Leslie Moonves
American businessman
Leslie Moonves
Leslie Moonves is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. Moonves served as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom, Inc. , the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005. Prior to that he had been in a series of executive positions for CBS since July 1995. Moonves has also been a Director at ZeniMax Media since 1999.
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Redstone Ex-Girlfriend Threatens to Name Other Women Who Received Gifts
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
One of Sumner Redstone’s ex-girlfriends threatened to name other women to whom he gave tens of millions of dollars and to potentially call executives including CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves as witnesses in support of her claim that the media mogul had the mental capacity to give her major gifts.
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The Grand Delusion: Trump 2.0 Coming In January
Huffington Post - 3 months
The mainstream media, with rare exceptions, has been making a Herculean effort to re-invent Donald Trump as a normal human who won't carry over his demagogic, bigoted, authoritarian and impulsive campaign persona into the White house. The Democrats and President Obama are also playing along, hoping if they pretend he is not whom he has always been, he will truly evolve into someone who can be reasoned with. Trump has apparently even been talking regularly to President Obama during the transition, which provides a "sign" to those whose optimism is boundless. It reminds one of the period between the anointing of George W. Bush by the Supreme Court in 2000 and his ascension to power. Newspapers were repeatedly cautioning Bush that he became President under a cloud, the country was bitterly divided, and he had to unite the country by finding a middle ground with Al Gore supporters incensed by the Court's actions. Of course, Bush talked the conciliatory talk, but he had no desire to w ...
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What Next After 11/9 For The U.S.? Reactions And A Plea For Lessons And Wisdom From Our Friends And Colleagues In Africa
Huffington Post - 3 months
The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog, at www.cihablog.com, has as its mission to "transform the phenomenon of aid to Africa into egalitarian and respectful relationships that challenge unequal power relations, paternalism and victimization." It focuses particularly on "critical and religious voices to explore connections among issues of faith, governance, gender, and race in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Through analysis and dialogue, we strive for equality, justice and, ultimately, respect for others' desires, beliefs and practices." The Blog is a collaboration among three Africa-based institutions and two U.S.-based ones, including the University of California, Irvine. The two U.S.-based Co-Editors (of whom I am one) wrote the following post, which I repost here. What next after 11/9 for the U.S.? Reactions, and a plea for lessons and wisdom from our friends and colleagues in Africa November 11, 2016 Exploring Religion, Faith, and Traditi ...
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CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves could be key to Viacom's future
LATimes - 5 months
Leslie Moonves holds the keys to the Redstone family’s $40-billion kingdom. The charismatic chairman and chief executive of CBS Corp. has emerged as the choice of controlling shareholders Shari and Sumner Redstone to lead a reunified CBS and Viacom Inc. — should the companies agree to merge.  But...
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CBS CEO Moonves to seek autonomy following any deal with Viacom: sources
Yahoo News - 5 months
CBS Corp Chief Executive Leslie Moonves is planning to seek autonomy from the Redstone family, the broadcaster's controlling shareholder, in leading the company if it merges with Viacom Inc , two people familiar with the matter said. While there is no certainty that CBS and Viacom will agree to a merger, Moonves is seeking to capitalize on his 10-year track record at the helm of CBS to gain as much influence as possible over the combined company, the people said on Monday. The 67-year-old media executive is deliberating his options with advice from famed Wall Street lawyer Martin Lipton, the people said.
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Merger or Not, CBS Shares Are Attractive
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Photo: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhoto: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhoto: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhoto: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhoto: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhoto: Michael Nagle/BloombergPhoto: Michael Nagle/BloombergMerger or Not, CBS Shares Are Attractive Nerger or Not, CBS Shares Are Attractive. If a deal between CBS and Viacom takes place, CBS chief Les Moonves will have an outsize say over the terms. Merger or Not With Viacom, CBS Shares Are AttractiveMerger or Not, CBS Shares Are AttractiveBy Jack Hough If CBS and Viacom strike a deal, CBS chief Les Moonves will have an outsize say over the terms.
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Merger or Not, CBS Shares Are Attractive
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
If CBS and Viacom strike a deal, CBS chief Les Moonves will have an outsize say over the terms.
