The Harry Potter franchise is so hot that it's just passed James Bond on the dead run -- and there are two more Potter movies still to come.
If I were a suit at Warner Bros. I'd be downright scared.
But I spent some time with Alan Horn last week and he, as usual, is a study in calm.
"Even Alan's fits are so low-decibel, you have to pay close attention," says one agent who has dealt with him a lot.
Typically, Alan Horn is not celebrating his good fortune but rather focusing in on the future.
The Potter franchise stands out as a testimony to shrewd management.
The stakes are mind-numbing.
The problem is that the Alan Horn-Barry Meyer regime contractually has less than two more years to run.
Plus Jeff Bewkes, the CEO of Time Warner, is sitting on a pile of money, and Wall Street expects him to orchestrate some stellar acquisitions.
But Alan Horn isn't distracted by any of this.
Of course, Mr. Calm barely notices.
I found myself growing a bit fretful as Ellin explained his plans to me at a lavish HBO party heralding the start of his show's sixth season.
Well, they'd better be.
Hollywood, too, is having growing pains.
The economic crunch has had a delayed impact on Hollywood, but its impact has now become devastatingly clear.
"The film business is like a snake digesting a large meal," the Economist pointed out last week.
The entertainment business poses many contradictions to analysts.
The upshot: Just as Vince and 'E' and their confreres may now have to come of age, so do the many actors, writers and other members of Hollywood's creative community who face a tough period of corporate consolidation and cost-cutting.
It's getting ugly out there.