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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 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

Open Post: Which TV Show Should Be Canceled?

  Each year Hollywood execs feel out which television stars will no longer be willing to give sloppy trailer head in exchange for roles, and cancel their series to make room for fresh holes. It’s a proud and storied part of the biz that happens each Spring, and recently the major networks went through the process […] The post Open Post: Which TV Show Should Be Canceled? appeared first on WWTDD - What Would Tyler Durden Do?.   Each year Hollywood execs feel out which television stars will no longer be willing to give sloppy trailer head in exchange for roles, and cancel their series to make room for fresh holes. It’s a proud and storied part of the biz that happens each Spring, and recently the major networks went through the process of deciding which series would be getting the boot and which would be renewed for another season. People with rich personal lives often pick a canceled show to flip their shit over, and this year it was Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I think Chelsea Peretti is a funny chick, but actress Andy Samberg is an annoying chick, and if she was half as funny as she thinks she is, she’d still be shit. I hate that show. And of course it got renewed after fan uproar. Check out the full list of renewed series, via TVbythenumbers, and let us know what needs to go. Remember, Katy Perry gets paid $25 million for American Idol. So while there are no right or wrong answers, there actually kind of are.   RENEWED BROADCAST SHOWS “48 Hours” (CBS) “60 Minutes” (CBS) “The 100” (The CW) “9-1-1” (FOX) “The $100,000 Pyramid” (ABC) “The Amazing Race” (CBS) “American Housewife” (ABC) “American Idol” (ABC) “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC) “America’s Got Talent” (NBC) “AP Bio” (NBC) “Arrow” (The CW) “The Bachelor” (ABC) “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) “Big Brother” (CBS) “Black-ish” (ABC) “Black Lightning” (The CW) “The Blacklist” (NBC) “Blindspot” (NBC) “Blue Bloods” (CBS) “Bob’s Burgers” (FOX) “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) – moving from FOX “Bull” (CBS) “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC) “Chicago Fire” (NBC) “Chicago Med” (NBC) “Chicago PD” (NBC) “Child Support” (ABC) “Cosmos” (FOX/Nat Geo) – last aired in 2014 “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW) “Criminal Minds” (CBS) “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) “Days of Our Lives” (NBC) “Dynasty” (The CW) “Elementary” (CBS) “Ellen’s Game of Games” (NBC) “Empire” (FOX) “Family Guy” (FOX) “The Flash” (The CW) “For the People” (ABC) “The Four: Battle for Stardom” (FOX) “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC) “The Gifted” (FOX) “The Goldbergs” (ABC) “The Gong Show” (ABC) “The Good Doctor” (ABC) “Good Girls” (NBC) “The Good Place” (NBC) “Gotham” (FOX) “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS) “Hell’s Kitchen” (FOX) “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC) “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC) “Instinct” (CBS) “iZombie” (ABC) “Jane the Virgin” (The CW) “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC) “Legends of Tomorrow” (The CW) “Lethal Weapon” (FOX) “Life in Pieces” (CBS) “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (Syndicated) – through 2019-20 “MacGyver” (CBS) “Madam Secretary” (CBS) “Man with a Plan” (CBS) “Masters of Illusion” (The CW) “Match Game” (ABC) “Midnight, Texas” (NBC) “Modern Family” (ABC) “Mom” (CBS) “NCIS” (CBS) “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS) “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS) “The Orville” (FOX) “Page Six” (Syndicated) “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (The CW) “The Price Is Right” (CBS) “The Real” (Syndicated) – through 2020 “The Resident” (FOX) “Riverdale” (The CW) “Roseanne” (ABC) “Salvation” (CBS) “SEAL Team” (CBS) “The Simpsons” (FOX) “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX) – airs summer 2018 “Speechless” (ABC) “Star” (FOX) “Station 19” (ABC) “Steve” (Syndicated) “Supergirl” (The CW) “Supernatural” (The CW) “Superstore” (NBC) “Survivor” (CBS) “SWAT” (CBS) “This Is Us” (NBC) “Victoria” (PBS) “The Voice” (NBC) “The