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Eric Calvillo 2018-07-28
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Hours after the New Yorker published its explosive story in which six women accused CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves of sexual harassment and intimidation, one of CBS’ top female execs said that she was “fully” in her boss’ corner.

Jo Ann Ross, the company’s ad sales chief and a 25-year CBS sales veteran, released a statement on Twitter last night in support of Moonves:

“I fully support Leslie Moonves and the statement he made.

My experience with him on a professional and personal basis has never had any hint of the behavior this story refers to.

Leslie has always been an advocate and mentor to me, showing me the deepest respect at all times.

In fact, Leslie has been my ‘go to’ through any challenges.

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Paul Mize 2017-07-20
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Sara Moonves, who has worked in recent years for American Vogue as a contributing fashion editor and previously held the title of senior fashion director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, is adding another top-of-class fashion magazine to her resume.

Beginning Sept. 1, she will be the new style director at W magazine.

“I am delighted to welcome Katie and Sara to W, and to announce Rickie’s well-deserved promotion,” said editor in chief Stefano Tonchi.

“These appointments will renew our mission of disruption and discovery, and reinforce W’s role as an incubator for some of the best talent across the company and in the industry at large.”

Tonchi is referring here also to Katie Grand and Rickie De Sole.

Grand, the founder and editor in chief of Love magazine, is joining W immediately as contributing fashion creative director, while De Sole, W’s fashion market and accessories director, has been promoted to fashion director.

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Thomas Crain 2018-08-02
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The CBS board has hired two separate law firms to investigate the sexual harassment allegations against CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves in last Friday’s New Yorker story.

Meanwhile, Moonves is still scheduled to participate in his company’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday afternoon.

In a statement on Wednesday night, the board said it had met that afternoon and “unanimously approved the retention of Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton to conduct a full investigation of the allegations in recent press reports about Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News and cultural issues at all levels of CBS.”

Covington & Buring’s investigation will be led by Nancy Kestenbaum, and Mary Jo White will head up the one for Debevoise & Plimpton.

Kestenbaum has previously led sexual misconduct investigations for Choate Rosemary Hall and The Brearley School, and represents the U.S. Olympic Committee in connection with sexual abuse issues.

White is a former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and “focuses on counseling boards of directors and representing clients on significant and sensitive matters, including companies facing crises involving multi-faceted government investigations and cases,” according to the bio on her website.

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Seth Logan 2016-12-05
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AT s DirecTV Now online streaming service is one of the best deals in the industry, but without CBS, it still feels incomplete.

Thankfully, the two corporations haven t given up on reaching a fair deal, as CBS CEO Les Moonves told attendees at the UBS Global Media and Communications conference on Monday.

I m assuming we ll be able to make a deal with them, Moonves said in response to a question about DirecTV Now, according to The Verge.

As they said in The Godfather, We are not unreasonable people here.'

CBS might not see its current offer to AT as unreasonable, but considering that rumors suggested CBS on DirecTV Now was a done deal weeks before launch, the mobile giant must have concerns about CBS s demands.

Nevertheless, if AT wants to compete with Sling, PlayStation Vue and the upcoming services from Hulu and YouTube, it needs to fill any holes in its lineup as quickly as possible.

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Melvin Bailey 2017-12-06
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Book your trip to that other dimension, the one "not only of sight and sound, but of mind."

Sci-fi anthology series "The Twilight Zone" is coming back.

In November, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves announced the classic show would be revived on CBS All Access, the network's subscription streaming service.

But at the time, CBS wouldn't confirm the rumors that "Get Out" filmmaker Jordan Peele would be involved.

On Wednesday the network confirmed Peele's involvement.

(Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.)

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Lillie Snow 2017-11-04

phalse phace writes: During CBS's Thursday evenings conference call for their 3rd quarter earnings, CEO Leslie Moonves revealed that CBS was planning to reboot the classic fantasy science-fiction television series "The Twilight Zone."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "the show hails from Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw banner, with Marco Ramirez set to pen the script and serve as showrunner."

This wouldn't be the first time CBS has brought the show back.

"The network revived the series in the 1980s that ran for three seasons and again in 2002 for a season on UPN with host Forest Whitaker.

The franchise has also been licensed to a new stage play set to premiere in December at the Almeida Theatre in London and run through January.

The original series won three Emmys during its 156-episode run and explored topics including humanity's hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices."