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A CBS-Viacom Merger? It Depends on the Redstone-Moonves Dance
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
The relationship between CBS chief Leslie Moonves and Shari Redstone holds the key to whether she can pull off what would be a dramatic finale to a year of corporate drama, by reuniting the two companies her father split apart a decade ago.
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Can CBS and Viacom Merge? It Depends on the Redstone-Moonves Dance - Wall Street Journal
Google News - 5 months
Wall Street Journal Can CBS and Viacom Merge? It Depends on the Redstone-Moonves Dance Wall Street Journal Leslie Moonves, who isn't used to standing around, found himself doing just that at this summer's Allen & Co.'s annual summer gathering of business titans in Sun Valley, Idaho. While others headed off to the opening night's barbecue, the CBS Corp. CBS ... Sumner Redstone's National Amusements Proposes CBS-Viacom MergerForbes Redstones officially urge Viacom-CBS merger talksLos Angeles Times Redstone Push Is on to Reunite CBS and ViacomABC News PR Newswire (press release) -New York Times -Adweek -Vanity Fair all 112 news articles »
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Redstone's National Amusements to call on CBS, Viacom to explore merger: sources
Yahoo News - 5 months
Sumner Redstone's National Amusements Inc is preparing to call on CBS Corp and Viacom Inc to explore a merger, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. National Amusements is the controlling shareholder of both media companies, which separated from each other 10 years ago. A merger would give Viacom, whose networks include Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV, a seasoned media executive at the helm in CBS CEO Leslie Moonves at a time when its TV ratings and ad revenue are in decline, many investors believe.
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Will CBS Buy Viacom?
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
CBS Chief Les Moonves likely could find huge synergies from combining with Viacom. With or without a deal, CBS shares could double by 2020.
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Will CBS Buy Viacom?
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
CBS Chief Les Moonves likely could find huge synergies from combining with Viacom. With or without a deal, CBS shares could double by 2020.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Leslie Moonves
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 66
    He became chairman of CBS in February 2016. Of the tone of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign and the advertising dollars it delivers, Moonves said, "It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS."
    More Details Hide Details He added, "Donald's place in this election is a good thing." Moonves has served on the board of ZeniMax Media since its foundation in 1999, alongside his friend and ZeniMax president Ernest Del. Moonves' investment in the company has been noted, as well as his appearances at several launch parties, including for Bethesda Softworks' Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Rage. In his early career, Moonves was an actor. He landed a few television roles, playing tough guys on Cannon and The Six Million Dollar Man before deciding on a career change. He also worked as one of casting director Caro Jones' first office assistants early in her career. On April 7, 2003, Moonves portrayed himself in an episode of The Practice. From early 2004, Moonves has made regular contributions to Late Show with David Letterman. One of these appearances was provoked by Letterman himself when he declared outrage that Jay Leno was featured prominently on the CBS website in an ad for CBS' telecast of the People's Choice Awards. On the Late Show, Letterman jokingly warned the "CBS stooge in the control room" to call his buddies "before things turn ugly." Moonves obliged. Later appearances have taken the same format, with Letterman discussing current events and the CBS network with the company's CEO.
    Moonves became Chairman of CBS in February 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 65
    On the March 23, 2015 premiere episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, Moonves portrayed himself as the head of CBS, who then sends out a golden ticket that will grant whoever finds it a chance to host the Late Late Show, in an homage to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    More Details Hide Details Moonves would also appear on the first episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on September 8, 2015. During this episode, Moonves was repeatedly shown with a giant switch which he could use to switch the network to reruns of The Mentalist (as CBS had aired reruns of scripted dramas in the 11:35 pm time slot over the summer between the final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman and the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) if he was dissatisfied with Colbert's performance (which he did, briefly, twice during the show).
  • 2013
    Age 63
    He is considered the second most highly paid executive for 2013, receiving $65.4 million.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Moonves was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
  • 2012
    Age 62
    Moonves is considered the second most highly paid director for 2012: he received $58.8 million.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    On September 24, 2009, Chen gave birth to a son, Charlie Moonves.
    More Details Hide Details Moonves resides in Beverly Hills, California, in a house he bought from Andy Heyward. He also owns residences in New York City and Malibu. Of his practice of Transcendental Meditation, Moonves has said, "It puts me in a calm state, which I'm not always in." Moonves is a great-nephew of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel.
