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Viacom, CBS not in active merger discussions: sources

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc and CBS Corp are not in active merger discussions, although controlling shareholder Shari Redstone has had exploratory conversations with CBS directors about recombining the companies, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Friday......»»

Category: topSource: reutersJan 12th, 2018

Viacom, CBS Shares Rise After Report Suggests New Merger Talks Have Started

Shares of both Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp.  rose noticeably Friday after a new report suggested the two companies, both controlled by the Redstone family, could once again be considering the prospect of merging. A report in The Wrap suggested Shari Redstone, president of the family’s National Amusements movie-theater chain, had recently sparked new discussions […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJan 12th, 2018

Viacom Officially Resolves Leadership Dispute: Dauman Out, Thomas Dooley Interim President & CEO

Following unanimous approval by the Boards of Directors of Viacom and National Amusements Inc. of a settlement in the ongoing dispute over Viacom leadership, Philippe Dauman has stepped down as president and CEO of Viacom. Thomas Dooley, Viacom Chief Oper.....»»

Category: topSource: deadlineAug 21st, 2016

Regal Entertainment Group in Merger Talks With Cineworld (Report)

British movie chain Cineworld Group is in talks with U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group about a potential merger, according to a report published Tuesday. Reuters, citing unnamed sources, said Cineworld’s offer values Regal at around $23 per share. There is no certainty the discussions will lead to a deal, the sources added. Cineworld and Regal […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyNov 28th, 2017

Revival of CBS-Viacom Merger Talk Sows Tension Within Redstone Empire, Again

Chatter about Shari Redstone revving up an effort to recombine Viacom and CBS Corp. is sowing tension within both companies. CBS insiders were aghast at a report in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday citing Redstone’s concern about a lack of long-term strategic planning at the Eye and the level of independence among its board members. […].....»»

Category: topSource: variety1 hr. 41 min. ago

Hillary Clinton: "I Am Done With Being A Candidate"

Maybe it's not much of a surprise considering her age, but Hillary Clinton is done being a politician. The would-have-been President of the United States spoke to TV host Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning and confirmed that, yes, it's all over — at least as an active candidate. Related: Kellyanne Conway Is A Fan Of Hillary [...] Maybe it's not much of a surprise considering her age, but Hillary Clinton is done being a politician. The would-have-been President of the United States spoke to TV host Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning and confirmed that, yes, it's all over -- at least as an active candidate. Related: Kellyanne Conway Is A Fan Of Hillary Clinton?! On the morning talk show, Pauley jumped right into the question, asking Mrs. Clinton (below): "Is your political career over?" And without hesitating or hedging, Clinton responded: "Yes. As an active politician, it's over. I am done with being a candidate. But I am not done with politics, because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake." Of course, this all comes just days before her book, What Happened, is fully released, detailing exactly what went down during the 2016 presidential election. And while Clinton would have undoubtedly made a better President than Donald Trump, here we are... with Clinton now out of politics and Trump firmly fucking everything up from the Oval Office. Sigh. Related: Mike Pence Addresses Claims He's Running For President In 2020 At least Clinton did take one more good shot at Trump during the interview, saying later to Pauley (below): "We have a reality show that leads to the election of a president. He ends up in the Oval Office. He says, 'Boy, it's so much harder than I thought it would be. This is really tough. I had no idea.' Well, yeah, because it's not a show. It's real. It's reality for sure." Love it!! Would've loved to have had you as our leader, Mrs. Clinton... [Image via Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 10th, 2017

Defy Media Acquires Viacom Digital Game Assets

Digital media company Defy Media has acquired Viacom’s gaming digital properties Addicting Games, GameTrailers and Shockwave, while in return Viacom has taken a minority equity stake in Defy. Viacom and Defy, formed last year by the merger of Alloy Di.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 10th, 2017

