Tom Freston

  1. Tom Freston, Fired From Viacom for Failing to Buy Myspace in 2005, 'Smiling' Over Sale

    June 30, 2011 4:07 PM EDT Six years ago, Myspace was the darling of the Internet, a fast growing company that many larger organizations were vying to make a crown jewel in their business. Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation won the race, acquiring the company in 2005 for $ ...

  2. Judy McGrath Left MTV the Day After 'Electric Barbarellas' Premiere -- Coincidence?

    May 05, 2011 6:45 PM EDT You may recall that last year, MTV Networks CEO/Chairman Judy McGrath -- who stepped down today after 30 years at the company - was engaged in a battle of the wills with Sumner Redstone over a reality show involving a scantily clad, all-female gro ...

  3. Vice Media Secures Investments From Tom Freston, Others

    April 05, 2011 7:41 AM EDT Vice Media Inc., the company spawned from a Montreal-based punk magazine that now includes music, film and book divisions, has secured investments from a trio of heavy hitters in an effort to boost its expanding business. The company is set to ann ...

  4. Sun Valley Confab Kicks Off

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment industry power players have descended on Sun Valley, Idaho, for the annual post-July 4 tradition known as summer camp for moguls. Several hundred media and tech execs, financial types, agents, lawyers and assorted sports, entertainme ...

  5. MTVN Exec Shake-Up

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST According to reports, MTV Networks' president and COO Michael Wolf will exit the company in February, a mere 15 months after assuming the position. Also exiting MTVN is Nicole Browning, president of affiliate sales and marketing, who's b ...

  6. MTV Cuts Hit Asia Pac

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Robbins out, 84 sacked in Singapore. MTV Networks Asia Pacific on Wednesday (Oct. 11) confirmed a wide-ranging reorganization based on decentralization of regional functions and corporate roles. Billboard.biz reported the restructuring on Oct. 9. ...

  7. Sources: Shake-up Looming At MTV Asia

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Asia Pacific is on the verge of a wide-ranging restructuring across the region that could see upward of 100 job losses in its Singapore head office, including president Nigel Robbins, acc MTV Networks Asia Pacific is on the verge of a ...

  8. Freston Exits Viacom, Dauman Takes Over

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Exec resigns after 26 years. Tom Freston, president/CEO of MTV parent Viacom, has resigned after 26 years service, the company's board of directors said on Monday (Sept. 4). In his place the board has appointed Philippe Dauman as president an ...

  9. Google, MTV Team For Video Deal

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In a further reach for online video, Google Inc will begin distributing clips from MTV Networks' shows to other Web sites through its budding video service in a model that offers content creators a ne In a further reach for online video, Goog ...

  10. Klein Splits With EMI

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Exec recruited to drive digital opportunities. Adam Klein, the executive tasked with defining EMI's global digital course, has split with the company. London-based Klein joined EMI in November 2004 as executive VP of strategy and business dev ...

  11. Klein Splits With EMI

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Adam Klein, the executive tasked with defining EMI's global digital course, has split with the company. Adam Klein, the executive tasked with defining EMI's global digital course, has split with the company. London-based Klein joined EMI ...

  12. Sources: MTV Cuts 100 Staff

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks has laid off close to 100 employees, with the cuts affecting multiple divisions and staffers at all levels of the Viacom Inc.-owned company, sources say. MTV Networks has laid off close to 100 employees, with the cuts affecting multip ...

  13. MTV Helps Viacom Post Profit

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Wolf appointed MTV pres/COO. Viacom Inc. reported a higher-than-expected third-quarter profit today (Nov. 2) as increased advertising sales at its MTV cable networks and the "War of the Worlds" box-office release offset a slump at the te ...

  14. MTV Networks Buys Neopets

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As it continues to expand and strengthen its Web business, Viacom unit MTV Networks said June 20 it has acquired NeoPets, the operator of a fast-growing youth community on the Internet. NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- As it continues to expan ...

  15. Viacom Board Approves Split

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The board of Viacom Inc. has unanimously approved the split of the company into two separately traded entities, the entertainment giant said June 14. The split is expected to be completed in the first NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The board ...

  16. Viacom Board Approves Split

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The board of Viacom Inc. has unanimously approved the split of the company into two separately traded entities, the entertainment giant said Tuesday afternoon (June 14). The split is expected to be co The board of Viacom Inc. has unanimously appro ...

