THR Heat Index

Charting the week’s ups and downs in the business of entertainment.

DOWN James Franco
Good thing the Oscar co-host hopped on a plane right after the telecast: Critics pounced on his barely interested delivery, and ratings dropped 9 percent.

UP Rupert Murdoch
On the eve of his 80th birthday, Murdoch nears a deal for British broadcaster BSkyB, which would make him most powerful media mogul in the U.K.

DOWN Nicole Kidman
By wearing Dior at the Oscars, the best actress nominee was dragged into the debate over designer John Galliano’s alleged anti-Semitic rant.

UP Doug Morris
The former Universal Music Group chief lands as CEO of Sony Music and is now tasked with turning around his one time greatest rival.


UP EchoStar
$35.27 (+5.6%)
The sister company of Dish Network returned to profitability in the final quarter of the calendar year.

DOWN Amazon
$172.02 (-7.8%)
UBS analyst cuts his recommendation to “neutral” on concerns that launching its streaming movie service will be costly.