Charlie Rose"s "CBS This Morning" Replacement Is John Dickerson

CBS journalist John Dickerson will officially be replacing Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning. He will join Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King on the morning show. “John’s impressive track record and strong all-around journalism extends our commitment to real news coverage every morning at CBS News,” David Rhodes, president of CBS News said (via People). [...] CBS journalist John Dickerson will officially be replacing Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning. He will join Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King on the morning show. “John’s impressive track record and strong all-around journalism extends our commitment to real news coverage every morning at CBS News,” David Rhodes, president of CBS News said (via People). “Gayle and Norah continue to show tremendous leadership on our morning broadcast each day. Colleagues, newsmakers and peers all appreciate the depth and context John Dickerson brings to every discussion of the day’s events – together with his co-hosts, he will project our best values on every broadcast.” John said, “On the campaign trail I’ve collected complements about CBS This Morning’s commitment to the news for years now. Every time I’ve been on the show I haven’t wanted the conversation with Norah and Gayle to end when my segment does. Now it doesn’t have to.” Charlie was fired after sexual harassment allegations......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredJan 9th, 2018

Three More Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Charlie Rose Have Been Made By CBS Employees

And the hits keep coming. Charlie Rose is facing three new sexual harassment complaints from CBS News employees, according to the CBS Corp. news organization. Related: Gayle King Gets Frank About Charlie Rose's Sexual Misconduct Allegations The network covered the allegations on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, saying the names of the complainants have not been identified (they [...] And the hits keep coming. Charlie Rose is facing three new sexual harassment complaints from CBS News employees, according to the CBS Corp. news organization. Related: Gayle King Gets Frank About Charlie Rose's Sexual Misconduct Allegations The network covered the allegations on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, saying the names of the complainants have not been identified (they spoke out on the condition of anonymity) and the company will continue to investigate the matter. Correspondent Bianna Golodryga said on CBS This Morning on Wednesday: "We learned about these cases not from the HR department, but from our own investigation into his behavior." Three CBS employees say Rose's unwanted sexual advances continued after 2011, later than previously reported, during his time at @CBSNews. We learned about these cases *not* from Human Resources department, but from our own investigation of his behavior. pic.twitter.com/5uVsBXnrao — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 22, 2017 We'll keep you posted if/when more details become available. [Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.].....»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzNov 22nd, 2017

John Dickerson named new "CBS This Morning" co-host - CBS News

CBS NewsJohn Dickerson named new "CBS This Morning" co-hostCBS NewsLast Updated Jan 9, 2018 11:52 AM EST. CBS News anchor John Dickerson has been named co-host of "CBS This Morning," joining Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell on the network's critically acclaimed and award-winning broadcast. It was announced Tuesday by ...John Dickerson Officially Named Charlie Rose's 'CBS This Morning' ReplacementDeadline'Face the Nation' host John Dickerson will replace Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning'USA TODAY'Face the Nation' anchor John Dickerson will replace Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning'Los Angeles TimesCNNMoney -PEOPLE.com -Boston Herald -Politicoall 44 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsJan 9th, 2018

Sumner Redstone Says He Opposes Sale Of Paramount Stake And Calls Claims He’s Incapacitated “False And Unfair”

UPDATE with Viacom statement: The new war between Viacom and CBS Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone — or, depending on whom you believe, the people around him — and Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman just became more intense. Redstone’s camp rel.....»»

Category: topSource: deadlineMay 23rd, 2016

Ralph Baruch, First Leader of Viacom, Dies at 92

Ralph Baruch, the CBS executive who led Viacom in its formative years when it launched Showtime and acquired MTV and Nickelodeon, has died. He was 92. The New York Times reported Baruch died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. Viacom was born out of what h.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMar 6th, 2016

Charleston "Active Shooter" Turns Into Hostage Situation In Packed Restaurant

Charleston police are currently involved in what's being called an "active shooter situation." According to local paper The Post And Courier, the gunman shot and wounded at least one person and still has hostages after taking over a downtown restaurant with a gun. Mayor John Tecklenburg says the situation is "not an act of terrorism": "This was not [...] Charleston police are currently involved in what's being called an "active shooter situation." According to local paper The Post And Courier, the gunman shot and wounded at least one person and still has hostages after taking over a downtown restaurant with a gun. Mayor John Tecklenburg says the situation is "not an act of terrorism": "This was not a hate crime. This was a disgruntled employee." Local witnesses say an older man wearing a kitchen apron entered Virginia's brandishing a revolver and said: "I am the new king of Charleston." He then directed customers to the back, where they filed out of the restaurant then gave police their accounts. SWAT officers currently have the building surrounded. This an ongoing story, so check back for the latest. [Image via CNN.].....»»