Wall” (NBC) “The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated) – through 2019-20 “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (The CW) “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (Syndicated) “Will & Grace” (NBC) – through 2019-20 “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) – through 2019-20 “Young Sheldon” (CBS) RENEWED CABLE/STREAMING SHOWS “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Netflix) – through Season 3 “Alexa & Katie” (Netflix) “Alone Together” (Freeform) “American Dad” (TBS) – through Season 6 on TBS/16 overall “American Horror Story” (FX) – through Season 9 “American Vandal” (Netflix) “Andi Mack” (Disney) “Angie Tribeca” (TBS) “Animal Kingdom” (TNT) “Archer” (FXX) “At Home with Amy Sedaris” (truTV) “Ballers” (HBO) “Barry” (HBO) “Berlin Station” (Epix) “Better Things” (FX) “Big Mouth” (Netflix) “Billions” (Showtime) “Black Mirror” (Netflix) “Bosch” (Amazon) “Broad City” (Comedy Central) “Brockmire” (IFC) – through Season 4 “Carpool Karaoke” (Apple) “Casual” (Hulu) – fourth and final season in 2018 “Channel Zero” (Syfy) – through Season 4 “Chesapeake Shores” (Hallmark) “The Chi” (Showtime) “Chrisley Knows Best” (USA) “Cobra Kai” (YouTube Red) “Corporate” (Comedy Central) “Counterpart” (Starz) “Crashing” (HBO) “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO) “Dark” (Netflix) “The Detour” (TBS) “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior) “Documentary Now!” (IFC) “Dope” (Netflix) “Drop the Mic” (TBS) “Drug Lords” (Netflix) “Drunk History” (Comedy Central) “Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC) “Final Space” (TBS) “Fleabag” (Amazon) “Floribama Shore” (MTV) “Full Frontal with Samatha Bee” (TBS) – through 2020 “Fuller House” (Netflix) “Future Man” (Hulu) “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access) “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix) “Grown-ish” (Freeform) “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) “Happy!” (Syfy) “High Maintenance” (HBO) “Homeland” (Showtime) “House of Cards” (Netflix) “I Love You, America” (Hulu) “Ink Master” (Paramount) “Insecure” (HBO) “Jack Ryan” (Amazon) “Jessica Jones” (Netflix) “The Jim Jefferies Show” (Comedy Central) “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (E!) – through 2020 “Killing Eve” (BBC America) “Killjoys” (Syfy) – through Season 5 “The Last O.G.” (TBS) “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO) – through Season 7 in 2020 “Lore” (Amazon) “Lost in Space” (Netflix) “Loudermilk” (Audience Network) “The Magicians” (Syfy) “Man at Arms: Art of War” (El Rey) “Mindhunter” (Netflix) “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” (Netflix) “Nailed It!” (Netflix) “Narcos” (Netflix) “No Activity” (CBS All Access) “The Oath” (Crackle) “On My Block” (Netflix) “One Day at a Time” (Netflix) “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix) – through Season 7 “Outlander” (Starz) – through Season 6 “Power” (Starz) – through Season 6 “Preacher” (AMC) “Project Runway” (Lifetime) – through Season 18 “Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime) – through Season 7 “The Punisher” (Netflix) “Pure” (WGN America) “Queen Sugar” (OWN) “Queer Eye” (Netflix) “Ray Donovan” (Showtime) “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO) – through 2020 “Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim) – for 70 episodes “Runaways” (Hulu) “Santa Clarita Diet” (Netflix) “Search Party” (TBS) “Shameless” (Showtime) “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix) “Shooter” (USA) “Silicon Valley” (HBO) “The Sinner” (USA) “SMILF” (Showtime) “Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild” (TBS) “South Park” (Comedy Central) – through 2019 “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS All Access) “Startup” (Crackle) “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” (Nat Geo) “Stranger Things” (Netflix) “Strike Back” (Cinemax) “Suits” (USA) “The Tick” (Amazon) “Tosh.0” (Comedy Central) – through 2020 “The Toys That Made Us” (Netflix) “Transparent” (Amazon) “UnReal” (Lifetime) – through Season 4 “Van Helsing” (Syfy) “The Walking Dead” (AMC) “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – through 2020 “Westworld” (HBO) “Younger” (TV Land) “You’re the Worst” (FXX) – final season in 2018 “The Zimmern List” (Travel)   The post Open Post: Which TV Show Should Be Canceled? appeared first on WWTDD - What Would Tyler Durden Do?......»»

