Redstone pans gold at Gotham fete

Celebs, industry stalwarts honor Viacom chairman

Heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield, characters from “Rugrats” and “South Park,” New Yorker editor Tina Brown and CBS chairman Michael Jordan were among those honoring Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone Tuesday night at the Intl. Radio & Television Society’s annual Gold Medal Award dinner in Gotham.

Emceed by “Star Trek Voyager” star Kate Mulgrew, the evening also featured a speech from “Love Boat: The Next Wave” star Robert Urich, a videotaped greeting from Ted Turner and a “Pop-Up Video” guide for Redstone, who brought his family along for the occasion.

Speakers such as Brown highlighted Viacom’s comeback over the past year, while Holyfield — a star attraction on Viacom’s “Showtime” premium channel — told the showbiz audience at the Waldorf-Astoria that he and Redstone bore many similarities ranging from their past underdog status to the size of their bank accounts.

“We both have a lot of money,” Holyfield said.

In response, Redstone noted that “this is a wonderful time in the life of Viacom.” Indeed, Viacom’s stock price has almost doubled over the past six months, reflecting the success being enjoyed by Viacom’s various businesses.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety