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September 14, 2018

Moonves departure ends CBS/Viacom legal battle, Hermès share price rockets after strong half-year performance, and Grosvenor to build 30,000 homes by 2023.

Moonves departure ends CBS/Viacom legal battle

The long-running legal battle over the fate of US media groups CBS and Viacom has ended with the ousting of CBS chairman Les Moonves.

Moonves (68), a 24-year veteran of the US media companies controlled by the Redstone family, departed as chairman, president and chief executive following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. He denies the allegations.

May 6, 2016

Reckitt Benckiser CEO apologises for steriliser scandal; Kinnevik drops representatives from Rocket Internet; and Sumner Redstone trial to open with video

Reckitt Benckiser CEO apologises for steriliser scandal

Rakesh Kapoor, the non-family chief executive of British multinational consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser, has apologised for the sale of deadly disinfectants linked to fatal lung injuries in South Korea.

The apology came in the same week as Reckitt shareholders protested the chief executive’s £23.2 million ($33.6 million) pay package.

February 5, 2016

National Amusements third-gen Shari Redstone was the only vote from the board of directors at Viacom, her family’s media empire, opposing the appointment of Philippe Dauman as chairman on Thursday.

 

National Amusements third-gen Shari Redstone was the only vote from the board of directors at Viacom, her family’s media empire, opposing the appointment of Philippe Dauman as chairman on Thursday.

Her father, Sumner Redstone, 92, announced his retirement on Thursday. He had announced his retirement as chairman of the family’s other media empire CBS on Wednesday, where he will be replaced by its existing CEO and president Leslie Moonves.

February 4, 2016

Sumner Redstone’s expected resignation from family media empire Viacom today could unleash a succession battle between its non-family chief executive and his daughter, Shari, who has released a pointed statement about leadership at the company.

Sumner Redstone’s expected resignation from family media empire Viacom today could unleash a succession battle between its non-family chief executive and his daughter, Shari, who has released a pointed statement about leadership at the company.

Nonagenarian Redstone, 92, announced his retirement as chairman of the family’s other media empire CBS yesterday, where he will be replaced by its existing CEO and president Leslie Moonves.

May 8, 2015

Nonagenarian Viacom and CBS chairman Sumner Redstone has been forced to release a statement that he has no plans to retire, following media speculation he is in poor health.

Nonagenarian Viacom and CBS chairman Sumner Redstone has been forced to release a statement that he has no plans to retire, following media speculation he is in poor health.

Redstone added that despite press reports to the contrary, no decision on his successor had been made.

January 8, 2010

Shari Redstone, daughter of media mogul Sumner Redstone and president of the family-owned National Amusements, agreed to buy a chain of Russia-based theatres owned by National Amusements.

Shari Redstone, daughter of media mogul Sumner Redstone and president of the family-owned National Amusements, agreed to buy a chain of Russia-based theatres owned by National Amusements.

Shari agreed to buy Rising Star Media, the company she co-founded in 2002, with fellow co-founder Paul Heath for an as yet undisclosed amount. Shari will serve as chairman of the newly independent business, which owns the top five grossing theatres in Russia. 

December 16, 2009

Brian Roberts completed his first triathlon this year. The event that challenges participants to compete in swimming, running and cycling should be a good preparation for the 50-year-old Comcast chief executive as his cable company takes over the television and movie operations of NBC Universal.

Brian Roberts completed his first triathlon this year. The event that challenges participants to compete in swimming, running and cycling should be a good preparation for the 50-year-old Comcast chief executive as his cable company takes over the television and movie operations of NBC Universal.

December 3, 2009

Sumner Redstone, the 86-year-old head of family-owned National Amusements, has triumphed in the latest Redstone family feud to end up in the courtroom.

Sumner Redstone, the 86-year-old head of family-owned National Amusements, has triumphed in the latest Redstone family feud to end up in the courtroom.
 
Michael Redstone, Sumner's nephew, claimed he was owed millions of dollars by the family business after a share sale in 1984. However, after a trial which saw Sumner, Michael and various other family members testify, the Massachusetts Superior Court ruled against Michael and in favour of Sumner and his cinema and broadcasting company.
 

October 15, 2009

National Amusements Inc, the family-controlled cinema and broadcasting company, announced today it is to sell $945 million worth of stocks in order to repay all of its existing debts.

National Amusements Inc, the family-controlled cinema and broadcasting company, announced today it is to sell $945 million worth of stocks in order to repay all of its existing debts.
 

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