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CBS’S MOONVES WOULD HAVE PAID MORE THAN NBC FOR GLOBES

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In a court filing, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has submitted a transcript of a deposition by CBS Chairman Les Moonves in which he said that he had informed HFPA President Philip Berk that he was prepared to pay $25 million over five years for rights to the Golden Globes Awards. “It was an opening […]

MOONVES: EVEN BAD FOOTBALL GAMES GET GOOD RATINGS

December 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Television executives love football fans. Unlike TV shows that require dozens of producers, writers, focus groups, and public relations personnel to become successful, football requires none of that. “The NFL is an unbelievable property,” CBS chief Les Moonves told a media conference in New York on Tuesday. “You see it in the ratings: Even a […]

KUTCHER REPLACING SHEEN IN TABLOIDS, TOO

November 18, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Not only has Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on CBS’s Two and a Half Men, he now appears to be getting Sheen-like coverage in the tabloids and Internet gossip sites. On Thursday, about three weeks after a woman claimed that she had sex with Kutcher, Demi Moore announced that she was divorcing him. “There are […]

CBS FILMS: MOONVES ADMITS IT GIVES NETWORK A BLACK EYE

November 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The strategy behind CBS Films had been simplicity itself: make a small number of quality low-budget movies and hope that a few of them would generate excitement — and ticket sales — at the box office. The problem is that after four years, the company has yet to have a hit — and its last […]

CBS ADROITLY ROWS CW DOWN THE STREAM

November 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Thanks to recent streaming deals, The CW network may finally become profitable for its two owners, Time Warner and CBS. In a conference call with analysts on Thursday to discuss the company’s latest quarterly results, CBS chief Les Moonves said that streaming deals with companies like Netflix and Hulu represent an entirely new source of […]

NETFLIX IN TURMOIL

September 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS chief Les Moonves is apparently unconcerned about the possibility that Netflix will become a major competitor, drawing away millions of TV viewers and using the networks’ own product to do so. “We root for them so they can buy our content,” he told an audience at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills […]

NETFLIX DEAL LIFTS CBS

August 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Summertime television reruns may be bad news for viewers but the ability of CBS to move some of its older shows off the shelves and into the hands of digital distributors proved to be a boon to the broadcaster in the last quarter. The company saw its net profit more than double during the quarter, […]

CBS’S BLACK EYE IS HEALED

May 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

What a difference a year has made for CBS. Last year at this time the company reported a net loss of $26 million for the first quarter. On Tuesday it reported a first-quarter net gain of $202 million. “Every single segment of CBS is performing at extremely high levels,” CBS chief Les Moonves said during […]

CBS BUYS TV AGGREGATOR SITE CLICKER

March 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS has bought the company responsible for Clicker.com, a kind of TV Guide listing all of the shows available on the Internet (and other long-form videos), and made its founder head of CBS Interactive. Jim Lanzone, who had previous served as CEO of Ask.com, will succeed Neal Ashe, who took over the unit when CBS […]

CBS MAKES STRONG COMEBACK

February 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS Corp. reported on Wednesday that its net income rose in its fourth quarter to $283 million, up a whopping 381 percent from the $58.8 million it reported during the comparable quarter a year ago. In a conference call, CBS CEO Les Moonves said that the principal spur to the rise was revenue from its […]

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