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Ronald Griffis 2017-11-02
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That's the signpost up ahead.

Next stop, "The Twilight Zone" reboot.

CBS is bringing the classic sci-fi anthology series back on CBS All Access, the network's subscription streaming service, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves announced during the company's earnings call Thursday.

(Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.)

Moonves didn't offer many details on the reboot, but sources told The Hollywood Reporter the show will come from "Get Out" filmmaker Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions, and that Marco Ramirez, executive producer of Netflix drama "The Defenders," will serve as showrunner.

CBS called the report "not confirmed and very premature."

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Keith Brewton 2018-05-14
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CBS is going hostile against parent company National Amusements by suing the company and its owners, Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari Redstone.

The network claims they breached their fiduciary duty to all shareholders.

The suit was filed by CBS and the Special Committee of its Board of Directors (led by chairman Leslie Moonves), which is considering a maneuver that would give individual CBS shareholders more say over the company.

They’ve planned a board meeting for Thursday.

As it stands, National Amusements has a 79 percent voting stake in CBS.

The change would dilute National Amusement’s interest to 17 percent.

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Reginald Carson 2018-01-26
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Viacom and CBS talked about potential plans to merge back in 2016, but those plans were ultimately scrapped.

That reportedly changed in recent days when the CEOs from both companies resumed talks on the matter, according to sources.

Should the two companies actually proceed with a merger, the combined resulting entity would be worth more than $37 billion.

The talks are happening between CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves and Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, according to sources speaking with Reuters.

These are described as “exploratory discussions” at this time, and as in 2016, they may not go anywhere.

However, the sources say both companies’ boards are scheduled to hold regular meetings over the upcoming weeks.

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William Figueroa 2018-09-11
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Snap Inc. Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan.

Snap's chief strategy chief Imran Khan is leaving, the company said Monday, becoming the latest executive to depart its top ranks.

And even though he leaves a big hole for founder and CEO Evan Spiegel to fill —advertising executives aren't particularly sorry to see Khan go.

But while he succeeded in charting the company's path to an IPO, insiders and outsiders apparently never saw him as an advertising guy.

Here's some CBS news post Moonves' resignation:

CBS reportedly dropped the ball on sexual misconduct allegations against Les Moonves because a bitter fight with its parent company led to years of mistrust.

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Joseph Wiles 2017-05-10
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p CBS has been promising a bundle of its two flagship streaming services, CBS All Access and Showtime, since last year.

And on last week’s earnings call, CEO Leslie Moonves announced a combined package would soon be available.

Starting now, consumers can sign up for CBS’s own take on the “skinny” bundle through either the cbs.com website or showtime.com, and opt to upgrade to the combined offering.

Those who already pay for either Showtime’s over-the-top service or the streaming service CBS All Access will see the option to add on the other service in their account’s Settings.

CBS All Access today goes for $5.99 per month, or $9.99 per month if you want to ditch the ads.

Showtime’s over-the-top option is $10.99 per month.

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Angela Skipper 2018-05-29
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National Amusements Inc. (NAI) has fired the next shot in a battle over control of CBS Corp.

NAI filed suit in Delaware Chancery court today accusing CBS Corp. CEO and chairman Leslie Moonves and most of the CBS board of “extraordinary, unjustified and unlawful actions.”

NAI is suing to invalidate the CBS Corp. board’s May 17 action, which sought to curb the voting control of NAI and its majority owners, Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari.

It all started May 14, when CBS sued NAI, claiming the company has too much control over CBS.

Redstone has acted to undermine CBS’s highly lauded and successful management team in a series of escalating attacks, including by talking to potential CEO replacements without Board approval and deriding executives,” the CBS suit claimed.

NAI currently has a 79 percent voting stake in CBS.

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Thomas Park 2018-09-11
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Former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who left the company after new allegations of sexual misconduct emerged this week, had a "reputation for a hair-trigger temper," according to The Wall Street Journal.

Moonves' former assistant had an office "mood dial" that turned bright red when he was angry as a warning to potential visitors to come back another day.

His temper made him "most vengeful vindictive man in a vengeful vindictive town," according to a former CBS programming executive.

Former CBS CEO Les Moonves left the company this week after six new allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him in a second bombshell report from The New Yorker.

Six women accused the executive of sexual assault or harassment, adding to the allegations that surfaced in a previous New Yorker story in July, which kickstarted a CBS investigation.

