CBS CEO Leslie Moonves on Ashton Kutcher Contract Talks, Keith Olbermann's Future and the One Note He Gives Wife Julie Chen (Q&A)

 Joe Pugliese

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.
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