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Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy | James B Stewart, Rachel Abrams
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"Addicted to Succession? Well, here's the real thing." - The Hollywood Reporter The shocking inside story of the struggle for power and control at Paramount Global, the multibillion-dollar entertainment empire controlled by the Redstone family, and the dysfunction, misconduct, and deceit that threatened the future of the company, from the Pulitzer Prizewinning journalists who first broke the news In 2016, the fate of Paramount Globalthe multibillion-dollar entertainment empire that includes Paramount, CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Showtime, and Simon & Schusterhung precariously in the balance. Its founder and head, ninety-three-year-old Sumner M. Redstone, was facing a very public lawsuit brought by a former romantic companion, Manuela Herzera lawsuit that placed Sumners deteriorating health and questionable judgment under a harsh light. As one of the last in a long line of all-powerful media moguls, Sumner had been a relentlessly demanding boss, and an even more demanding father. When his daughter, Shari, took control of her fathers business, she faced the hostility of boards and management who for years had heard Sumner disparage her. Les Moonves, the popular CEO of CBS, felt particularly threatened and schemed with his allies on the board to strip Shari of power. But while he publicly battled Shari, news began to leak that Moonves had been involved in multiple instances of sexual misconduct, and he began working behind the scenes to try to make the stories disappear. Unscripted is an explosive and unvarnished look at the usually secret inner workings of two public companies, their boards of directors, and a wealthy, dysfunctional family in the throes of seismic changes, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams. Through the microcosm of Paramount, whose once victorious business model of cable fees and ticket sales is crumbling under the assault of technological advances, and whose workplace is undergoing radical change in the wake of #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and a distaste for the old guard, Stewart and Abrams lay bare the battle for power at any priceand the carnage that ensued.
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This was wild! Sumner Redstone is the 90-year-old chairman of the company that controls the US TV network CBS and Paramount movie studio. He is in ill health and can barely speak but was still running them. For several years, access to him was completely controlled by two girlfriends who his family alleges were committing elder abuse. This book is the fight between these women and his daughter for control of him and these companies.

Cinfhen I‘ve heard crazy stories about Sumner Redstone - this sounds like my jam!! #Stacked 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen excited for you to try it! The audio is great! 1mo
BarbaraBB You‘re becoming a specialist in the subject of entertainment industry! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I am! It was definitely a vibe last week! 😊 1mo
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