As Moonves' alleged sexual misconduct comes to light, more details about his past and temperament have also been uncovered.

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Leon Bailey 2018-08-02
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LA County prosecutors have declined to press charges against CBS CEO Les Moonves (pictured in September), stemming from an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman he worked with in the late 1980s.

The activist Twitter account Sleeping Giants is laying off CBS amidst the ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against CEO Les Moonves — for the time being.

The group is holding back and letting the investigation play out.

Previously, Sleeping Giants has publicly pressured brands to stop supporting Breitbart as well as several Fox News shows.

Activist social account Sleeping Giants isn't sleeping on CBS.

But when it comes to the ongoing string of claims regarding CEO Les Moonves' alleged behavior toward women, Sleeping Giants is taking a wait-and-see approach.

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Donald Koontz 2019-08-13

In a widely anticipated move, CBS and Viacom have agreed to reunite.

The two media giants split back in 2006, although the Redstone family maintained control through National Amusements, a privately held holding company.

Now they’re coming back together in an all-stock merger, creating a new entity with the straightforward-but-ungainly name ViacomCBS.

The move is, in some ways, a concession to a turbulent media environment driving large-scale M, with AT buying Time Warner and Disney acquiring most of Fox — both deals seen as consolidation in preparation for a streaming-centric future.

Similarly, once this deal is done, ViacomCBS is expected to make more acquisitions of its own.

It’s also a victory for Shari Redstone, who’s been pushing for the merger over the opposition of some CBS executives — when CBS CEO Leslie Moonves resigned last year in a scandal over sexual harassment allegations, he also paved the way for this merger.

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Gaston Alexander 2017-08-08
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CBS's decision to stream Star Trek: Discovery on its new streaming services, rather than airing the whole thing on traditional TV, hasn't gone down particularly well with fans.

Would you want to pay $6/£4.60 a month to stream Star Trek?

Well you might have to make that decision in future, because CBS has announced it's bringing CBS All Access to countries other than the US.

Thanks to the services growth in the US being better than expected, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has announced that the networks streaming service will be spreading to other countries across the world.

Currently the service features 8,500 episodes of catch-up material, featuring the network's best known programming like The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, CSI, and more.

Naturally the network has been attempting to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu by producing its own original streaming content.

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Eric Calvillo 2018-07-28
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Hours after the New Yorker published its explosive story in which six women accused CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves of sexual harassment and intimidation, one of CBS’ top female execs said that she was “fully” in her boss’ corner.

Jo Ann Ross, the company’s ad sales chief and a 25-year CBS sales veteran, released a statement on Twitter last night in support of Moonves:

“I fully support Leslie Moonves and the statement he made.

My experience with him on a professional and personal basis has never had any hint of the behavior this story refers to.

Leslie has always been an advocate and mentor to me, showing me the deepest respect at all times.

In fact, Leslie has been my ‘go to’ through any challenges.

Thomas Crain 2018-08-02
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The CBS board has hired two separate law firms to investigate the sexual harassment allegations against CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves in last Friday’s New Yorker story.

Meanwhile, Moonves is still scheduled to participate in his company’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday afternoon.

In a statement on Wednesday night, the board said it had met that afternoon and “unanimously approved the retention of Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton to conduct a full investigation of the allegations in recent press reports about Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News and cultural issues at all levels of CBS.”

Covington & Buring’s investigation will be led by Nancy Kestenbaum, and Mary Jo White will head up the one for Debevoise & Plimpton.

Kestenbaum has previously led sexual misconduct investigations for Choate Rosemary Hall and The Brearley School, and represents the U.S. Olympic Committee in connection with sexual abuse issues.

White is a former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and “focuses on counseling boards of directors and representing clients on significant and sensitive matters, including companies facing crises involving multi-faceted government investigations and cases,” according to the bio on her website.

Melvin Bailey 2017-12-06
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Book your trip to that other dimension, the one "not only of sight and sound, but of mind."

Sci-fi anthology series "The Twilight Zone" is coming back.

In November, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves announced the classic show would be revived on CBS All Access, the network's subscription streaming service.

But at the time, CBS wouldn't confirm the rumors that "Get Out" filmmaker Jordan Peele would be involved.

On Wednesday the network confirmed Peele's involvement.

(Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.)

Ronald Griffis 2017-11-02
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That's the signpost up ahead.

Next stop, "The Twilight Zone" reboot.

