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Could Trek’s Parents Get Back Together?

Serious speculation on re-merging Viacom, CBS under Les Moonves

Divorces aren’t always forever. But if CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures parent Viacom Inc., do indeed decide to get back together, it won’t be out of love … but instead, necessity. With family members and company executives battling over control of the majority shares in both companies owned by 93-year-old Sumner Redstone, some serious talk has started that might aim the two separate companies toward undoing the 2006 split, and re-merging Viacom and CBS. That would have a tremendous impact on a good portion of Hollywood — especially as a combined CBS/Viacom would clearly …
 | Jun-1-2016 | 
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Not Everyone Happy About New Trek On CBS All Access

EXCLUSIVE: One affiliate fears the network is jumping over them unfairly

CBS Corp. is excited about its new Star Trek series, which debuts in January. But at least one CBS affiliate isn’t. “Star Trek is the hottest property CBS has. If they’re bringing it back to TV, we should get a chance to share it,” the source told 1701News. Because of their position with the affiliate, and contractual obligations between the affiliate and CBS, they asked that neither their name nor location is used. “CBS is jumping over the affiliates, and keeping all the glory on this one to themselves. It’s like Disney or Lucasfilm or (whomever) jumping over the theaters an …
 | Apr-6-2016 | 
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Les Moonves New Chair Of CBS Corp.

Replaces longtime leader Sumner Redstone for company that partially controls Star Trek

The company that co-owns the rights to Star Trek has a new king. Les Moonves, the former Warner Bros. chief who has led CBS Corp. since 2006 as its chief executive officer, will now take over as chairman of the board as well. He replaces major shareholder Sumner Redstone, who at 92 has been the subject of a lawsuit that challenged whether he still had the mental capacity to run a $23 billion company. Although the line of succession was not a surprise, it was unclear whether Redstone’s daughter, Shari Redstone, would take over once her father stepped down. In fact, the CBS b …
 | Feb-3-2016 | 
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CBS All Access ‘Future’ Of Television

Les Moonves touts new Star Trek series at Cannes Lions

It took a while to convince him to pull the trigger, but once he did, Les Moonves said he was sold. The CBS chairman touted his company’s CBS All Access streaming service, saying it and other “over-the-top” services are the future. And the new Star Trek series launching in January will pave the way for Moonves’ app. “You will want to pay $5.99 to get Star Trek, and that will get the ball rolling,” Moonves told a crowd at the Cannes Lions festival in France, according to the New York Post. “We want to offer you something you can’t get anywhere else. What better way to …
 | Jul-1-2016 | 
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Following Trek On CBS All Access: ‘Good Wife’ Spinoff

Streaming service may be close to announcing second original series

We all knew CBS All Access wasn’t going to stop at a new Star Trek series for its streaming service. in fact, the media company has had its eye on releasing an original series every quarter, to keep subscribers interested in digging out $6 a month to keep it. So what might follow Star Trek after it ends its first season in the spring? Think “The Good Wife.” Or, think more specifically a “Good Wife” spinoff. The popular court drama ended its run on CBS last week after the show’s creators, Robert King and Michelle King, decided they didn’t want to continue as showrunners. The …
 | May-13-2016 | 
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Trek TV: Network Way, Not Netflix Way

CBS confirms viewers won’t be able to binge-watch Star Trek right away

CBS Corp. might be jumping into a new medium by launching an original series on a Netflix-like platform. But that doesn’t mean CBS All Access is turning into Netflix. Instead, when Trekkies and subscribers tune in to the new Star Trek series in January, they won’t get to binge every episode over a long weekend. In fact, they’ll have to wait a full week before they can see the next episode. And then a full week after that to see the third. And then a full … you get what we mean. Les Moonves, the chairman of CBS, has confirmed what many television observers knew already …
 | May-4-2016 | 
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Netflix, Amazon, Hulu All Wanted New Trek Series

Overseas sales have already paid 60 percent of show’s budget

With still nearly a year to go before CBS Corp. faces fans with its new Star Trek series, company chairman Les Moonves says the venture already looks like it’s a winning one. “The numbers internationally are pretty astronomical,” Moonves told the Morgan Stanley Technology Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco on Monday. In fact, according to Broadcasting & Cable, international sales already have paid for 60 percent of the new Trek series’ production costs. And that’s all without any of those outlets seeing a single frame from the series. “For this relatively mi …
 | Mar-1-2016 | 
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Paramount Parent Gets New Boss, Too

Sumner Redstone’s removal from decision-making jobs at both Viacom and CBS is now complete

Just a couple of days ago, CBS Corp. tried to correct months of bad publicity surrounding its chairman by replacing Sumner Redstone with longtime CBS chief Les Moonves. The transition was nowhere as contentious as some business observers had feared, believing Sumner’s daughter, Shari Redstone, might vie for the spot. Instead, she not only declined the job but made the nomination for Moonves’ ascension herself. The same can’t be said with the other company that holds the rights to …
 | Feb-4-2016 | 
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