  17. Moonves: CBS Would Benefit From Split-off

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Viacom co-president and co-chief operating officer Leslie Moonves assured CBS affiliates at their annual conference here that the network stands to benefit should Viacom be split up into two entities LAS VEGAS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Viacom co ...

  18. Viacom: Cable Split Could Occur In 2006

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc. on April 19 said a split-off of its fast-growing cable networks and film studio from its broadcast networks could come as early as the 2006 first quarter, as its quarterly operating profit (Reuters) -- Viacom Inc. on April 19 said a sp ...

  19. Viacom: Cable Split Could Occur In 2006

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Networks post 20% Q1 gains. Viacom Inc. on Tuesday (April 19) said a split-off of its fast-growing cable networks and film studio from its broadcast networks could come as early as the 2006 first quarter, as its quarterly operating profit rose on ...

  20. Viacom Is High On Technology

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Since Tom Freston and Leslie Moonves took over as co-presidents/co-COOs of Viacom Inc., the company has re-energized its focus on bringing its various content brands to new technologies to create new NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Since Tom ...

  21. Viacom Creates CBS Digital Media

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After quietly shuttering the CBS Internet Group once it acquired CBS a few years ago, Viacom Inc. has created CBS Digital Media, to be headed by MarketWatch creator Larry Kramer. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- After quietly shuttering the CBS Interne ...

  22. Hecht Resigns As Spike Boss

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Albie Hecht, president of Viacom-owned cable network Spike TV, announced his resignation Jan. 30, a move sources say could portend a shift away from the channel's male-targeted branding. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Albie Hecht, president of V ...

  23. Paramount Gets Touch Of Grey

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST With a deal finally in place, Brad Grey, one of the entertainment industry's leading talent managers, is set to make the transition to studio head by taking over the top executive post at Paramount Pi (The Hollywood Reporter) -- With a deal f ...

  24. EMI Appoints Klein To Strategic Post

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has recruited Adam Klein to the key strategic position as executive VP of strategy and business development. Based in London, Klein will assume various responsibilities from EMI Group execut EMI Music has recruited Adam Klein to the key ...

  25. EMI Appoints Klein To Strategic Post

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has recruited Adam Klein to the key strategic position as executive VP of strategy and business development. Based in London, Klein will assume various responsibilities from EMI Group execut EMI Music has recruited Adam Klein to the key ...

  26. Melee, Paramount Pact For Music-Based Movies

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Melee Entertainment, formed <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1807445">last year</A> by Bryan Turner and Scott Aronson, has reached an agreement Melee Entertainment, for ...

  27. Melee, Paramount Pact For Music-Based Movies

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Melee Entertainment, formed <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1807445">last year</A> by Bryan Turner and Scott Aronson, has reached an agreement Melee Entertainment, for ...

  28. Viacom Ups CBS' Taub To Exec VP Operations

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Viacom said yesterday (Aug. 24) that it has promoted Bruce Taub to the newly created post of executive VP of operations, as the entertainment conglomerate reshuffles managers under recently named co-p Viacom said yesterday (Aug. 24) that it has pr ...

  29. Viacom Reorganizing Operations

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc. today (July 29) said the president of its Paramount Enterprises operation would leave the company and said it would reorganize some operations under newly appointed co-president Tom Fresto Viacom Inc. today (July 29) said the president ...

  30. McGrath Named MTVN Chairman/CEO

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks has promoted Judy McGrath to chairman/CEO. She was previously MTV Networks Group president, responsible for MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central and the recently announced Logo, set to lau MTV Networks has promoted Judy McGrath to chai ...

  31. Viacom Chairman Dolgen Steps Down

    June 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Resignation follows that of prez/COO Karmazin. Jonathan Dolgen resigned as chairman of the Viacom Entertainment Group today (June 2) according to The Hollywood Reporter. The announcement comes just one day after the resignation of Viacom's pr ...

  32. Viacom President Karmazin Steps Down

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Freston, Moonves to take over for No. 2 executive. Freston, Moonves to take over for No. 2 executive. News ...

  33. Viacom President Karmazin Steps Down

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Media giant Viacom Inc.'s No. 2 executive, Mel Karmazin, will step down following several years of tense relations with Viacom chairman/CEO Sumner Redstone, the company said today (June 1). Media giant Viacom Inc.'s No. 2 executive, Mel ...