CBS is bringing the classic sci-fi anthology series back on CBS All Access, the network's subscription streaming service, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves announced during the company's earnings call Thursday.

(Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.)

Moonves didn't offer many details on the reboot, but sources told The Hollywood Reporter the show will come from "Get Out" filmmaker Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions, and that Marco Ramirez, executive producer of Netflix drama "The Defenders," will serve as showrunner.

CBS called the report "not confirmed and very premature."

Reginald Carson 2018-01-26
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Viacom and CBS talked about potential plans to merge back in 2016, but those plans were ultimately scrapped.

That reportedly changed in recent days when the CEOs from both companies resumed talks on the matter, according to sources.

Should the two companies actually proceed with a merger, the combined resulting entity would be worth more than $37 billion.

The talks are happening between CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves and Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, according to sources speaking with Reuters.

These are described as “exploratory discussions” at this time, and as in 2016, they may not go anywhere.

However, the sources say both companies’ boards are scheduled to hold regular meetings over the upcoming weeks.

Joseph Wiles 2017-05-10
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p CBS has been promising a bundle of its two flagship streaming services, CBS All Access and Showtime, since last year.

And on last week’s earnings call, CEO Leslie Moonves announced a combined package would soon be available.

Starting now, consumers can sign up for CBS’s own take on the “skinny” bundle through either the cbs.com website or showtime.com, and opt to upgrade to the combined offering.

Those who already pay for either Showtime’s over-the-top service or the streaming service CBS All Access will see the option to add on the other service in their account’s Settings.

CBS All Access today goes for $5.99 per month, or $9.99 per month if you want to ditch the ads.

Showtime’s over-the-top option is $10.99 per month.

Thomas Park 2018-09-11
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Former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who left the company after new allegations of sexual misconduct emerged this week, had a "reputation for a hair-trigger temper," according to The Wall Street Journal.

Moonves' former assistant had an office "mood dial" that turned bright red when he was angry as a warning to potential visitors to come back another day.

His temper made him "most vengeful vindictive man in a vengeful vindictive town," according to a former CBS programming executive.

Former CBS CEO Les Moonves left the company this week after six new allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him in a second bombshell report from The New Yorker.

Six women accused the executive of sexual assault or harassment, adding to the allegations that surfaced in a previous New Yorker story in July, which kickstarted a CBS investigation.

As Moonves' alleged sexual misconduct comes to light, more details about his past and temperament have also been uncovered.

Donald Koontz 2019-08-13

In a widely anticipated move, CBS and Viacom have agreed to reunite.

The two media giants split back in 2006, although the Redstone family maintained control through National Amusements, a privately held holding company.

Now they’re coming back together in an all-stock merger, creating a new entity with the straightforward-but-ungainly name ViacomCBS.

The move is, in some ways, a concession to a turbulent media environment driving large-scale M, with AT buying Time Warner and Disney acquiring most of Fox — both deals seen as consolidation in preparation for a streaming-centric future.

Similarly, once this deal is done, ViacomCBS is expected to make more acquisitions of its own.

It’s also a victory for Shari Redstone, who’s been pushing for the merger over the opposition of some CBS executives — when CBS CEO Leslie Moonves resigned last year in a scandal over sexual harassment allegations, he also paved the way for this merger.

Paul Mize 2017-07-20
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Sara Moonves, who has worked in recent years for American Vogue as a contributing fashion editor and previously held the title of senior fashion director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, is adding another top-of-class fashion magazine to her resume.

Beginning Sept. 1, she will be the new style director at W magazine.

“I am delighted to welcome Katie and Sara to W, and to announce Rickie’s well-deserved promotion,” said editor in chief Stefano Tonchi.

“These appointments will renew our mission of disruption and discovery, and reinforce W’s role as an incubator for some of the best talent across the company and in the industry at large.”

Tonchi is referring here also to Katie Grand and Rickie De Sole.

Grand, the founder and editor in chief of Love magazine, is joining W immediately as contributing fashion creative director, while De Sole, W’s fashion market and accessories director, has been promoted to fashion director.

Seth Logan 2016-12-05
img

AT s DirecTV Now online streaming service is one of the best deals in the industry, but without CBS, it still feels incomplete.

Thankfully, the two corporations haven t given up on reaching a fair deal, as CBS CEO Les Moonves told attendees at the UBS Global Media and Communications conference on Monday.

I m assuming we ll be able to make a deal with them, Moonves said in response to a question about DirecTV Now, according to The Verge.