Category: topSource: tmzAug 24th, 2017

AT&T, Time Warner Merger Review Reaches ‘Advanced Stage’ at Justice Department (Report)

The union of AT&T and Time Warner is looking more likely as talks on merger conditions between AT&T and Justice Department officials have reached an “advanced stage,” according to a report Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal reported that the discussions about conditions that would be required to secure federal approval of the... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietyAug 17th, 2017

Ann Curry Says She"s "Not Surprised" By Allegations Against Matt Lauer — Watch Her Full CBS This Morning Interview HERE!

Ann Curry is back on morning TV, and we couldn't be happier. On Wednesday, the journalist stopped by CBS This Morning to discuss her former co-anchor Matt Lauer, the #MeToo movement, and her new PBS show We'll Meet Again. Related: Ann Curry 'Isn't Relishing' In Matt Lauer's Scandal On Tuesday, the 61-year-old opened up to People about her [...] Ann Curry is back on morning TV, and we couldn't be happier. On Wednesday, the journalist stopped by CBS This Morning to discuss her former co-anchor Matt Lauer, the #MeToo movement, and her new PBS show We'll Meet Again. Related: Ann Curry 'Isn't Relishing' In Matt Lauer's Scandal On Tuesday, the 61-year-old opened up to People about her infamous 2012 exit from Today, which she says, "hurt like hell." Reportedly, she was axed due to her lack of chemistry with Lauer, who was eventually fired from NBC News in November 2017 for allegations of "inappropriate sexual behavior." In her first TV interview since leaving NBC in 2015, she told CBS that she was not "surprised by the allegations" against Lauer. In regards to the recent firings of Lauer and Charlie Rose, Ann noted: "We clearly are waking up to a reality and injustice that has been occurring for sometime. I think it will continue to occur until the glass ceiling is finally broken." Snap! Snap! When further pressed by Gayle King to address specific accusations she may've heard, Curry side stepped from answering in order to avoid hurting those involved. Curry added: "I'm trying not to hurt people. I know what it's like to be publicly humiliated, I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated, and I don't want to cause that kind of pain to someone else. But I can say, because you're asking me a very direct question... I can say that, I'd be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed. I think it'd be surprising if someone said they didn't see that." .@AnnCurry says she is "not surprised" about the allegations against former "TODAY" co-host Matt Lauer. #AnnCurryThisMorning pic.twitter.com/2nPl3By1tS — CBS This Morning ❄️ (@CBSThisMorning) January 17, 2018 Hmmm, sounds like someone is taking shots at her former Today peers. Regardless, Ann is vehement that she's no longer salty about her ousting from the Today show. She continued: "I don't know what was all behind it. I do know that it hurt like hell. It wasn't a fun moment. I've learned a great deal about myself. I've really, at this point, let it go." "I don’t know what was all behind it. I do know that it hurt like hell. It wasn’t a fun moment. I’ve learned a great deal about myself. I’ve really, at this point, let it go." -- @AnnCurry on leaving NBC's "TODAY." #AnnCurryThisMorning pic.twitter.com/XR8zo1z0iX — CBS This Morning ❄️ (@CBSThisMorning) January 17, 2018 You tell 'em, Queen. Ann further addressed sexual harassment in the workplace, which has fueled the revolutionary #MeToo and Time's Up movements, as she revealed: "I don't know a single woman who has not endured some form of sexual harassment and many women have endured workplace sexual harassment. It's happened to me in multiple jobs. It is a way of sidelining women." "I don’t know a single woman who has not endured some form of sexual harassment and many women have endured workplace sexual harassment. It’s happened to me in multiple jobs. It is a way of sidelining women" -- @AnnCurry#AnnCurryThisMorning pic.twitter.com/lspNY1qoZX — CBS This Morning ❄️ (@CBSThisMorning) January 17, 2018 Thankfully, a change is certainly occurring in the workforce, as Ann made sure to applaud the Today show for hiring two female co-anchors. The industry vet applauded: "The idea that women are involved speaking to women is actually an overdue idea. So absolutely, I think it's a good idea." We concur. Be sure to ch-ch-check out Ann's FULL sit down for yourself (below)! [Image via WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhilton11 hr. 41 min. ago

FCC Chairman Defends Review of Sinclair-Tribune Merger in Letter to House Democrats

