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Leslie Moonves

  1. backstories
    Adam Targum Fired at NCIS: New Orleans, Where Morale Problems Still Linger“If a guy like this is put into a room with staff that’s been through a lot of trauma in the past two years, there are going to be problems.”
  2. sexual harassment
    CBS Subpoenaed in New York in Les Moonves Sexual Misconduct InvestigationThe New York County District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Commission on Human Rights are looking into allegations made against him.
  3. cbs
    Les Moonves Might Still Get a $120 Million Payout From CBSUnless CBS determines the disgraced exec can be fired for cause.
  4. the industry
    Les Moonves Issues Statement Denying ‘Untrue Allegations’ After CBS ExitThe CBS CEO resigned Sunday after the release of a New Yorker report detailing more sexual harassment and assault claims against him.
  5. the industry
    How Will Les Moonves’ Exit Affect CBS?His fall after three decades in the showbiz stratosphere is unquestionably a milestone moment. But will it make much of a difference?
  6. tca 2018
    Top CBS Exec Defends ‘Welcoming and Safe Culture’ Despite Moonves AllegationsThe head of CBS Entertainment says they’re committed to a “collaborative, inclusive and safe workplace.”
  7. metoo
    Brad Kern and the House That Moonves Built at CBS“When he [Brad Kern] was not fired… it seemed to me that Les must be enabling this kind of behavior.”
  8. the industry
    Will Les Moonves Hang On to His Job?And what happens to CBS if he doesn’t?
  9. the industry
    Leslie Moonves Replaces Longtime Boss Sumner Redstone As CBS ChairmanThe most powerful man in television just got a little more powerful. 
  10. Leslie Moonves on 20 Years at CBS“We do terrific shows … For CBS to adapt? That’s totally the wrong word.”
  11. upfronts 2013
    Why the Upfronts Are Still Important (But Probably Won’t Be Forever)There’s a reason the networks spend so much on shrimp and Stoli every spring, and it’s not that they like to party.
  12. bons mots
    ‘The Katie Couric Deal Will Be the Last Big Deal of That Kind Ever Done’That’s what Les Moonves says.
  13. fashion's war out
    Filming the Fashion’s Night Out Documentary Is ‘Like Going to War’Fashion shows and shopping events are dangerous, you know.
  14. t watch
    Sally Singer Poaches Vogue Staffers for TIncluding Danielle Steele and Leslie Moonves’s daughters.
  15. katie couric
    Couric’s Future Questioned at CBSThe anchorwoman experiment may be drawing to a close.
  16. cable news news
    CBS News and CNN Are Back in Partnership NegotiationsThe two TV news divisions have been talking about combining operations for a couple of months now.
  17. white men with money
    So What Did the Big Media Executives Rake in Last Year?A lot, as it turns out.
  18. the 3-d revolution
    Moonves Claims 3-D TV Hasn’t ‘Knocked Him Out’ YetCBS prez doesn’t think it’s “economically viable” in near term.
  19. April Fools: Les Moonves Replaces Big Bang Theory With Two and a Half WomenCBS prez Les Moonves took this advantage of this April Fools’ Day to make the surprise announcement of his network’s fake fall schedule.
  20. media metamorphoses
    The Question at the UBS Media Conference: Is Content Still King?That’s what the media moguls have been saying, but is that still the answer?
  21. tv
    So, Did CSI: Miami End Up Beating Jay Leno by ‘a Lot’?In a word, yes.
  22. managing for margins
    CBS Wins 2008–2009 TV Ratings Race, While NBC Places FourthGood thing Ben Silverman is “managing for margins and not for ratings.”
  23. upfronts
    NBC Upfronts: Ben Silverman Declares War on Repeats, Makes Peace With ObamaPerhaps most surprising of all, he restrained himself from going off on Nikki Finke!
  24. decisions decisions decisions
    What Does the Future Hold for Showtime?The network just passed on four high-profile pilots they ordered, leaving them in a development hole.
  25. beef
    Sumner Redstone Doesn’t Fear Jay Leno, Not One BitSumner may be ancient, but he’s still as feisty as a 70-year-old.
  26. drama
    CBS Warns Its Stars That If They Take a Pay Raise, Their Co-Stars Are ToastWe’re holding out for a hero!
  27. beef
    Les Moonves Has Got David Caruso’s BackCan Leno at 10 p.m. top CSI? Ain’t no way!
  28. Power Lunch
    If Bruni Didn’t See Celebs at Michael’s, What’s Up With theBruni didn’t see any heavy hitters when he was there, but the photos that ran with his review depicted plenty of them.
  29. company town
    Right Now, Sean Avery Is Getting Anna Wintour StarbucksThe injured Ranger begins his tour of duty at ‘Vogue,’ Carl Icahn’s battle with Yahoo heats up, and Donald Trump is in another fight … in today’s roundup of media, finance, real-estate and law news.
  30. company town
    If Murdoch Really Hires a New ‘WSJ’ Managing Editor, Who Will It Be?Citigroup’s ban on fruit, ice-cream-truck wars, praise for Frank Gehry, and more in our daily industry roundup.
  31. company town
    Eliot Spitzer Saga to Be Made Into Enron-Style BookAlso in our daily industry roundup: No recession! High-end boutiques on the LES! And law professors suing students!
  32. in other news
    ‘CBS Evening News’ Sinks to New DepthsCouric & Co. have their worst ratings yet.
  33. company town
    Les Moonves Has Bigger Fish to Fry Than Katie CouricHe’s got to deal with Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, who the ‘Post’ says is out for Moonves’s neck.
  34. gossipmonger
    Lydia Hearst to Appear on ‘Gossip Girl,’ Where She’s Always BelongedAlso, Lindsay Lohan called Samantha Ronson her “girlfriend,” James Frey will appear at Sotheby’s, and Bethenny Frankel is pissing off Bravo!
