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Sumner Redstone Will Not Be Deposed in Suit Against Ex-Companions

A judge ruled Friday that Viacom mogul Sumner Redstone will not have to face a deposition in his ongoing legal battle with two ex-companions.

Attorneys for the 93-year-old Redstone argued that he is in extremely frail health, and can barely communicate beyond simple “yes” or “no” replies. 233 more words

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Viacom CEO Taps Julia Phelps For New Communications & Culture Position

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish’s just made his latest move to revamp the entertainment power by appointing Julia Phelps to a new position: SVP of Communications & Culture. 135 more words

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Julia Phelps Named Senior VP, Communications & Culture

Viacom named Julia Phelps as its senior vice president, communications and culture, a newly created role at the New York entertainment conglomerate, which controls the Paramount movie studio, Nickelodeon and MTV, among other assets. 211 more words

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Netflix and Internet Video Pals Are Winning Big From Cord Cutting

As the debate over just how quickly consumers are abandoning pay TV and “cutting the cord” rages on, pay Internet video services are growing fast. 311 more words

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Viacom International Media Networks Buys Majority Stake in Brazil’s Porta dos Fundo

RIO DE JANEIRO — Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) announced Wednesday an agreement to buy a majority stake in Brazil-based, indie comedy content producer Porta dos Fundos, the owner of a global top 10 most-subscribed entertainment YouTube channel. 297 more words

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Comedy Central Chief Talks Late-Night Plans, Reggie Watts' New Game Show

Comedy Central is readying three new series and a broader set of late-night options in an effort to, with a singular goal in mind, according to the Viacom network’s top executive: “We are opening our aperture, so we are appealing to more than just a young, white male audience,” said Kent Alterman, the cable network’s president. 1,041 more words

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Cable Nets May Sell $20 Streaming Bundle; Hulu To Charge $40 For Live TV

The TV rumor mill is whirring with news that some of the biggest cable networks may follow Hulu’s lead, joining together to sell streaming content directly to viewers. 525 more words

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