more than three years off is predicted to generate $135 million in economic activity this year in Las Vegas.
UP: James Murdoch
Rupert’s son is elevated to deputy COO of News Corp., putting him in pole position to eventually succeed his father.
UP Cinemark (CNK)
The theater chain gets another Merriman Capital “buy” recommendation on 3D deployment and Latin America expansion.
DOWN RealNetworks (RNWK)
Robert Kimball, CEO of the digital-media enabler for just 15 months, resigns.