The Report: THR Heat Index

57 REP Sean McManus
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Tracking good and bad weeks in the entertainment business.

DOWN: Sean McManus
The CBS News president fired Early Show anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez but replaced them with lesser-known CBS talent rather than a game-changing name, reinforcing the show’s status as perennial also-ran.

UP: Ken Howard and Roberta Reardon
The respective SAG and AFTRA leaders and their staffs can boast a successful joint negotiation with the studios, leading to a quick and tidy deal. Is a merger next?

UP: Noah Baumbach
The filmmaker’s indie Greenberg scores a surprising four Spirit Award noms as news leaks that Ben Stiller and James Franco are eyeing roles in his next film.

UP: Jodie Foster
The Beaver gets a spring release date, a trailer and no Mel Gibson-related outcry.


UP: Regal Entertainment Group — $15.04 (+12%)
Movie exhibitor declares an extraordinary cash dividend of $1.40 a share and increases quarterly dividend by 17%.

DOWN: DirecTV — $40.62 (-3%)
Goldman Sachs lowers financial targets through 2012 based on higher programming costs.