WASHINGTON — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defended the review of the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group with Tribune Media, writing in a letter to House Democrats that he did not discuss any FCC proceedings in two meetings he had with Donald Trump. Responding to a series of questions about the merger sent by Senate... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 19th, 2017

5 Fast Facts About Hilarious Emmys Announcer Jermaine Fowler — Enjoy!

Jermaine Fowler totally stole the spotlight during the Emmys on Sunday. In between the award presentations and host Stephen Colbert's many quips, the comedian kept the Emmys stage lit thanks to his voice over commentary. And, man, did we LOVE it!! Related: Kellyanne Conway Was NOT Happy With "Politicized" Emmys Although Fowler has been steadily working since 2012, [...] Jermaine Fowler totally stole the spotlight during the Emmys on Sunday. In between the award presentations and host Stephen Colbert's many quips, the comedian kept the Emmys stage lit thanks to his voice over commentary. And, man, did we LOVE it!! Related: Kellyanne Conway Was NOT Happy With "Politicized" Emmys Although Fowler has been steadily working since 2012, it seems as though we're just now getting to know things about the funny man. If you're like us and are itchin' to know more about Jermaine, we've got good news for you -- we've compiled some fast facts about the Maryland native! Here are five pearls to know about the 29-year-old: 1. Jermaine stars in the CBS sitcom Superior Donuts alongside Judd Hirsch and Katey Sagal. He is also an executive producer for the show. Hopped up on the chair and the sugars #SuperiorDonutsA post shared by ManMan (@jermainefowler) on Aug 24, 2017 at 12:45pm PDT Fowler has a recurring role on HBO's Crashing too. Color us impressed! 2. Viewers purposefully saw Fowler during the Emmys because CBS wanted him in front of the camera. Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment EVP for music and live events, dished to Deadline about their desire to have Jermaine be an active part of the award show: "What we will do is have Jermaine be an active part of the show. He will be connected with what's happened on the telecast and what happens next. What we want to do is get a peek behind the curtain in a fun, engaging way." He was certainly fun!! 3. Jermaine is a proud poppa!! Back in July, the up-and-comer and his girlfriend (Meagan Hester) welcomed their baby girl Thebe Orion Fowler into the world. He regularly posts about his daughter on social media. Lion QueenA post shared by ManMan (@jermainefowler) on Aug 22, 2017 at 10:13am PDT 4. Fowler has used his comedic skills to fight homophobia. Back in 2012, Jermaine and fellow comic Kevin Barnett tackled homophobia in the black community by penning a web series about two closeted gangsters. You can ch-ch-check out episode one (below). WARNING: The video contains NSFW language. 5. In August, Jermaine tragically lost his mom. The TV actor paid tribute to his Shero on Twitter as he wrote: Today, I lost the strongest woman I've ever known. She never took shit from anybody. Spoke her mind whenever she felt and did it with grace. — JermaineFowler (@jermaineFOWLER) August 8, 2017 We're sure Fowler's mom would've been proud of his Emmys performance. *Hugs* So... What do YOU think? Did any of these facts surprise you?? Be sure to let us know your thoughts (below)! [Image via Instagram.].....»»