Category: topSource: wwtddMay 14th, 2018

CBS, Viacom together again? Why it matters if you are a cord cutter or pay-TV viewer - 9NEWS.com

9NEWS.comCBS, Viacom together again? Why it matters if you are a cord cutter or pay-TV viewer9NEWS.comCBS and Viacom are again talking about a merger — a media marriage that would continue to accelerate the consolidation of content creators. The resulting merger could have repercussions for TV lovers, whether they have cut the cord or are wedded to ...CBS, Viacom form committees to explore mergerNew York PostHere We Go Again: CBS and Viacom Officially Agree to Explore a MergerAdweekCBS and Viacom take steps towards exploring mergerFinancial TimesBusiness Insider -Deadline -Variety -Los Angeles Timesall 37 news articles ».....»»

Category: feudsSource: tmzFeb 1st, 2018

CBS, Viacom together again? Why it matters if you are a cord cutter or pay-TV viewer - USA TODAY

USA TODAYCBS, Viacom together again? Why it matters if you are a cord cutter or pay-TV viewerUSA TODAYCBS and Viacom are again talking about a merger — a media marriage that would continue to accelerate the consolidation of content creators. The resulting merger could have repercussions for TV lovers, whether they have cut the cord or are wedded to ...CBS, Viacom form committees to explore mergerNew York PostHere We Go Again: CBS and Viacom Officially Agree to Explore a MergerAdweekCBS and Viacom take steps towards exploring mergerFinancial TimesStandard-Examiner -Business Insider -Deadline -Varietyall 37 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsFeb 1st, 2018

CBS and Viacom Merger Discussions Set to Accelerate, but Valuation Remains a Big Hurdle

Board members from CBS Corp. and Viacom are expected to meet as soon as next week to begin discussions on the valuations of both companies for a possible merger. Executives at both media companies have been hip-deep in crunching numbers and preparing financial data to guide the discussions between the members of the special committees […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMar 23rd, 2018

Tensions Rise in CBS, Viacom Talks Over Management Concerns and Spin Wars

The tension level in CBS and Viacom merger discussions has spiked dramatically during the past 48 hours as the sides stake out their positions on the valuation of Viacom and management plans for the combined company. The special committee of the Viacom board is said to have rejected outright the acquisition bid submitted by CBS’ […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyApr 4th, 2018

CBS, Viacom Move Toward Merger Talks as Boards Begin to Evaluate Possible Deal

CBS Corp. and Viacom have taken the first steps toward negotiating a merger as both companies have established special board committee to evaluate a possibility of a deal. CBS said Thursday its board has assembled a committee of independent directors to “evaluate a potential combination with Viacom Inc.” Viacom said it has “retained independent legal […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyFeb 1st, 2018

CBS Corp. and Viacom Inch Closer to Formal Merger Discussions

CBS Corp. and Viacom are inching toward formally exploring a corporate reunion of the two halves of the Redstone media empire. There is less opposition within CBS Corp. this time around compared to the last attempt by CBS/Viacom vice chairman Shari Redstone to bring the two companies back together in the fall of 2016. The […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJan 25th, 2018

CBS-Viacom Watch: Viacom Awaits New Offer, Moonves Severance Package Calculated

The temperature in the battle over the future of CBS and Viacom dropped a few degrees on Thursday after Wednesday’s flare-ups. Viacom is awaiting a response from CBS to the acquisition counteroffer that Viacom submitted last week. CBS executives and bankers were said to be huddling Wednesday and Thursday to hammer out a new offer. […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyApr 12th, 2018

