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Leslie Moonves

Leslie Moonves is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. In this role, he oversees all operations of the company, including the ... More »Leslie Moonves is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. In this role, 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 Paramount Network Television, CBS Television Distribution Group, Showtime, CBS Radio, CBS Records, CBS Outdoor, Simon ” the king of reality series, “Survivor”; and hit series such as “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The King of Queens,” “CSI: Miami,” “Without A Trace,” “Cold Case,” “CSI: NY” and the Emmy Award-winning reality series “The Amazing Race.” It was during this time CBS became America’s most watched television network, going from last to first during Moonves’ leadership. He joined CBS from Warner Bros. Television, where as President, he oversaw a television division that supplied the greatest number of programs to network television for nine consecutive years, culminating in a record-setting 22 series (including “ER,” “Friends” and “The Drew Carey Show”) on the 1995-96 network schedules. He had been President of Warner Bros. Television since July 1993, when Warner Bros. and Lorimar Television combined operations. From 1989 to 1993, he had been President of Lorimar Television. He joined the company in 1985 as executive in charge of its movies and mini-series, and became head of creative affairs in 1988. Earlier in his career, Moonves was Vice President of movies and mini-series for Twentieth Century Fox Television, where he was also in charge of first-run syndication and pay/cable programming. He had previously been Vice President, development, for Saul Ilson Productions (in association with Columbia Pictures Television) and a development executive for Catalina Productions. Upon graduation from Bucknell University, Moonves pursued an acting career at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse, studying under the renowned Sanford Meisner. He performed in numerous stage and television productions before opting to produce plays on Broadway and in Los Angeles. Moonves is a member of the NCAA Advisory Board, the board of directors of the Los Angeles Free Clinic and the board of trustees of the Entertainment Industries Council. He is a trustee of the National Council for Families and Television and of the American Film Institute and is past president of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. He is also co-chair of the Los Angeles Board of Governors of The Paley Center for Media. In March 2003, Moonves was honored by the International Radio and Television Society as the recipient of the Gold Medal Award, one of most prestigious honors in media and entertainment. Since joining CBS, Moonves has also been named Variety’s Showman of the Year and Entertainment Weekly’s Most Powerful Man in Hollywood and received the Casting Society of America’s Career Achievement Award. He is also a past recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s Sherrill Corwin Award, given to outstanding leaders in the entertainment and communications industry.

NBC Expects to Strike Gold in a Late-Night Renaissance Led by Fallon

Mr. Burke’s counterpart at CBS, Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive of the CBS Corporation, is known for making annual predictions that his network will achieve the largest growth in cpms among the four biggest broadcasters; Mr. Moonves made that forecast for 2014-15 at ...

CBS’s Moonves Says Woman Would Be ‘Great’ as ‘Late Late’ Host

“12:30 is up in the air,” Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corp., said yesterday in an interview, referring to the early-morning time slot. “Obviously, we’re considering all sorts of candidates and women are among them. A woman would be great in late night.” A female host ...

CBS’ Les Moonves On ‘Late Show’: We Haven’t Made A Decision On Where Show Will Be

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — After Thursday’s announcement that Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as host of “The Late Show,” CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves said the network hasn’t solidified future plans for the show’s location. Mayor Eric Garcetti penned a letter to ...

Colbert to Succeed Letterman on ‘Late Show’

Mr. Colbert will sign on for a five-year term as the new “Late Show” host, according to the announcement from Leslie Moonves, the president and chief operating officer of CBS, and Nina Tassler, the chairwoman of CBS’s entertainment division. CBS moved quickly to name a successor to Mr. ...

Echoes of Betamax as Supreme Court hears Aereo TV case

Leslie Moonves, President & CEO of CBS, shares his thoughts on the pending Supreme Court decision on Aereo. It's nothing i lose sleep over. We're going to win either way, says Moonves. Whether or not Aereo, which charges users a fee to watch broadcast TV channels online, benefits ...

Leslie Moonves' Salary: Does it Make Sense?

All the numbers have yet to be crunched, but one thing is certain: CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves' $66.9 million compensation in 2013 will make him the best-paid CEO in American media and put him among the world's highest-paid executives in any industry. By comparison...

