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James B. Stewart ; Rachel Abrams

Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy

Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy

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The shocking inside story of the struggle for power and control of the multibillion media empire helmed by the Redstone family, along with news breaking accounts of corporate warfare, family rifts, sexual misconduct allegations, dirty players, and major settlements, 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--a lawsuit that brought Sumner's deteriorating health and questionable judgement to light. His daughter 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 who for decades had heard Sumner bemoan his daughter's ideas. Les Moonves, the popular CEO of CBS, was particularly incensed; scheming with his allies on the board, he worked to strip Shari of power. But while he publicly battled Shari, news began to leak that Moonves was being investigated for several instances of sexual assault; fearing for his job, Moonves began working behind the scenes to try to make the stories disappear.

Unscripted is an explosive and unvarnished look at the usually-secret inner workings of two public companies, their boards of directors, and a wealthy family in the throes of seismic changes. Through the microcosm of this company, whose once victorious business model of cable fees and ticket sales is crumbling under the assault of technological advances, and whose workplace is undergoing radical change in the wake of #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and a distaste for the old guard, New York Times reporters James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams lay bare the battle for power at any price--and the carnage that ensued.
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