As they said in The Godfather, We are not unreasonable people here.'

CBS might not see its current offer to AT as unreasonable, but considering that rumors suggested CBS on DirecTV Now was a done deal weeks before launch, the mobile giant must have concerns about CBS s demands.

Nevertheless, if AT wants to compete with Sling, PlayStation Vue and the upcoming services from Hulu and YouTube, it needs to fill any holes in its lineup as quickly as possible.

Lillie Snow 2017-11-04

phalse phace writes: During CBS's Thursday evenings conference call for their 3rd quarter earnings, CEO Leslie Moonves revealed that CBS was planning to reboot the classic fantasy science-fiction television series "The Twilight Zone."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, "the show hails from Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw banner, with Marco Ramirez set to pen the script and serve as showrunner."

This wouldn't be the first time CBS has brought the show back.

"The network revived the series in the 1980s that ran for three seasons and again in 2002 for a season on UPN with host Forest Whitaker.

The franchise has also been licensed to a new stage play set to premiere in December at the Almeida Theatre in London and run through January.

The original series won three Emmys during its 156-episode run and explored topics including humanity's hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices."

Keith Brewton 2018-05-14
img

CBS is going hostile against parent company National Amusements by suing the company and its owners, Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari Redstone.

The network claims they breached their fiduciary duty to all shareholders.

The suit was filed by CBS and the Special Committee of its Board of Directors (led by chairman Leslie Moonves), which is considering a maneuver that would give individual CBS shareholders more say over the company.

They’ve planned a board meeting for Thursday.

As it stands, National Amusements has a 79 percent voting stake in CBS.

The change would dilute National Amusement’s interest to 17 percent.

William Figueroa 2018-09-11
img

Snap Inc. Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan.

Snap's chief strategy chief Imran Khan is leaving, the company said Monday, becoming the latest executive to depart its top ranks.

And even though he leaves a big hole for founder and CEO Evan Spiegel to fill —advertising executives aren't particularly sorry to see Khan go.

But while he succeeded in charting the company's path to an IPO, insiders and outsiders apparently never saw him as an advertising guy.

Here's some CBS news post Moonves' resignation:

CBS reportedly dropped the ball on sexual misconduct allegations against Les Moonves because a bitter fight with its parent company led to years of mistrust.

Angela Skipper 2018-05-29
img

National Amusements Inc. (NAI) has fired the next shot in a battle over control of CBS Corp.

NAI filed suit in Delaware Chancery court today accusing CBS Corp. CEO and chairman Leslie Moonves and most of the CBS board of “extraordinary, unjustified and unlawful actions.”

NAI is suing to invalidate the CBS Corp. board’s May 17 action, which sought to curb the voting control of NAI and its majority owners, Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari.

It all started May 14, when CBS sued NAI, claiming the company has too much control over CBS.

Redstone has acted to undermine CBS’s highly lauded and successful management team in a series of escalating attacks, including by talking to potential CEO replacements without Board approval and deriding executives,” the CBS suit claimed.

NAI currently has a 79 percent voting stake in CBS.

Leon Bailey 2018-08-02
img

LA County prosecutors have declined to press charges against CBS CEO Les Moonves (pictured in September), stemming from an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman he worked with in the late 1980s.

The activist Twitter account Sleeping Giants is laying off CBS amidst the ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against CEO Les Moonves — for the time being.

The group is holding back and letting the investigation play out.

Previously, Sleeping Giants has publicly pressured brands to stop supporting Breitbart as well as several Fox News shows.

Activist social account Sleeping Giants isn't sleeping on CBS.

But when it comes to the ongoing string of claims regarding CEO Les Moonves' alleged behavior toward women, Sleeping Giants is taking a wait-and-see approach.

Gaston Alexander 2017-08-08
img

CBS's decision to stream Star Trek: Discovery on its new streaming services, rather than airing the whole thing on traditional TV, hasn't gone down particularly well with fans.

Would you want to pay $6/£4.60 a month to stream Star Trek?

Well you might have to make that decision in future, because CBS has announced it's bringing CBS All Access to countries other than the US.

Thanks to the services growth in the US being better than expected, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has announced that the networks streaming service will be spreading to other countries across the world.

Currently the service features 8,500 episodes of catch-up material, featuring the network's best known programming like The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, CSI, and more.

Naturally the network has been attempting to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu by producing its own original streaming content.