In this week’s paper:
Let The Transom take you deep inside the first world, where Viacom king Tom Freston does a mean downward-facing dog; where any public interest in the shooting of The Devil Wears Prada evaporates when Meryl Streep isn’t on set; where Jesse Eisenberg, the young star of The Squid and the Read More
On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25, in a television studio in the Hunan province of China, Viacom chief executive Sumner Redstone was presented with a ceremonial Chinese sword at the end of a half-hour interview with the local Sino-version of Oprah Winfrey.
“The sword represents success and ambition,” a stylishly coiffed, Armani-clad woman told Mr. Read More
Sumner Redstone, the 81-year-old chairman, chief executive and largest shareholder of Viacom, was insistent that he did not ask Mel Karmazin to leave his post as Viacom’s president and chief operating officer, and praised Mr. Karmazin’s “enormous contributions” to the company. But one might be forgiven for wondering if he was less than sincere.
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Last week MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom and home to MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon, began distributing sleek, blue biker-style satchels to some 2,000 lucky employees who work in its high-profile offices in Times Square. The arrival of goodie bags does not usually cause much of a stir in the swag-happy hallways of MTV, but Read More
Displaying a rare degree of unanimity last week, the chief executives of the Walt Disney Company, AOL Time Warner, News Corporation and Viacom all cited recent events as the explanation for dramatic reductions in their previous “guidance” to Wall Street regarding their earnings in 2001 and 2002.
Each company fingered as the primary culprit Read More
The second-story man had placed additional stolen property by a window inside the location, leading police to believe he’d been interrupted.
For some burglars, breaking into an apartment building isn’t enough. They need more of a challenge-say a diplomatic mission bristling with fences and alarms and closed-circuit TV cameras. That’s what happened on April Read More
Several times a week, my son’s nanny gives me the same
advice in her lilting Trinidadian: “Nina, why don’t you go on that show? You
could win a million dollars. I just have a feeling you could win it.” She’s
very superstitious, and when she says she has a feeling, it sometimes makes the
back Read More
In the short period
between being elected and being sworn in as a Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton
has already orchestrated two separate, multimillion-dollar deals that raise
serious questions about her personal ethics and her political loyalty to New
York. Rather than accept her election as a United States Senator with at least a hint of Read More
You don’t have to be a hypocritical Clinton-hater to be concerned about Hillary Clinton’s lucrative relationship with Viacom.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s $8 million book contract has been greeted with what might be called the usual hypocrisy. The same Republican conservatives who defended (or discreetly ignored) the $4.5 million publishing contract signed by Newt Gingrich in Read More
It’s not every day that the publisher of All the President’s Men takes a back seat to a Great America theme park, but Sept. 7 was such a day for Simon & Schuster. That was when New Yorkers found a new media superpower, spawned by Viacom Inc. and the CBS Corporation and wriggling into the Read More