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Les Moonves

Leslie Moonves (/ˈmuːnvɛz/; born October 6, 1949) is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. Moonves served as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom, Inc., the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005. Prior to that he had been in a series of executive positions for CBS since July 1995. He is also one of the Board of Directors at ZeniMax Media. Moonves was born in New York City and grew up in Valley Stream, New York. He attended Valley Stream Central High School and went to Bucknell University, graduating in 1971. In his sophomore year he realized he hated the sciences, so he switched his major to Spanish and acted in a few plays. Moonves had previous upper management experience early in his business career. He was in charge of first-run syndication and pay/cable programming at 20th Century Fox Television. Another position he held at 20th Century Fox Television was Vice President of movies and mini-series. Other previous positions he held include Vice President of development at Saul Ilson Productions (in association with Columbia Pictures Television) and a development executive for Catalina

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CBS Honcho Les Moonves -- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao = Gold Mine! ... 'Hoping Fight Happens'

CBS Honcho Les Moonves
Manny vs. Floyd = Gold Mine! 'Hoping Fight Happens'

CBS honcho Les Moonves says he's "hoping" Floyd Mayweather signs the contract to fight Manny Pacquiao ... telling TMZ Sports it would make "a lot of money for everybody."Of course, CBS owns… READ MORE >

CBS Honcho Les Moonves -- Hey Rihanna, No Hard Feelings

CBS Honcho Les Moonves
Hey Rihanna, No Hard Feelings

Les Moonves isn't fretting over the blow back he got by pulling the plug on a segment featuring Rihanna for the opening of Thursday night football ... because he scored where it… READ MORE >

- 161 days ago
Les Moonves -- Dodgy on 'Late Late Show' Host

Les Moonves
Dodgy on 'Late Late Show' Host

CBS honcho Les Moonves is normally a straight shooter, but he carefully danced around the rumors he's picked a new host of "The Late Late Show." Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, were leaving… READ MORE >

- 210 days ago
Les Moonves -- President Obama Was Right to Bail on Jimmy Kimmel

Les Moonves
Barack Was Right to Bail On Kimmel

Network rivalries aside, CBS honcho Les Moonves thinks President Barack Obama had no choice but to cancel his planned appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." TMZ broke the story ... the  Prez was… READ MORE >

- 224 days ago
Les Moonves -- Congrats to Netflix! Chelsea Handler's Comedy is Just Too Raw for CBS

Les Moonves
Congrats to Netflix ... Chelsea's Just Too Raw for CBS

It sounds like Chelsea Handler was never in the mix to replace David Letterman or Craig Ferguson ... because CBS head honcho Les Moonves says her comedy isn't a great fit for broadcast TV.Moonves… READ MORE >

- 255 days ago
Julie Chen's Barbara Walters Impression -- I Can Do Baba Wawa, Too! [VIDEO]

Julie Chen
I Can Do Baba Wawa Too!

Watch out, Cheri Oteri -- we have a new challenger for best Barbara Walters impersonator ... and it's ... Julie Chen?Our photog caught up with Chen and hubby Les Moonves outside of Craig's in West… READ MORE >

- 288 days ago
Julie Chen -- I'm Reclaiming My Asian-ness!

Julie Chen
I'm Reclaiming My Asian-ness!

Julie Chen is going back to her Chinese roots -- giving her maiden name top billing ... over Les Moonves no less!When Julie married CBS honcho Leslie Moonves back in 2004, she changed her legal… READ MORE >

- 397 days ago
CBS Honcho Les Moonves -- The Daytime Emmy Awards Were a TRAIN WRECK

CBS Honcho Les Moonves
The Daytime Emmys Were a TRAIN WRECK

Les Moonves knows good TV when he sees it -- but he can also spot a turd ... and the CBS honcho told TMZ the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show was a bona fide stinker. Les had his own table at… READ MORE >

- 624 days ago
CBS Honcho -- Angus T. Jones Outburst Is NOTHING Compared to Charlie Sheen's

CBS Honcho
Angus Outburst Is NOTHING Compared to Sheen's

Damage control on Angus T. Jones' vitriolic outburst against "Two and a Half Men" was a walk in the park ... at least in comparison to Charlie Sheen's epic meltdown last year -- so says CBS honcho… READ MORE >

- 820 days ago
Les Moonves -- NBC Is Doing a 'Great Job' Covering the Olympics

Les Moonves
NBC's Doing a 'Great Job' Covering the Olympics

Not everyone hates NBC's controversial coverage of the 2012 Olympics ... in fact, the network just got HIGH PRAISE from its rival ... CBS President Les Moonves. Les and his wife -- "Big Brother"… READ MORE >

- 945 days ago

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