  • 2006
    Age 56
    On February 28, 2006, Moonves led CBS to file a $500 million lawsuit against Howard Stern for allegedly breaching his contract by failing to disclose the details of his deal with Sirius Satellite Radio while still employed by Infinity Broadcasting.
    More Details Hide Details Stern vowed to fight the suit, and said on his radio program that Moonves and CBS were trying to "bully" him and his agent, Don Buchwald. Stern later appeared on CBS' own Late Show with David Letterman, wearing a shirt mocking Moonves and his wife. On June 7, 2006, Stern announced that the lawsuit had been settled. As part of the settlement, Sirius acquired the exclusive rights to all of the WXRK tapes (over two decades worth of shows) for $2 million.
    In January 2006, Moonves was instrumental in making the deal that brought together CBS-owned UPN with The WB to form the CW Network.
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  • 2005
    Age 55
    Among the shows that have given CBS a new lease on life is the CSI franchise and Survivor. CBS had six of the ten most-watched primetime shows in the final quarter of 2005: CSI, Without a Trace, CSI: Miami, Survivor: Guatemala, NCIS, and Cold Case.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2005, Moonves was identified as the executive directly responsible for ordering the cancellation of UPN's Star Trek: Enterprise and the ending of the 18-year Star Trek television franchise.
  • 2004
    Age 54
    In 2004, although his divorce from Nancy was not yet finalized, Les Moonves began dating CBS' The Early Show reporter Julie Chen. On December 10, 2004, Moonves got a court to grant an early divorce.
    More Details Hide Details Tired of waiting, Moonves' motion cited a "desire to return to the status of being single". Moonves foresaw a lengthy trial to settle the property and other issues. He argued that "terminating the marital status will aid in promoting settlement of this matter", and the judge gave his request the stamp of approval—leaving the divorce's alimony, child support and property division details to be determined later—so he could remarry. Just 13 days later in Mexico, he married television and news personality Julie Chen.
    Moonves served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom, Inc., the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to that time, he had been in a series of executive positions for CBS since July 1995. Moonves has been a Director at ZeniMax Media since 1999.
  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 48
    From April 1998 until 2003, he was president and chief executive officer at CBS Television, then was promoted to chairman and CEO of CBS in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He oversees all operations of the company, including the CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Stations, CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS Radio, CBS Records, CBS Outdoor, Simon & Schuster, CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Outernet and CBS Films. During this time (2003), CBS became America's most watched television network, going from last to first.
  • 1995
    Age 45
    He joined CBS in July 1995 as president of CBS Entertainment.
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  • 1993
    Age 43
    In July 1993, he became president/CEO of Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Television, when Warner Bros. and Lorimar Television combined operations. In this phase of his career, he green-lighted the hit shows Friends and ER, among many others.
  • 1990
    Age 40
    From 1990 to 1993, he was president at Lorimar.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 35
    Moonves joined Lorimar Television in 1985 as executive in charge of its movies and mini-series, and in 1988, became head of creative affairs.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 28
    In 1978, Moonves married Nancy Wiesenfeld (m. December 17, 1978, div. 2004) with whom he has three children. In April 2003, Nancy Moonves filed for divorce in L.A. Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
    More Details Hide Details Nancy and Les Moonves were already living apart.
  • 1971
    Age 21
    In his sophomore year he switched his major from pre-med to Spanish and acted in a few plays; following graduation in 1971 he moved to Manhattan to pursue a career as an actor, but after he played a few "forgettable" TV roles he decided to pursue the business side of television instead.
    More Details Hide Details Moonves had upper management experience early in his business career. He was in charge of first-run syndication and pay/cable programming at 20th Century Fox Television. Also at 20th Century Fox Television he was vice president of movies and mini-series. Other positions included vice president of Development at Saul Ilson Productions (in association with Columbia Pictures Television) and development executive for Catalina Productions.
    Moonves was born to a Jewish family in New York City, the son of Josephine (Schleifer) and Herman Moonves, and grew up in Valley Stream, New York. He attended Valley Stream Central High School and went to Bucknell University, graduating in 1971.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on October 6, 1949.
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