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Eden Sassoon, Kat Von D And Harold Owens To Be Honored At Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Luncheon

20 September 2017 7:45 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Los Angeles, the first residential program in the country for women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, will honor MusiCares/Map Fund’s Senior Director Harold Owens with the Excellence In Service Award; entrepreneur and television personality Eden Sassoon with the Woman of the Year Award; and tattoo artist, author, activist and musician Kat Von D with the Shining Star Award at their 28th annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.

“We are honored to celebrate each of these remarkable individuals for their generosity, commitment, and myriad of contributions to our community,” said Friendly House Board Chair, Peggy Albrecht. “Our organization is fortunate to have such dedicated supporters. With their generosity, we are able to provide an environment where women can recover from the devastation of drug and alcohol addiction, help to renew family relationships and reintegrate each woman back into the community. »

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One Year After Exec Shakeup, Viacom Sees Stability But Faces Stock Struggles

30 August 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It has been one year since Shari Redstone, daughter of Sumner Redstone, prevailed in an epic battle for control of her father’s business empire. As the mogul — now 94 — fell into frail health, Shari Redstone fought it out in court with his former mistresses and confidants. Philippe Dauman bowed to the inevitable on Aug. 20, 2016, and resigned as CEO of Viacom.

The entertainment industry was glad to see him go. Viacom’s stock price had been cut in half over the previous two years, plunging from $88 to $43 by the time Dauman threw in the towel. With Shari Redstone firmly in charge, the company was desperate for a turnaround.

Since then, she has made some decisive moves, promoting Bob Bakish to CEO and bringing in Jim Gianopulos to revitalize her father’s beloved Paramount Pictures. Bakish quickly developed a “flagship” strategy to focus on developing Viacom’s six core brands.

But the stock price has not responded, and »

- Gene Maddaus

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One Year After Exec Shakeup, Viacom Sees Stability But Faces Stock Struggles

30 August 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It has been one year since Shari Redstone, daughter of Sumner Redstone, prevailed in an epic battle for control of her father’s business empire. As the mogul — now 94 — fell into frail health, Shari Redstone fought it out in court with his former mistresses and confidants. Philippe Dauman bowed to the inevitable on Aug. 20, 2016, and resigned as CEO of Viacom.

The entertainment industry was glad to see him go. Viacom’s stock price had been cut in half over the previous two years, plunging from $88 to $43 by the time Dauman threw in the towel. With Shari Redstone firmly in charge, the company was desperate for a turnaround.

Since then, she has made some decisive moves, promoting Bob Bakish to CEO and bringing in Jim Gianopulos to revitalize her father’s beloved Paramount Pictures. Bakish quickly developed a “flagship” strategy to focus on developing Viacom’s six core brands.

But the stock price has not responded, and »

- Gene Maddaus

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CBS Board Elects Sumner Redstone’s Lawyer To Fill His Board Seat

28 July 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

CBS just turned Sumner Redstone’s former board seat over to Robert Klieger — the lawyer who defended the mogul last year in his battle to oust former Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman — the company says in an SEC filing. Klieger focuses on entertainment and intellectual property litigation at Hueston Hennigan. His clients have included companies Redstone owns — such as CBS, Paramount Pictures, MTV and Nickelodeon — as well as Electronic Arts and Disney. CBS says that Klieger… »

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Inside Sinclair: CEO Nixes Fox News Rival Rumors, Talks Tribune & Big Ambition for Broadcast Biz

25 July 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Of the many challenges Fox News Channel is facing amid a turbulent year, there’s one threat Rupert Murdoch can cross off the list: Sinclair Broadcast Group has no plans to launch a rival conservative-friendly TV network. Chris Ripley, CEO of the Hunt Valley, Md.-based TV-station giant, is ready to end months of speculation that his company was preparing to mount a competitive threat in the wake of its $3.9 billion deal to acquire Tribune Media in May.

