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Producers encouraged as CBS buys Ten

Australian producers have reacted with support for a deal that will see US broadcaster CBS acquire Network Ten. The deal was announced yesterday, after CBS effectively decided to convert large debts Ten owed into an equity stake. Others such as Lachlan Murdoch had been circling the struggling business. Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner said […]

CBS extends Les Moonves’ contract until 2021

US media giant CBS Corp has extended chief executive Leslie Moonves’ contract for an additional two years — meaning he will now remain in charge until at least 2021. Moonves, who joined CBS in 1995, will be 71 years-old at that time, though no one is ruling out the possibility of further extensions. Even if […]

Moonves backed at CBS as Viacom fight looms

Shari Redstone has backed Les Moonves to “lead CBS into the digital future” after he was nominated to succeed her father as chairman of the US broadcaster, amid growing speculation over Viacom’s future. Moonves, currently president and CEO of CBS, is to become its chairman, with Sumner Redstone, 92, who controls both CBS and Viacom […]

Nevins to succeed Blank at Showtime

One of the longest serving CEOs in American television is about to hand over the reins. Matt Blank (left) is stepping down as chief executive of Showtime on January 1, 2016 and handing the role to president and creative chief David Nevins (below, right), who will then carry both titles. Nevins new contract extends his […]

Redstone successor ‘decided by trust’

CBS and Viacom owner Sumner Redstone has played down suggestions to will hand the keys to his empire to daughter Shari, and instead said a decision will be made by a seven-member trust. The 92-year-old mogul has been wrestling with succession plans for some time, while several US media reports this week suggested his thinking […]

Nina Tassler upped at CBS

Nina Tassler has been elevated to chairman of CBS Entertainment. The promotion comes as Tassler signs a new deal with CBS that will see her contracted to the company until 2017. She was previous president. In the new expanded role the CBS exec will oversee the entertainment programming across the CBS broadcast network including development […]

CBS buys 50% stake in TV Guide Network

CBS has acquired a 50% stake in US cable network TV Guide Network, which will now be run as a joint venture with Lionsgate. The companies have announced have entered into a 50/50 partnership for TVGN and the TVGuide.com website. They plan to keep the channel, which is available in around 80 million homes, entertainment-focused […]