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Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy by James B Stewart, Rachel Abrams

Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy by James B Stewart, Rachel Abrams

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From Penguin Books

A New York Times Bestseller

The shocking inside story of the struggle for power and control of Paramount, the multibillion entertainment empire controlled by the Redstone family, and the dysfunction, misconduct, and deceit that threatened the future of the company, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who first broke the news
In 2016, the fate of Paramount – the media empire that includes Viacom, CBS, and Simon & Schuster – hung precariously in the balance. Its founder and head, 93 year old Sumner Redstone, was facing a very public lawsuit brought by a former romantic companion, Manuela Herzer—she, along with another of his girlfriends, Sydney Holland, had tried to influence the aging media mogul to cut off his own family and hand over his bank accounts and controlling shares. After their machinations came to light, Herzer was excised from the will, and Sumner’s daughter, Shari Redstone, took charge of her father’s care.

But Herzer’s lawsuit brought Sumner’s deteriorating health – and questionable judgement – to light, and Sumner was forced to step down from his role as executive chairman. Shari, whose relationship with Sumner had been less than warm, took control of her father’s business, to the frustration of the board and management. Les Moonves, the popular CEO of CBS, was particularly incensed; scheming with his allies on the board, he called to strip Shari of power. But while he publicly battled Shari, news began to leak that Moonves was being investigated for sexual assault; fearing for his job, Moonves began to backchannel with a down on his luck talent scout, in the hopes that finding roles at CBS for his accusers might make the story disappear.

UNSCRIPTED is an explosive and unvarnished look at the usually-secret inner workings of two public companies and a wealthy family in the throes of seismic changes—both in their business model and their workplace. In this deeply reported book, New York Times reporters James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams lay bare the battle for power at any price—and the carnage that ensued.