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Tracking the week's ups and downs in the business of entertainment.

UP: Katie Couric
Has there ever been as much media speculation about a television news anchor's career plans?

DOWN: Dick Wolf
The retooled and relaunched Law & Order: Los Angeles fizzles in the ratings, hitting a series low and raising questions about its future on NBC.  

UP: Carlos Saldanha
The director's animated Rio doesn't even open in the U.S. until April 15, but it's already considered a worldwide hit, grossing $55 million overseas during its debut weekend and building buzz for its domestic bow.

UP: Jim Wiatt
The former William Morris CEO is no longer on the board of AOL, but an SEC filing reveals he's getting $1 million this year to serve as a consultant to the company. Not a bad gig.

SHOWBIZ STOCKS

UP: Lionsgate (LGF)
$6.51 (+3%)
Miller Tabak + Co. upgrades to "buy" as Netflix pays nearly $1 million an episode for rights to stream its Mad Men.

DOWN: Dish Network (DISH)
$23.47 (-4.3%)
Some question the wisdom of paying $320 million for bankrupt Blockbuster.

 

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