CBS Sues Shari Redstone and National Amusements in Bid to Block Viacom Merger

The battle over the future of CBS and Viacom has taken an extraordinary turn as CBS Corp. has filed a lawsuit accusing majority shareholder Shari Redstone of breaching her fiduciary duty to CBS shareholders by pressing for a merger of the companies against the wishes of CBS board members. CBS filed suit Monday in Delaware […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMay 14th, 2018

Viacom Shuts Down Viacom Next VR Studio

Viacom has closed down Viacom Next, its emerging entertainment technology group that was best known for producing virtual reality (VR) experiences like Tyler Hurd’s interactive music video “Chocolate.” The closure comes as Viacom laid off close to 100 employees across multiple divisions as part of a cost-cutting move. Viacom Next’s closure, and the layoff of its […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyFeb 7th, 2018

A Clarissa Explains It All Reboot Is In The Works — & Melissa Joan Hart Is Expected To Be Part Of It!

Another classic Nickelodeon show looks like it might just be on its way back to TV! Clarissa Explains It All is in the process of being rebooted by the Viacom-owned cable network, and early discussions are already taking place about producing new episodes!! Related: New Sabrina Reboot Is Busy Casting Away! Oh, and the best news of it [...] Another classic Nickelodeon show looks like it might just be on its way back to TV! Clarissa Explains It All is in the process of being rebooted by the Viacom-owned cable network, and early discussions are already taking place about producing new episodes!! Related: New Sabrina Reboot Is Busy Casting Away! Oh, and the best news of it all -- even in early talks, Melissa Joan Hart is expected to reprise her role as Clarissa... all grown up and playing the role of a mom!! In a report out this morning in THR, sources say the entire reboot project is in "early development" stages at Nickelodeon, with series creator Mitchell Kriegman also in talks to return as a writer and executive producer. Nickelodeon refused to comment for the story, but sources explained it all. The original series was very successful for Nick, running for a total of 65 episodes over five seasons from 1991 to 1994 with Hart as Clarissa, the smart teenager who engaged her audience directly as she dealt with the inevitable problems of growing up. Ironically, Hart spoke to THR just a couple months ago about the possibility of Clarissa getting rebooted, comparing it to her other hit show, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, and saying (below): "I like the way we left Sabrina. I think Sabrina ended on a really great note, and I don't think you want to go back and explore that. At the same time, I think Clarissa ended on a note that could be explored again, because it didn't really have an ending — it sort of ended." And now, here we are!!! Photos: Lili Reinhart Calls Out Cosmo Philippines For Photoshop We'll keep everybody posted on what happens with Clarissa... but seriously, who doesn't want to see this opener again (below)??? LOVES it!!! What do y'all think, Perezcious readers?! Will U be watching the reboot?? [Image via Nickelodeon/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonMar 16th, 2018

Viacom Seeks Higher Offer From CBS, President Post for Bob Bakish

Viacom is pushing CBS Corp. to raise its takeover bid for the company, asking for a deal that would add nearly $3 billion to the valuation of the company. Viacom has asked CBS to raise its all-stock bid to a level that would value the company at around $14.7 billion. Viacom as expected is also […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyApr 9th, 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

Bob Bakish Says Viacom Is ‘Very Well-Positioned’ in a World of Media Mergers

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish steered clear of talk about a possible merger with CBS but was more expansive at an event with reporters Tuesday on how the mega-mergers and the rise of digital giants in the media world would work in his company’s favor. While he would not comment on any potential merger with CBS or on […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 19th, 2018

A CBS-Viacom Merger Would Feel Like a Shotgun Wedding

America’s favorite on-again, off-again relationship might be back on. No, not Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez; CBS Corp. and Viacom. The companies’s CEOs held an informal talk last week about a potential merger with the expectation that their respective boards will tackle it in greater depth soon enough. We’ve watched these two companies play footsy […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJan 30th, 2018

Laguna Beach"s Jason Wahler Reveals Relapse — After "Being Active" In His Addiction For The Last Few Years

