MIPCOM taps CBS' Moonves for honor


LONDON -- CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves has been named MIPCOM personality of the year and will be honored at a gala dinner Oct. 9 at the Cannes-based television market, organizers said Tuesday.

Moonves, who took over as president and CEO of CBS Television in 1998, is widely credited with turning around the network's sagging fortunes with such shows as "Survivor," "CSI" and "Cold Case." He became chairman and CEO of CBS Corp. after it was spun off by Viacom in 2003.

"We are delighted to honor Leslie Moonves, one of the industry's most talented leaders, as MIPCOM 2007 personality of the year," Reed MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk said. "His exceptional flair and vision have transformed CBS Corp. into the industry's pre-eminent media company and built CBS Television to become the most-watched television network in the U.S., in the process bringing hundreds of hours of viewing pleasure to millions of consumers."

Previous honorees include Time Warner president and CEO Richard Parsons, News Corp. COO Peter Chernin and RTL chief executive Gerhard Zeiler.