WASHINGTON • It is tough to think about a TV govt and a community extra intertwined than Leslie Moonves and CBS.
He remodeled the community over the previous 20 years, constructing it right into a scores powerhouse. CBS has been the No. 1 community in complete viewers for 10 consecutive years. Along the best way, he grew to become some of the highly effective males in tv.
But the CBS Corp chief govt and chairman, who was paid US$69.three million (S$94.four million) final 12 months, has come underneath the highlight because the CBS board of administrators stated final Friday it might examine allegations of misconduct in opposition to him.
In an investigative piece by journalist Ronan Farrow printed in The New Yorker final Friday, six ladies accused Moonves of sexual harassment and intimidation.
Moonves, 68, stated in an announcement to The New Yorker that he recognised that “there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected – and abided by the principle – that ‘no’ means ‘no’, and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career”.
Farrow beforehand printed a Pulitzer Prize-winning report about now-disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, which contributed to the producer’s downfall.
Moonves began within the business by attempting his hand at appearing. He moved to Los Angeles within the 1970s and acquired a number of TV roles.
“I was mediocre,” he instructed CNN in 2006.
So he went into the business facet and acquired a job with the producer of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
By 1993, he was named president of Warner Brothers Television, the place he helped develop large hits resembling ER and Friends.
Then he headed to CBS in 1995, when the community was third within the scores amongst huge broadcasters and a frequent punchline about its older viewership.
In 1998, Moonves introduced soccer again to the community. Two years later, Survivor and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered and have become hits.
Under his watch, CBS additionally began churning out vastly common sitcoms, from Everybody Loves Raymond to Two And A Half Men to The Big Bang Theory.
In a 2005 profile, The New York Times described one in every of his keys to success as “understanding what the audience wants – sometimes even before it knows it wants it”.
“Americans do not like dark,” Moonves instructed the paper about deciding in regards to the TV line-up.
And the outlet described his tv tastes: “In his shows, he likes the men alpha and handsome and the women smart and beautiful, and he wants little personal complexity: happy endings are imperative.”
Soon, CBS dominated the scores game with an iron fist. In 2006, New York Times reporter Bill Carter’s ebook, Desperate Networks, declared that Moonves “engineered one of the most spectacular turnarounds in television history”.
The ebook quoted a rival community govt as saying that his accomplishments over a decade had been “as worthy of major applause as anything anybody has done in the past quarter century”.
CBS Corp additionally controls Showtime and shares the CW Television Network with Warner Bros.
Shortly after he took over at Showtime about 2006, the premium cable channel launched an period of such essential hits as Weeds and Dexter. The CW launched on the similar time and slowly constructed a loyal younger viewers, notably with its superhero dramas.
Those who work for him have been rewarded for his or her loyalty, a 2014 Hollywood Reporter profile famous.
“Qualities that historically have rankled the CBS chief include dishonesty, disloyalty and a desire for the spotlight, with insiders noting that the men who have thrived under Moonves, a classic alpha male, tend to be egoless,” the story stated.
It added that “the women often have had bigger personalities”.
In 2004, Moonves married Julie Chen, who was then co-host of the community’s Early Show.
She is now the moderator on the daytime chatfest The Talk and hosts the fact competitors sequence Big Brother.
Recently, he has been locked in a battle over the way forward for the company with Ms Shari Redstone, who owns the controlling shares of Viacom and CBS Corp by way of her entity, National Amusements, and desires to recombine the 2 corporations that cut up up in 2006.
“The timing of this report comes in the midst of the company’s very public legal dispute,” CBS stated in an announcement to the Hollywood Reporter final Friday.
“While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members.”