“After we acquired Allbritton [Communications] in 2014, we looked hard at launching a national cable news channel, but we decided the world didn’t need another cable news platform,” says Ripley, who makes clear that the rise of Donald Trump and the upheaval at Fox News haven’t changed his calculus. “Our strength is local news,” he maintains. “The market for national cable news is very well served.”

It’s hardly surprising that Sinclair would face speculation over its plans for »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Former Viacom Communications Chief Carl Folta Joins Abernathy MacGregor

6 July 2017 9:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former Viacom communications chief Carl Folta has joined Abernathy MacGregor as a senior counselor.

Folta worked at Viacom for more than two decades, where he was seen as a key ally of media mogul Sumner Redstone and former Chairman Philippe Dauman. Folta was pushed out of the company last fall after Dauman lost a brutal corporate standoff that put Shari Redstone’s, Sumner’s daughter, firmly in control. He has deep ties to the business reporting community.

“Carl’s extraordinary knowledge, expertise and relationships throughout the corporate community are very additive to our own, and will reinforce our firm’s position at the forefront of strategic communications for global and U.S. companies,” said Tom Johnson, chief executive officer of Abernathy MacGregor.

Abernathy MacGregor works with a number of major public companies, providing messaging assistance and crisis management advice. At Viacom, Folta oversaw public relations for its television brands and its film studio, Paramount Pictures. »

- Brent Lang

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Former Viacom Communications Chief Carl Folta Joins Abernathy MacGregor

6 July 2017 9:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former Viacom communications chief Carl Folta has joined Abernathy MacGregor as a senior counselor.

Folta worked at Viacom for more than two decades, where he was seen as a key ally of media mogul Sumner Redstone and former Chairman Philippe Dauman. Folta was pushed out of the company last fall after Dauman lost a brutal corporate standoff that put Shari Redstone’s, Sumner’s daughter, firmly in control. He has deep ties to the business reporting community.

“Carl’s extraordinary knowledge, expertise and relationships throughout the corporate community are very additive to our own, and will reinforce our firm’s position at the forefront of strategic communications for global and U.S. companies,” said Tom Johnson, chief executive officer of Abernathy MacGregor.

Abernathy MacGregor works with a number of major public companies, providing messaging assistance and crisis management advice. At Viacom, Folta oversaw public relations for its television brands and its film studio, Paramount Pictures »

- Brent Lang

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Les Moonves Partially Hauled Into Sumner Redstone’s Legal War With Ex-Companions

21 June 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After avoiding being part of the long on-going court spectacle of Sumner Redstone and his former companions, Les Moonves today has been put in the subpoena spotlight of sorts. First permitting a motion to quash the CBS boss being served, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Hess changed his mind and said the subpoena can now go ahead, partially. Originally 11 categories in scope, Redstone's lawyers wanted to quash four of the issues before Sydney Holland's side… »

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Leslie Moonves, CBS and Viacom to Be Subpoenaed in Sumner Redstone Legal Fight

20 June 2017 5:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

CBS chairman Leslie Moonves will be dragged into the legal drama surrounding Sumner Redstone after all, as a California judge switched gears after tentatively granting a motion to quash a subpoena served to him.

The 94-year-old Redstone is suing two of his former companions for elder abuse, and is seeking to reclaim millions in gifts he'd given them. Both Sydney Holland and Manuela Herzer are also currently suing his daughter Shari Redstone for interfering with their inheritances — and now his business activities may be scrutinized and Moonves will join the fray.

Holland and Herzer in the »

- Ashley Cullins

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Leslie Moonves Extends CBS Corp. Contract Through June 2021

22 May 2017 10:39 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Leslie Moonves has set a two-year extension of his contract that will keep him at the helm of CBS Corp. as chairman-ceo through June 30, 2021.

The extension comes as no surprise. Moonves has been with CBS since 1995 and has served as president and CEO since 2006, when CBS and Viacom were split into separate companies by controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone. The company, by any measure, has thrived on his watch.

