Leslie Moonves
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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.

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 ...

Will the real Stanley Bing please stand up?

First, the book world's worst kept secret: It is now "common knowledge," which means it has been reported in social media, that Bing's real identity is that of CBS executive Gil Schwartz, a close consigliere to the most powerful man in media, CBS boss Leslie Moonves. Most people in the ...

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...

Replace Letterman With Colbert Before It's Too 'Late'

Since CBS chief Leslie Moonves announced the succession two weeks ago, the decision to put Colbert at the “Late Show” helm has faced criticism, most notably from such pundits as Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly. Limbaugh went as far as to say that in choosing Colbert, CBS “had declared ...

David Letterman Welcomes 'Boob' Stephen Colbert With Selfie

"The man who owns this network, Leslie Moonves, he and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance," Letterman said upon ...

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’ ...

Executive Pay: Invasion of the Supersalaries

The CBS chief executive, Leslie Moonves, made more than $65 million in 2013, according to the filings. In June, results of an additional survey, including companies that file through the end of May, will appear in Sunday Business. ) Wall Street executives are still royally rewarded, but ...

Colbert 'Thrilled' To Get Letterman's TV Job

When the new appointment was announced, CBS president Leslie Moonves said: "Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. "David Letterman's legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks ...

ABC v. Aereo: Will the Supreme Court change the way we watch TV?

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has said the company could compete directly with Aereo by streaming its own content online. Last year, Fox executive Chase Carey warned his network would pull shows like "The Simpsons" and "Glee" off the public airwaves all together and move its content to cable. ...

Aereo's Supreme Court Showdown Won't End TV as We Know It

“If the government wants to give them permission to steal our signal, then we will come up with some other way to get them our content and still get paid for it,” said CBS ( CBS ) Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves at a conference last month. There could be some serious political ...

Barry Diller Aereo

Some network executives like CBS CEO Leslie Moonves have threatened to take their programming to cable and satellite only if they lose the case against Aereo. But in an interview with Business Insider in March, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said if the networks make good on their threats...

The Colbert (tax) Report

CBS chief Leslie Moonves sure seems to be fishing, coyly noting CBS is “still determining the locale” and that he’s hearing from mayors “in a lot of different places.” Those pitching for a move include the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and two state lawmakers who suggest they’re ...

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’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 ...

Colbert To Guest On 'Late Show With David Letterman' April 22

The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. Pictured left to right: Stephen Colbe | CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert will be ...

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