THR Heat Index

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

UP: Joss Whedon

The Avengers director is breaking records overseas, with the film on track to gross $500 million in just 10 days of global release.

DOWN: Joel Silver

The one-time Warner Bros. superproducer (The Matrix, Sherlock Holmes) is kicked off the lot, marking the end of the era of lavish producer deals.

UP: Ryan Seacrest

The mogul closes a two-year, $30 million deal to remain host of American Idol within a week of inking a rich new pact with NBCUniversal that includes Today appearances and Olympics coverage. Oh, and E! extends his Kardashian franchise by three years.

DOWN: The Murdochs

A U.K. phone-hacking report says Rupert is "unfit" to run the company and James showed "willful ignorance" to issues at News International.


$231.90 (+23.2%)

Web giant reports strong first-quarter financials. Benchmark analyst Daniel Kurnos raises target price to $260.

DOWN: Netflix (NFLX)
$80.14 (-21.3%)

Beats first-quarter earnings expectations, but analysts worry streaming is cannibalizing more-profitable DVD business.