Category: break-upsSource: tmzSep 18th, 2017

JonBenet Ramsey’s Super Creepy Brother Allowed to Sue CBS for $750 Million

During Christmas 1996, somebody killed a little girl in her own home in Colorado. Dead little white girls made for good copy, even before the rise of the Internet and The Daily Mail online. Dead little white girls involved in disturbing baby beauty pageants and covered in lipstick and mascara is a news bomb cyclone. […] The post JonBenet Ramsey’s Super Creepy Brother Allowed to Sue CBS for $750 Million appeared first on wwtdd. During Christmas 1996, somebody killed a little girl in her own home in Colorado. Dead little white girls made for good copy, even before the rise of the Internet and The Daily Mail online. Dead little white girls involved in disturbing baby beauty pageants and covered in lipstick and mascara is a news bomb cyclone. Even before that fake term was invented. JonBenet Ramsey consumed the then shameless tragedy profiteer media of the time, the tabloid papers and cable news. Nancy Grace came like no Methodist woman has before her. The fact that no killer was identified immediately by the police, or ever, led to the kind of rampant speculation that fuels disturbing child murder story mayhem. This perfectly filled the talking heads void left by the O.J. trial. While every pedophile within a hundred miles of the home during the night of the murder could’ve easily been a suspect, the lack of sexual assault on the body and the lack of any signs of forced entry into the home made that rampant speculation practically moot. Though it did carry on for month after month, including sketches of a man who looked like Santa Clause. Or maybe it was Santa Clause. Down the chimney to rape and murder children. The perfect cover. Those with a thinking brain figured out quickly the murderer was somebody sleeping in the home that evening, and or possibly a close family acquaintance with key access to the house. Since there was nobody in the latter category unaccounted for, that left the mom, dad, and brother. All of whom became suspects. The rage nature of the killing made the then nine-year old brother, Burke, the prime suspect. Weird for a nine year old, but he was a weird kid. Also, parents with no record of abuse, outside of pimping their daughter in pageants, don’t suddenly bludgeon their little girls to death. Insane moms do occasionally murder their own kids, but it’s always drowning or poisoning or some weird Biblical shit. Never a wrench to the temple. The District Attorney could never quite place a finger on the culprit, leaving the case one of the great unsolved blown-out blonde wig hair kid murders ever. Leading to numerous follow-up news shows claiming to provide new evidence as to the true killer. TV clickbait for those with enough free time to be less discerning. In the Fall of 2016, during Sweeps, CBS ran a special bringing together pathologists and analysts and rampant speculators to re-examine the murder 20-years on. Hey, remember JonBenet and all the fun we had speculating over her killer? Here’s more. (Lex Jurgen has finally joined Twitter. Follow now at: MyTerribleWords.) During the broadcast, one of the “expert guests” implied that Burke Ramsey killed his sister. It wasn’t a direct accusation, more of an implied statement, but enough for Burke Ramsey, now late 20’s, to file a $750 million lawsuit against CBS and everybody who appeared anywhere in the show. Apparently, you’re not allowed to imply somebody killed their baby sister in this country without legal adjudication. Or so agreed the judge this week who allowed the case to go forward, despite pleas from CBS et. al., to have the civil suit thrown out for lack of cause. Burke Ramsey’s case relies on his assertion that CBS ruined his reputation. Considering 99% of people only know him as the creepy Ramsey brother who likely killed his little sister as covered up by his parents, that seems like an uphill battle. In a world where Hulk Hogan won $125 million for Gawker destroying his rep by showing his bare ass pounding his buddy’s wife, you have to at least try for a corporate gouge. CBS went low and cheap with their primetime special. They likely had lawyers reviewing the footage to ensure this kind of suit wasn’t possible, but maybe they effed up. In general, the public will root for Ramsey against the corporate giant news outlet framed as having made “fake news”. The judge allowing the case to go forward means negotiations between parties must now begin. It’s not like the kid has more sisters to kill. He probably needs some new hobby cash. Expect settlement terms to be non-disclosed with no admission of guilt, or around $30 million. If you’ve ever thought about killing your sibling who gets all the attention from your parents while you’re sent away to boarding school, this certainly might affect your decision. The post JonBenet Ramsey’s Super Creepy Brother Allowed to Sue CBS for $750 Million appeared first on wwtdd......»»

Category: topSource: wwtddJan 8th, 2018

Antitrust Chief Offers Hints of Why AT&T-Time Warner Merger Approval Hit a Snag

WASHINGTON — Makan Delrahim, who leads the antitrust division at the Department of Justice, offered some clues on Thursday as to how he views the proposed merger of AT&T-Time Warner and other major transactions. AT&T appears to be facing major roadblocks in its effort to secure government approval of the $85 billion merger, as the […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyNov 16th, 2017

Four State Attorneys General Oppose Sinclair-Tribune Merger

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general from four states announced their opposition to the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media, in the latest effort to try to convince the FCC to block the transaction. The attorneys general from Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island wrote that the merger “will increase market consolidation above the […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyNov 3rd, 2017

FCC Puts Two-Week Pause on Review of Sinclair-Tribune Merger

WASHINGTON — The FCC is pausing its review of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed merger with Tribune Media to allow more time for the filing of public comments. The FCC is more than halfway through its 180-day timeline for review of the merger, which would create a broadcasting giant with 223 TV stations serving 108 markets, including […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyOct 18th, 2017