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Leslie Moonves

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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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