Leslie Moonves

TV movers & shakers

It’s somehow appropriate that Moonves’ New York office was once occupied by William S. Paley.

While it may be impossible for any modern executive to match the accomplishments of a network-founding legend such as Paley, Moonves comes close. At CBS, he restored the luster to a tarnished Tiffany net with hits like “Everybody Loves Raymond,” the “CSI” franchise and primetime reality granddaddy “Survivor,” while UPN has finally gained a little respect since he took over the netlet. Earlier in his career, he developed profit-making classics “ER” and “Friends” as the head of Warner Bros. Television.

His firm leadership style inspires fear in rivals and fierce loyalty in Eye net employees. Not bad for a former actor from Long Island.

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  1. Sanman$ says:

    I met Les Moonves at a Neighborhood Playhouse re-Union at Tavern On The Green in 2008. I gave him my business actor’s card and said: ‘here’s my card so that the next time we meet you’ll remember my name.’ I wrote a play about my working with morons and crazy people in the NYC Dept of Sanitation which I’m now turning into a screenplay starring me. Because it’s never too late to be what you might have been.

    • Sanman$ says:

      I’m Paul Brno and I ran into Sydney Pollack over ten times between 1996 and 2007. I gave him my picture and resume and a VHS reel. I used to ask him for even a small part in one of his movies but he never hired me. He knew that I went to the Neighborhood Playhouse with Diane Keaton. She help me either even though I took her to the movies twice when we were acting students in 1966 and we were in summer stock together in 1967. She got lucky and became a movie star while I had to work as a waiter, bartender, doorman/porter and finally for 24 years as a garbage man. I hated the job and had to work with crazy people and morons. I wrote a play all about t called ‘The Sanitation Chronicles’ which I’m turning into a screenplay.starring me. Because it’s n vet too late to be what you might have been.

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