CBS Corp. said the deal calls for Moonves’ base salary of $3.5 million to remain the same during the extension. Last year, Moonves’ ranked among the highest-paid CEOs of a public company with a compensation package of $69.6 million, most of it from stock grants and a $32 million cash bonus.

As with his previous contract that was to have expired in 2019, the extension stipulates that he will be become a senior advisor to CBS Corp. for five years after he steps down as CEO, and »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Brad Grey: Rip to Hollywood’s Savviest Player-Mogul

15 May 2017 10:10 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hollywood reeled today from the news that one of its own, Brad Grey, had died at 59. I was as shocked as anyone else. These days 59 is early middle age and Grey had seemed entirely vibrant and engaged in his work. (Plus his last boss, Sumner Redstone, is pushing 100.) I last saw Grey at his pre-Golden Globes party at the Chateau Marmont where he sat at his usual sofa in the middle of the courtyard, chatting with Jerry Bruckheimer and Russell Simmons as servers circulated with champagne. As always Grey was gracious and spent time asking about TheWrap, how »

- Sharon Waxman

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Hollywood Reels Over Brad Grey Death: ‘A Helluva Boss’

15 May 2017 9:46 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hollywood is reeling from the sad and shocking news of Brad Grey’s death. The 59-year-old show business mogul died of cancer at his Los Angeles home on Saturday, a brief Monday morning announcement said — taking all but his very close friends and family by surprise. “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our friend, Brad Grey, whose tremendous kindness and talent inspired so many of us in the entertainment industry,” said Shari and Sumner Redstone, who control Paramount Pictures’ corporate parent Viacom. Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Recalls His Former Intern Brad Grey: 'Honestly, I'm Crushed' “His vision and leadership at Paramount. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Hollywood Remembers Former Paramount Chief Brad Grey

15 May 2017 8:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An outpouring of love and support from Hollywood followed the announcement that former Paramount chief Brad Grey died on Sunday of cancer at age 59.

In addition to running Paramount for a dozen years, Grey notably co-founded the Brillstein-Grey Entertainment agency and co-founded Plan B. Some of the blockbuster hits produced at Paramount under Grey’s leadership included “Transformers,” the Paranormal Activity, and Iron Man franchises, and “Star Trek.” Many awards season favorites also fall under his name, like “There Will Be Blood,” and “No Country for Old Men.” Prior to his work at Paramount, Grey produced “The Sopranos” and “The Wayne Brady Show,” among many others.

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Jim Gianopulos, the current chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, released the following statement:

“All of us at Paramount are deeply saddened by the news of Brad Grey’s passing. He was at the helm of the studio for »

- Seth Kelley

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Brad Grey, Former Paramount CEO, Dead at 59

15 May 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Former Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey has died from cancer at age 59. Grey served as the head of Paramount for the past 12 years, stepping down just this past February. He died with his family by his side at his home in Holmby Hills, California.

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Prior to joining Paramount, Grey co-founded management and production company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment with Bernie Brillstein. At Bge, he executive produced shows including “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Grey also co-founded Plan B with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston before the couple split and Pitt took control of the company, Deadline reported. Grey left Plan B for Paramount shortly before production began on Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which won for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Plan B had a first look deal with Paramount for several years before »

- Graham Winfrey

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Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey Dies at 59

15 May 2017 7:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brad Grey, the former Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO, died on Sunday night of cancer. He was 59.

In addition to running Paramount for 12 years, Grey helped transform Brillstein-Grey Entertainment into one of Hollywood’s most successful management and production companies, playing a key role in the development of “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” He also co-founded Plan B Entertainment with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, through which he produced the Oscar-winning “The Departed.”

Grey was forced out at Paramount in February in the wake of several film flops and some $450 million in annual losses at the studio.

