CBS CEO Leslie Moonves on Ashton Kutcher Contract Talks, Keith Olbermann's Future and the One Note He Gives Wife Julie Chen (Q&A)
HOW MOONVES MOVED UP
- 1949: Born in New York, where he is raised with two siblings by a nurse mother and father who owns gas stations.
- 1971: Graduates fromBucknell University before moving to Manhattan, where he kick-starts his acting career at N.Y.'s Neighborhood Playhouse and tends bar at Tavern on the Green (longtime home to CBS' upfront afterparty).
- 1977: Moves to Los Angeles, where he appears in TV shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man and Cannon before shifting into a development role at Saul Ilson Productions.
- 1983: Joins 20th Century Fox, where he produces movies and miniseries, including one based on Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises.
- 1989: Tapped as president of Lorimar TV, where he oversees series like the long-running NBC drama Sisters.
- 1993: Becomes president of Warner Bros. TV. A year later, he sells 22 series, including NBC breakouts Friends and ER.
- 1995: Moonves is named president of entertainment at CBS, in last place at the time. By 1999, the network finishes No. 1 in viewers. The next year, CBS launches Survivor and CSI.
- 2005: Newly remarried, Moonves is named CEO of CBS Corp. following the CBS/Viacom split. By 2011, CBS finishes the year as the largest-growing media stock for a third straight year.
- 2012: CBS is poised to round out the season No. 1 in total viewers for the ninth time in 10 years.