Jason Wahler just made a pretty big confession. On Sunday evening, the Laguna Beach alum took to Instagram to reveal he's over 30 days sober, after having been "active in [his] addiction for the past three+ years." For those of you who've been following his journey, this may come as quite a shock, as he seemed [...] Jason Wahler just made a pretty big confession. On Sunday evening, the Laguna Beach alum took to Instagram to reveal he's over 30 days sober, after having been "active in [his] addiction for the past three+ years." For those of you who've been following his journey, this may come as quite a shock, as he seemed to have gotten his life together. Related: Luann De Lesseps' Arrest Video Has Been Released And, for a little while, the MTV vet had been sober. In fact, before this relapse, Wahler had achieved "four years of sobriety." Still, as a pillar in the recovery community, Lauren Conrad's former flame is "embarrassed" by his situation. The Widespread Recovery founder admitted: "My name is Jason and I'm an alcoholic-addict. I have 39 days of sobriety after being active in my addiction for the past three + years; before that, I had four years of sobriety." Working in the field of recovery is something I love; I'm passionate about it. However, I became complacent and I was blindsided. I am beyond embarrassed. At first I was full of shame and guilt, but I am learning to forgive and move forward. I can only hope my pain will be someone else's gain and I will continue to live one day at a time. The truth is this: I relapsed, I surrendered and I am getting help." Honestly, we're very impressed with Jason's candor. This couldn't have been an easy thing to write. The reality TV personality continued: "My hope is that my vulnerability may help to foster humility in those still suffering. I am reaching out to those who would hear and those who need help the most. If you are active in your addiction, if you are lost or isolated, if your sense of self-worth is as low as mine was, take my hand. We are each a link in a chain and together we are stronger. Surrender. Don't be afraid to start over. You are worth it." Hear! Hear! We're so glad to hear that Jason's gotten his life back on track and is committed to staying sober, especially since he and his wife Ashley now have a baby girl. Stay strong, man. [Image via Instagram.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonApr 30th, 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

Is CBS Ready to Make a Deal in Viacom Merger Saga?

CBS has the next move in the battle over its future and that of its corporate sibling, Viacom. The drama surrounding the media companies controlled by Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements has become the industry’s favorite soap opera. CBS is expected to quietly engage with Viacom in the coming days on a new round of negotiations in […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyApr 18th, 2018

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves Apparently Accused Of Sexual Misconduct In Forthcoming New Yorker Exposé

One of the most powerful men in Hollywood will apparently be accused of sexual misconduct — specifically unwanted kissing and touching — in a forthcoming New Yorker piece that is reportedly set to be published later today. The piece, an exposé by Ronan Farrow, apparently details serious allegations of sexual misconduct against Leslie Moonves, the chairman [...] One of the most powerful men in Hollywood will apparently be accused of sexual misconduct -- specifically unwanted kissing and touching -- in a forthcoming New Yorker piece that is reportedly set to be published later today. The piece, an exposé by Ronan Farrow, apparently details serious allegations of sexual misconduct against Leslie Moonves, the chairman and CEO of CBS. Related: Ed Westwick Skates On THREE Sexual Assault Allegations Moonves (pictured above, left, with his wife Julie Chen), is apparently only one of the targets of the piece, as sources with knowledge of the as-yet-unpublished article claim it also "delves into the broader culture at CBS," as it's set to go live later today on the New Yorker's website. Wow. Trying to get out ahead of the story now, CBS released a statement confirming they are investigating claims against Moonves (below): "All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously. The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company's clear policies in that regard. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action ... The timing of this report comes in the midst of the Company's very public legal dispute. While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members. Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners." That legal dispute, of course, is ongoing litigation between Moonves and Shari Redstone, who is the controlling shareholder in both CBS and Viacom. Redstone has long wanted to merge the two companies, and Moonves has long resisted, leading to a protracted legal battle that has the network itself in the cross hairs. Not surprisingly, in a move watched very closely by industry insiders, CBS stock has tumbled in the last couple hours since the first whispers about the forthcoming piece hit the public eye. Related: Did Anthony Anderson Assault A Woman? Aside from CBS' over-arching statement about the investigation (above), Moonves, 68, has yet to personally make his own public statement against the allegations. As for the story itself, and the allegations therein, we'll update this post and/or share new information as soon as it comes to light. [Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.].....»»

Category: topSource: tmzJul 27th, 2018