Les Moonves

CBS eyes ad-free SVOD, defends ‘boring TV’

US broadcaster CBS is planning a non-ad version of its subscription video service CBS All Access. “That’s absolutely something that we’re thinking about,” CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves said on an earnings call with analysts yesterday in response to a question about the SVOD service. “We’re charging US$5.99 right now for with ads […]

Moonves: Apple, CBS close to streaming deal

CBS Corp. is close to agreeing a programming deal that would likely see shows such as CSI and NCIS streaming on an Apple-operated paid-for live video platform. “Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing their own streaming services,” CBS Corp. CEO and president Les Moonves said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. “We have had […]

Amazon extends CBS summer series pact

Amazon Prime Instant Video has taken exclusive US streaming rights to broadcast network CBS’s next three summer event series. Amazon has licensed all of CBS’s previous summer drama originals, Under the Dome, Extant and Zoo, and will now get the efforts for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves has previously […]

Showtime confirms OTT service

CBS-owned US broadcaster Showtime is set to launch a stand-alone streaming service in an effort to reach new subscribers. The US over-the-top service, called Showtime, will launch in early July to coincide with the new series of Ray Donovan (pictured) and Masters of Sex, which are both due to premiere on July 12. Showtime will […]

Moonves ‘approached’ Time Warner over merger

CBS CEO Les Moonves had talks with Time Warner chief executive Jeff Bewkes last year about a possible merger of the two companies, according to a report by Bloomberg,citing unnamed sources. However, the discussions came to nothing because Bewkes was not interested in a combination, according to the report. Moonves’ reported overtures to Time Warner […]

Schwartz upped as Wisnia exits CBS-Lionsgate net

Brad Schwartz has been named president of US cable channel Pop, with business development chief David Wisnia exiting in the reshuffle. The news comes less than two years after Schwartz joined the CBS- and Lionsgate-owned network to become president of entertainment and media. That hire was made as Wisnia was named president, business operations of […]

Moonves: CBS doesn’t need merger

Les Moonves has appeared to pour cold water on speculation US broadcast network CBS may merge with sister media giant Viacom. Talk of a merger of CBS and Viacom, which are both controlled by Sumner Redstone’s National Amusement Inc. and previously operated as the same company, has got louder over the past year. However, CBS’s […]

Telefonica SVOD service buys CBS dramas

The new subscription on-demand service of Spanish telco Telefonica has close a multi-year rights agreement for dramas from CBS and Showtime. The exclusive deal with CBS Studios International hands Telefonica Spain-owned Movistar Series Under the Dome, The Good Wife and new season hit Madam Secretary (pictured) from CBS and Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan and Golden […]

Moonves eyes CBS buy-out

CBS Corp.’s CEO Les Moonves has been linked with a buy-out of the US broadcaster, a move that could head off a potential merger with Viacom. CBS and Viacom are both owned by 91-year-old Sumner Redstone and his National Amusement Inc. vehicle. The New York Post reported Moonves wants to take control of that shareholding. Viacom’s […]

Viacom CEO Dauman extends contract

Philippe Dauman has extended his contract as president and CEO of US media giant Viacom by another two years. Dauman, heavily tipped to inherit Sumner Redstone’s empire upon the 91-year-old mogul’s passing, will remain in his post until December 31, 2018 after signing the new deal. Viacom operates cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central […]