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CBS Corporation: president and CEO Leslie Moonves to stay until February 2015

Staff writer | New York, USA | February 24, 2010
Leslie MoonvesFebruary 24, 2010, New York, USA - CBS Corporation announced a new employment agreement with president and chief executive officer Leslie Moonves which extends his employment with the the corporation through February 22, 2015.
Mr. Moonves he oversees all operations of the company, including the CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, Simon & Schuster, CBS Interactive, CBS Home Entertainment and CBS Films.

Prior to the Viacom separation in 2005, Mr. Moonves served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom and Chairman of CBS, overseeing all of Viacom's domestic and international broadcast television operations, radio division and outdoor advertising operations. Mr. Moonves was promoted to Chairman and CEO of CBS in 2003, and prior to that, was President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Television, a position he was elevated to in April 1998.

Mr. Moonves joined CBS in July 1995 as President, CBS Entertainment. Mr. Moonves joined CBS from Warner Bros. Television, where as President, he oversaw a television division that supplied the greatest number of programs to network television for nine consecutive years. Mr. Moonves had been President of Warner Bros. Television since July 1993, when Warner Bros. and Lorimar Television combined operations.

From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Moonves had been President of Lorimar Television. He joined the company in 1985 as executive in charge of its movies and mini-series, and became head of creative affairs in 1988. Earlier in his career, Mr. Moonves was Vice President of movies and mini-series for Twentieth Century Fox Television, where he was also in charge of first-run syndication and pay/cable programming.

Upon graduation from Bucknell University, Mr. Moonves pursued an acting career at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, studying under the renowned Sanford Meisner. Mr. Moonves performed in numerous stage and television productions before opting to produce plays on Broadway and in Los Angeles.

Mr. Moonves is a member of the NCAA Advisory Board, the board of directors of the Los Angeles Free Clinic and the board of trustees of the Entertainment Industries Council. Mr. Moonves is a trustee of the National Council for Families and Television and of the American Film Institute and is past president of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. Mr. Moonves is also co-chair of the Los Angeles Board of Governors of The Paley Center for Media.

In March 2003, Mr. Moonves was honored by the International Radio and Television Society as the recipient of the Gold Medal Award, one of the most prestigious honors in media and entertainment. Since joining CBS, Mr. Moonves has also been named Variety's Showman of the Year and Entertainment Weekly's Most Powerful Man in Hollywood and received the Casting Society of America's Career Achievement Award.

Mr. Moonves is also a past recipient of the American Jewish Committee's Sherrill Corwin Award, given to outstanding leaders in the entertainment and communications industry.