'The real' Stephen Colbert sprints to late-night TV

Even by showbiz standards, the deal moved with lightning speed: Six days after David Letterman told CBS he plans to pack it up next year, the network's CEO, Leslie Moonves, had a replacement lined up, following a frantic round of calls at the Final Four. Comedy Central star Stephen ...

How The New 'Late Night With Stephen Colbert' Came To Be

” CBS Corp chairman Leslie Moonves said it’s unclear how the CBS late-night show will be configured with Colbert as host; in an interview with Deadline today he expressed no concern about the fictitious character his new late-night star has been playing on the comedy network since 2005. ...

Was that a compliment Jay? Leno breaks his silence on Letterman's successor saying 'I don't know a l...

... on Thursday's show commented on the announcement, with Johnny Depp telling Letterman: 'You have a lot of weepers back there' During the taping, Letterman announced he had informed CBS Corporation's president Leslie Moonves that he will step down as host in 2015, when his current contract expires...

THR Celebrates NY Media's Most Powerful at Four Seasons

Anna Wintour, Megyn Kelly and Leslie Moonves are among the power players on the scene. Honorees such as Conde Naste's Anna Wintour, Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly and CBS News' Gayle King have hit the party, as have CBS' Leslie Moonves and Alec Baldwin. Follow ...

Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Sued Layoffs at AJAM Turner’s Koonin Exits for NBA

CBS Corp. prexy-CEO Leslie Moonves took home a whopping $66.9 million in 2013, according to the company’s SEC proxy filing on Friday. CBS Corp. chairman Sumner Redstone saw a windfall of $57.1 million, an 83 percent increase from the $31.2 million he received in 2012. Moonves’ ...

Night moves Comedy Central comedian to replace iconic CBS host

"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," said CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves in a written statement announcing the forthcoming change, according to the Reuters international news service. "David Letterman's legacy and accomplishments are an ...

CBS' Leslie Moonves paid $67 million in 2013; Redstone gets $57 million

CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves remains the king of media compensation. The 64-year-old television executive and Beverly Hills resident was awarded a $66.9-million compensation package last year, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday. That was up ...

Stephen Colbert to CBS. 'Rio 2' will fly high. Down upfront?

CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves has a new beach house. According to the New York Post, Moonves has shelled out about $30 million for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Malibu Beach house. If true, I'm free most weekends Mr. Moonves. Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy ...

'Captain America' soars past 'Rio 2.' Turner's Koonin heads to Hawks.

Also, a profile of new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and a look at CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves ' big payday. Daily Dose: More back-and-forth between the Dodgers and DirecTV, this time over whether the satellite broadcaster is being selective in offering the feed of the team-owned ...

CBS will be romanced by Los Angeles and New York for 'Late Show'

" (EPA / April 10, 2014) This is not the time for CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves or Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler to go on a diet. That's because New York City and Los Angeles are going to be wooing them to be the home of Stephen Colbert's new late-night show, and that will ...

Stephen Colbert's exit will leave huge gap at Comedy Central

CBS played its cards close to the vest, in large part because of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves ' respect for Letterman. Moonves and others at CBS, including CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler, also were slightly horrified by the messy late-night transitions at NBC and ...

CBS’s Moonves trails Oracle’s Ellison as highest paid CEO

CBS paid chief executive Leslie Moonves $66.9 million in 2013, part of a package that rises to almost $200 million in three years, though last year’s payout trailed that of Oracle’s CEO, Larry Ellison. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers. © Copyright 2014 Globe Newspaper Company...

CBS Corporation (CBS) news: Mooves, Redstone enjoy bumper pay packets at CBS

CBS ( CBS ) CEO Leslie Moonves received a 7.7% increase in his compensation to $66.9M in 2013, taking his total pay over three years to almost $200M. Moonves latest package included a basic salary of $3.51M, a bonus of $28.5M, stock awards of $26.5M and options of $5.85M. Sumner ...

CBS Picks Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman. How Will the Late Night Landscape Change? (CB...

"I look forward to speaking with you about the possibility of bringing the successor to Mr. Letterman's show to Los Angeles," L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves. "What better place for The Late Show than The City That Never Sleeps," City Council Speaker Melissa ...

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