THR Heat Index
Tracking the week’s ups and downs in the business of entertainment.
UP Mark Zuckerberg
American Idol and X Factor partner with Facebook for online voting as Warner Bros. begins renting movies through the site, starting with The Dark Knight.
DOWN Guillermo Del Toro
Universal balks at the $150 million budget for the director’s long-in-the-works adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, sending him looking for another studio (or another project).
DOWN Vivian Schiller
The embattled NPR head has another scandal on her hands as an executive for the taxpayer-funded radio syndicator is caught on tape calling Tea Party members “seriously racist.”
UP Ryan Kavanaugh
The Relativity Media CEO raised a new round of capital from Elliott Associates, allowing the startup studio to release 12-15 movies a year.
Its audio technology is in Blu-ray players, helping it to notch a 27% gain in revenue and net income in the fourth quarter.
After closing its $315 million Huffington Post deal and hiring editors, the stock falls to its lowest level in two years.