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

UP: Paul Telegdy

NBC's reality chief lands Howard Stern for America's Got Talent and relaunches Fear Factor with a 3.3 rating in adults 18-to-49, the network's best nonsports number Monday at 8 p.m. since February 2008.

DOWN: Christiane Amanpour

The star reporter's 16-month tenure hosting ABC's This Week ends as the Sunday staple falls far behind CBS' Face the Nation and NBC's Meet the Press in the ratings.

UP: Melissa Rosenberg

She passes Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland) to become the highest-grossing female screenwriter of all time, with the four Twilight films and Step Up earning $2.5 billion (and counting).

DOWN: Scott Sternberg

The TV producer aligns himself with Casey Anthony to pitch a $750,000 interview special; TLC and Lifetime say no and many other networks won't even hear the pitch.

SHOWBIZ STOCKS

UP: Comcast (CMCSA)
$23.33 (+2.9%)

During a tough week for most stocks, investors cheer NBC's hiring of Stern as a judge on America's Got Talent.

DOWN: Cablevision (CVC)
$12.75 (-10.4%)

The sudden departure of longtime COO Tom Rutledge hits the stock hard, pushing it to a 52-week low.

 
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