Sumner Redstone Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Viacom owner Sumner Redstone, 88, earned the 2,467th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at an Apr. 30 ceremony in front of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. "He looked terrific," said producer Robert Evans, who attended the ceremony along with CBS CEO Les Moonves, Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey, and producers Brian Grazer and Arnold Kopelson. "There were 100 people, maybe more. It was a real Hollywood morning," says Evans. "Hollywood good, you know what I'm saying? Like old-time Hollywood." Evans noted that he, Grazer, and AC Lyles all have Walk of Fame stars very close to Redstone's.
In words akin to former Paramount chair Sherry Lansing's tribute to Redstone in the Apr. 6 THR, Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman called Redstone "the King of Content," and compared him to Adolph Zukor, who also began in exhibition, founding Paramount a century ago. Zukor lived to be 103. "Sumner shaped the modern media industry based entirely on his own brilliance and foresight," said Dauman. Redstone gave a speech about three minutes long, remarking on his long road from Boston's cobblestone streets to Hollywood's Walk of Fame. "I want to thank everyone for the star, for the honor and I want to thank you for your presence."
"There was a very festive lunch afterwards," says Evans. "Sumner's contribution to the entertainment industry is incalculable," Kopelson tells THR. "He has well earned his star for all to remember his greatness."