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Grey, a shrewd operator who alternately stroked and clashed with Hollywood’s key power brokers, had a tumultuous tenure at Paramount. He was credited with maintaining strong relationships with Pitt and Martin Scorsese, as well as overseeing the successful “Transformers” and “Mission: Impossible” series. »

- Brent Lang and Stuart Oldham

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Brad Grey, Producer, Manager and Former Paramount CEO, Dies at 59

15 May 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brad Grey, producer, manager and the former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, has died. He was 59 years old. His family sent a statement to TheWrap Monday morning, saying he “passed away yesterday evening at his home in Holmby Hills, CA with his family by his side. The cause of death was cancer.” In February, Grey stepped down from his position at Paramount Pictures, seven months after a tense legal battle between one of his closest partners at the studio, former Viacom chairman Philippe Dauman, and Shari Redstone, daughter of Sumner Redstone. The elder Redstone’s failing health forced him to step. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Viacom Slams Discrimination Suit From Former Bet Exec; “Misrepresent” Facts

4 May 2017 10:21 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Just more than a month Bet's Head of Original Programming Zola Mashariki disputed that she had left the Viacom-owned channel, she has hit the media giant with a gender-discrimination and wrongful-termination lawsuit amidst claims of a "misogynistic culture." Viacom was quick to push back against the claims today, as its latest financial report came out. "These claims misrepresent the facts and are without merit," a spokesperson for the Sumner Redstone-controlled company… »

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Universal Music Group’s Lucian Grainge Named Cannes Lions Media Person of the Year (Exclusive)

30 April 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has been named Cannes Lions Media Person of the Year — the first music executive to receive the honor since it was launched in 1999. The award, which recognizes innovators who have shaped the future of media, will be presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, June 21 during the annual festival in Cannes, France. He is being cited for “championing innovative business models” and “creating a series of partnerships with a wide range of international technology and media partners.”

Along with his substantial accomplishments as the head of the world’s largest music company, Grainge has aggressively overseen Umg’s expansion into theatrical motion pictures, winning an Academy Award for the Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” and producing Ron Howard’s successful “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” documentary. He has also recently re-launched Polygram Entertainment for further film and TV development, including two upcoming projects, »

- Roy Trakin

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Power of Women New York Honorees Dig Deep for Worthy Causes

21 April 2017 2:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Audra McDonald captured the spirit at Variety’s fourth annual Power of Women New York luncheon when she told the crowd: “This feels like good church.”

McDonald was honored along with Jessica Chastain, Chelsea Clinton, Blake Lively, Gayle King, and Shari Redstone for their efforts on behalf of a range of philanthropic causes. The Friday afternoon event at Cipriani 42nd Street also honored Tina Knowles Lawson with the Community Commerce Impact Award.

Chastain was honored for her work with Planned Parenthood, an organization that she relied on for birth control services before she became a big-screen star. Access to affordable reproductive health care “makes it possible for a woman to have the equal opportunity of her male counterparts of having jurisdiction over her body, her life and her health,” she said.

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson got a big round of applause for her courage in pursuing a sexual harassment lawsuit that led to the ouster »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Power of Women New York Honorees Dig Deep for Worthy Causes

21 April 2017 2:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Audra McDonald captured the spirit at Variety’s fourth annual Power of Women New York luncheon when she told the crowd: “This feels like good church.”

McDonald was honored along with Jessica Chastain, Chelsea Clinton, Blake Lively, Gayle King, and Shari Redstone for their efforts on behalf of a range of philanthropic causes. The Friday afternoon event at Cipriani 42nd Street also honored Tina Knowles Lawson with the Community Commerce Impact Award.

Chastain was honored for her work with Planned Parenthood, an organization that she relied on for birth control services before she became a big-screen star. Access to affordable reproductive health care “makes it possible for a woman to have the equal opportunity of her male counterparts of having jurisdiction over her body, her life and her health,” she said.

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson got a big round of applause for her courage in pursuing a sexual »

- Cynthia Littleton

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