• Viacom

    The Pot Calling The Kettle Viacom

    No one is safe from infringing on Viacom’s copyrights. Take this latest example, from BoingBoing: Christopher Knight made three commercials as part of his campaign to run for a seat on the Rockingham County Board of Education. He posted them on YouTube. Viacom’s VH1 ran one of the commercials on its show Web Junk 2.0, […]

    / Aug 30, 2007 at 1:44 PM
  • Media, Viacom

    MTV Continues To Be Neato, Swell, Tubular

    Just as MTV officially debates what its “M” really stands for (front-runner: Meaningless, although a close second is Mutilation, if you have ever suffered through Scarred), as people (15 years ago) were just starting to catch on to the fact that MTV doesn’t play music anymore, not that the sound of a 16-year old’s shrieks […]

    / Aug 17, 2007 at 1:28 PM
  • Viacom, YouTube

    The Threatdown, On the Stand

    The deposition request lists are out for Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against Google. Viacom wants the YouTube and Google founders on the stand. Google wants to depose Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, CEO Philippe Dauman, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Presumably Google wants to ask whether Daily Show or Colbert Report employees uploaded videos to YouTube, […]

    / Aug 15, 2007 at 11:43 AM
  • Viacom

    Shari Redstone Disinherits Herself

    Viacom heir apparent Shari Redstone is expected to leave the media conglomerate’s board after a falling out with her volatile chairman father, Sumner Redstone, the Wall Street Journal reports. In anticipation of a pending sale of all or part of the company, Viacom stock traded up 3% this morning. The Redstone acrimony seems to be […]

    / Jul 19, 2007 at 2:26 PM
  • M&A, Viacom

    The Rumor Mill: LastFM Still Being Picked Up By Viacom

    Two months ago we reported that Viacom’s executives and lawyers were in London negotiating a deal to buy LastFM, the social music network. Although the deal has still no been announced, it is still going to happen, a reliable source told DealBreaker on Friday.* The purchase price is said to be $450 million. Viacom has […]

    / Apr 23, 2007 at 10:01 AM
  • LastFM, M&A, Viacom

    LastFM Founder: No Comment On Viacom Acquisition Rumors

    LastFM’s founder refused to comment on rumors that the online music website was in negotiations to be acquired by Viacom, the blog Vecosys reported this morning. On Tuesday we reported that a well-placed source had told us that Viacom executives and lawyers were in London, where LastFM is based, to negotiate a purchase of LastFM. […]

    / Feb 23, 2007 at 9:01 AM
  • Summer, Viacom

    Redstone Swims—In The Nude—Every Afternoon.

    You probably already know this– really, how could you not– but, to wit, Sumner Redstone is a clothes-eschewing, Greek god-emulating, attention-whoring, schoolteacher-tail chasing real estate snob, and a not-dead friend of fish. Out back, next to the infinity pool, with its 50-mile views over downtown, is the hot tub where Redstone likes to shave—in the […]

    / Nov 1, 2006 at 4:00 PM
  • Google, Viacom, YouTube

    Comedy Central Versus YouTube

    The news that Google owned YouTube took down the ubiquitous Daily Show clips and other material from Comedy Central got a lot of play over the weekend. But, as TechTraderDaily noticed, it’s not at all clear that the purge is actually working. There are hundreds of Daily Show, Colbert Report and South Park clips still […]

    / Oct 30, 2006 at 12:08 PM
  • Viacom

    BREAKING(ish): And the Tom Freston Replacement Is… Salmi in @ MTV

    We’re hearing vicious unconfirmed rumors that the new head of MTV [Ed.–as in the channel] will be Mika Salmi, who is currently the CEO of Atom Entertainment (a recent MTV acquisition).** This will probably be announced Monday. Mika’s bio (from a random conference website left over from 2000): Mika founded AtomFilms in September, 1998… Prior […]

    / Oct 27, 2006 at 2:57 PM
  • Viacom

    Tom Freston Still In Denial Stage of Viacom Breakup

    Apparently recently fired Viacom executive Tom Freston is still in that stage of the break-up. You know, the part where you keep saying how great a girl she was even though she just dumped you. You had so many good times together. You’ll totally always feel “passionate” about her. Next stop is the Cole Bar […]

    / Oct 26, 2006 at 11:37 AM
  • Viacom

    Freston Leaves With Tears In His Eyes, Cash In His Pockets

    Yesterday was ousted Viacom CEO Tom Freston’s last day in the office. It was, uhm, emotional. Gawker has some nice pictures up of Freston’s final stroll out the lobby of his office flanked by chanting, applauding and weeping employees. Different pictures up on the Huffington Post. We’re sure it’s a comfort to Tom to know […]

    / Sep 8, 2006 at 1:56 PM
  • Viacom

    Crony Capitalism? Reactions to Ouster of Freston

    The Wall Street Journal is running a piece with reactions from various analysts to the announcement today that Tom Freston was being replaced as Viacom’s CEO. Only one analyst—J.P. Morgan credit analyst Kristina Sazama—gives it a positive gloss, saying the firm views “Viacom’s leadership change [as] a modest positive for the credit.” And that’s a […]

    / Sep 5, 2006 at 4:01 PM
  • Viacom

    Freston Quits: Les Moonves Does His Happy Dance?

    Rumors have long been circulating that Tom Freston and Les Moonves were engaged in pitched battle for the favor of Sumner Redstone, the controlling shareholder of both Viacom and CBS, and the investing public. The two companies split apart earlier this year, and since then the camps of each executive have been accused of leveling […]

    / Sep 5, 2006 at 9:30 AM
  • Viacom

    MTV Tried To Kill DealBreaker and All You Get Is This Lousy Picture

    Last night someone mistook us for someone who cared about music and invited us to some MTV parties. We met a totally hot girl who works for the Wilmington Trust Company–asset protection is seriously foxy–but somehow ended up in a picture with Andrew Krucoff. (P.S. We’re only posting this so that you don’t find out […]

    / Sep 1, 2006 at 2:24 PM
  • Viacom

    Area Paper Denies Buyout Rumors

    The Onion, a satirical paper based in New York and given away free in dive bars, is denying rumors that it is in negotiations with Viacom, an entertainment company based in New York that doesn’t give away very much for free at all. This important story broke in Madison, Wisconsin’s Capital Times. Unfortunately, our subscription […]

    / Jul 20, 2006 at 3:50 PM

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