Tom Freston


30 years of TBI: The TBI 20 (2003)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. In 2003, TBI asked the industry to nominate the top 20 executives in the business at that point, and results brought together some of the biggest names in the […]

Dauman set to exit as Viacom war ends

Philippe Dauman is set to leave his role as CEO of Viacom in exchange for a massive pay-out, ending the war for control of the US entertainment giant. According to numerous media sources, Viacom’s board met last night to vote and agree on terms of a deal with the company’s controlling shareholder, Sumner Redstone. Viacom […]

Freston wades into Viacom boardroom drama

Former Viacom CEO Tom Freston has attacked Philippe Dauman, claiming his successor is the wrong person to turn the media giant’ fortunes around. Speaking on CNBC yesterday, Freston said Viacom should be run by a person that’s steeped in the popular culture with young audiences, the person who owns that chair should be somebody who […]

Ron Howard’s Imagine receives investment

Empire coproducer Imagine Entertainment has received “a significant investment” from global merchant bank The Raine Group. This will allow LA-based producer Imagine, which Ron Howard and Brain Grazer lead, to move into branded content and digital formats. The money may also be used to finance “organic growth opportunities” and “potential acquisitions”. “With Raine’s investment, Imagine […]

Raine eyes media investment with Freston hire

Global merchant bank The Raine Group has hired former Viacom CEO Tom Freston as its eyes investments in media, entertainment and lifestyle companies. Freston’s hire as a senior advisor came as Raine completed fundraising of its second equity growth fund, Raine Partners II. The round came in at US$850 million, almost double the US$400 million […]