  35. in other news
    Les Moonves Comes Out for KatieBut we don’t think he did it aggressively enough. Where’s that fighting spirit?
  36. in other news
    The Couric Countdown Has Already BegunAs we learn more about the meetings and discussions behind yesterday’s report that Couric may leave CBS in 2009, it seems like she’s already planning life after the evening news.
  37. loose threads
    ASME Snubs Fashion Mags; Acne Jeans Opens in SohoVogue gets no noms for the National Magazine Awards, Acne Jeans opens its first New York store today, and Simon Doonan’s autobiography gets picked up for development as a television series.
  38. intel
    Anchor Dan Rather Left Out of ‘48 Hours’ Twentieth-Anniversary PartyEverybody who is anybody in television news — with one glaring omission — showed up for last week’s twentieth-anniversary blowout for 48 Hours, which, after 60 Minutes, is CBS News’ most durable magazine program. On hand for the party in the twentieth-floor lounge at 230 Fifth Avenue were CBS chairman Leslie Moonves, CBS News president Sean McManus, 48 Hours executive producer Susan Zirinsky, former CBS president Sir Howard Stringer, and former news president Andrew Heyward. Missing was Dan Rather. The original anchor of 48 Hours — who, along with Stringer, got the show off the ground in 1986 with a highly rated pilot, “48 Hours on Crack Street,” and pushed the network suits to put it on the weekly schedule — wasn’t invited. In an awkward phone call before the celebration, Zirinsky explained to Rather that he couldn’t come under the circumstances.
  39. party lines
    Fox Business Network: The Victory PartyLast night’s launch party for Fox Business Network had so many media and business moguls, you couldn’t throw a canapé without mussing up the rug of some very important dude. Seriously, our throats were burning from inhaling the perfume of wealth and success. In one corner of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur, Liz Smith chatted with Mel Brooks and Harvey Weinstein. (Apparently, Harvey loves the channel. “I love Roger Ailes,” he said, though he would not tell us what he liked the best or whether he ate Money for Breakfast.) In another corner, Oscar and Annette de la Renta greeted Regis and Joy Philbin. And kingly in the middle of it all, like a pair of samurai and their husbands, were Rupert Murdoch, Les Moonves, Julie Chen, and Rupert’s wife, Wendi Deng. “Wendi, we love your bracelets!” we cried in unison, suddenly morphing into Blair’s sidekicks in Gossip Girl. “They were only twenty dollars,” she exclaimed. Wow, we thought. Wendi is so down-to-earth! “But this wasn’t,” she laugh-cackled, flashing us her index finger, which was adorned with what looked to be the actual Hope Diamond.
  40. company town
    Who’s the Real Heir to Sandy Weill?FINANCE • Citigroup’s Chuck Prince and Chase’s Jamie Dimon are battling it out to see who’s the real heir to Sandy Weill. With Citi crashing and Chase eking out a gain despite the credit crunch, it looks like Dimon, long prodigal, may be the true son. [Deal Journal/WSJ] • Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson warned that we may see as many as one million home foreclosures before the end of the year. [NYT] • Want to be a hedger and a do-gooder, work a trading floor and enjoy the peace of mind of a nonprofit? Join the World Bank like former Goldman exec Robert Zoellick, and you can manage $55 billion in assets. [NYT]
  41. in other news
    Dan Rather: But I Don’t Hate Katie! (Just Les.) Dan Rather insists it’s not about Katie Couric — it’s about Edward R. Murrow. After Les Moonves decried the ex–CBS anchor’s indictment of Katie-era CBS (specifically, his use of the words “dumbing it down” and “tarting it up”) as “sexist” yesterday, Rather issued a clarification through his new employer, HDNet. As nobody gets HDNet, here’s what he said: “This is not about Katie Couric. Never has been … This is not about gender, this is about leadership at the very top of CBS. Les Moonves talked about ‘blowing up’ CBS News and [de-emphasizing] the landmark journalistic work of Edward R. Murrow.” And so, in one fell swoop, Rather’s comment turned from beating up on a newbie to standing up for a mentor. Neat trick, if it works. More From Rather [TV Newser]
  42. gossipmonger
    De Niro and Bowie, Kushner and Trump, Wenner and Nye Make NiceRobert De Niro and David Bowie were cordial at Vanity Fair’s party for the Tribeca Film Festival, despite reports that De Niro is mad that Bowie’s High Line Festival comes right after Tribeca. Also at the party: “Friends” Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump (as we told you yesterday). And Jann Wenner, with cuckolded boyfriend Matt Nye. Amy Sacco will open a hotel in the financial district. CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Lesley Stahl may have been behind a hit piece on Katie Couric in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Speaking of Couric, her cell phone ringtone is the Pussycat Dolls’s “Don’t Cha.” Bill Clinton is going to a party at Gabriel Byrne’s house to fundraise for Hillary. Les Moonves went to go see his son’s rock band play at the Plumm.
  43. gossipmonger
    Saddam Lives?An agent claims to have forensic evidence and government documents that allege Saddam Hussein is still alive and well. Former CBS News reporter turned professional CBS basher Bernard Goldberg takes shots at Les Moonves and Katie Couric in his newest book. The relationship between 77-year-old Barbara Walters and 80-year-old Robert N. Butler is heating up. Arianna Huffington broke her cheekbone and got stitches after fainting in her office from exhaustion. Taxi tycoon Andrew Murstein bought a suite at Madison Square Garden for $500,000. The man accused of shaking down Oprah Winfrey claims he was set up by her lawyer, according to Radar. Exes Tom Arnold and Roseanne Barr continue to dislike each another.