Shari Redstone
Courtesy of ViacomCBS
United States
2021

ViacomCBS

Shari
Redstone

Chairman

Redstone declared in 2021 that the media giant she leads is not your father¡¯s Viacom, ¡°and it¡¯s not my father¡¯s, either.¡± Indeed, while her father, Sumner Redstone, founded the original incarnation of the company, it was she who orchestrated its controversial $30 billion reunification with CBS in 2019. Post-merger, ViacomCBS is focusing on streaming with a rebranded Paramount+ and pledging to double its content spending to better compete. Redstone has shown she¡¯s unafraid to shake things up, pushing Jim Gianopulos out as studio chief in September. Meanwhile, no discussion of media M&A is complete without speculation on whether Redstone is a seller or buyer. For now, partner?ships seem her focus, as evidenced by the formation in August 2021 of the SkyShowtime joint venture with Comcast in Europe.

Career

  • ViacomCBS
  • National Amusements
  • Advancit Capital

Education

  • Tufts University (MA, USA)
  • Boston University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Shari Redstone: ViacomCBS 'Can Compete With the Best of Them'

Shari Redstone: ViacomCBS 'Can Compete With the Best of Them'

Shari Redstone is emphatic: ViacomCBS has plenty of resources and the scale to compete in the new world order for media giants."We absolutely have enough scale," Redstone said Friday morning during her Q&A held as part of the Paley Center for Media's International Council Summit in New York. "We have an incredible library. We have incredible IP. We spend over $13 billion on content. We can compete with the best of them."Redstone, the controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS, was...

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