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Thomas E. Freston (born 22 November 1945) is an American television executive most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the newly-split Viacom, until his resignation on September 5, 2006. November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1861-1865) The majority of this article is about heads of states. ... A chief executive officer (CEO), or chief executive, is the highest-ranking corporate officer or executive officer of a corporation, or agency. ... Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures movie studio and DreamWorks). ...


Freston began his career in the field of advertising, but later moved to New Delhi, where he ran a textile and clothing business for eight years. After returning to the United States, where he worked for Benton & Bowles advertising agency (which later merged with D'Arcy) on the Charmin Toilet Paper account. Billboards and street advertising in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, (2005) Advertising is drawing public attention to goods and services by promoting businesses, and is performed through a variety of media. ... An Aerial view of New Delhi The Humayuns Tomb, situated in New Delhi, has an architectural design similar to the Taj Mahal. ... Sunday textile market on the sidewalks of Karachi, Pakistan. ... It has been suggested that folding clothes be merged into this article or section. ...


Later on, choosing to change directions with his life, Freston saw an ad in a newspaper that a music channel was being developed and joined Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (WASEC) in 1980, which later became MTV Networks. In 1981, he was one of the founding members of MTV: Music Television, and as the head of marketing, created the "I want my MTV" ad campaign. In 1987 he became the CEO of MTV Networks. Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company (WASEC) was a joint venture run by Warner Communications and American Express. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operation of many TV network and Internet brands. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marketing is a social and managerial function that attempts to create, expand and maintain a collection of customers. ... Generally speaking, advertising is the paid promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas by an identified sponsor. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


As CEO, Freston used his position to advance his networks' positions in new markets, both domestic and overseas, receiving increasing ratings every year, and launching several ancillary product lines featuring various segments and characters from popular series within his networks, including previous and current tie-ins, with Double Dare, Beavis and Butt-head, Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Oddparents, South Park, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Behind the Music, The Real World, and Total Request Live. A Product Tie-In is a form of Advertising in which one company or group sells a product by linking it to another company or groups product or advertising. ... Double Dare was a childrens game show, originally hosted by Marc Summers, that aired on Nickelodeon. ... Beavis and Butt-Head was an American animated television series that originally aired on the cable television channel MTV from 1993 to 1997. ... Dora the Explorer is an American animated television series for preschool-age children that is broadcast on Nickelodeon in the United States. ... Blues Clues is a daytime childrens show that airs on Nickelodeon, and also via video on demand on some cable systems. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series and media franchise. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart on the set of The Daily Show The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, also known as TDS to fans and staffers) is a half-hour satirical fake news program produced by and run on the Comedy Central cable television network in... Behind the Music is a television series on VH1 that ran from 1997 to 2003, and continues to air sporadically with new episodes. ... The Real World is a reality television program on MTV originally executive produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray and produced and directed by George Verschoor. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 2004, after Viacom President & COO Mel Karmazin stepped down (he later went on to become Chairman & CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio), Freston was named Co-President & Co-COO of Viacom (along with Leslie Moonves). Freston oversaw all cable network properties (MTV Networks and Showtime Networks), the motion picture businesses of Paramount Pictures, and the publishing operations of Simon & Schuster. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures movie studio and DreamWorks). ... Mel Karmazin (born 1943) is the CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio. ... Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is one of two satellite radio (DARS) services operating in the United States and Canada. ... Leslie Moonves (born December 23, 1948 in New York City) is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...


This dual appointment led to some confusion as to who would take over Viacom when Chairman & CEO Sumner Redstone retired. The uncertainty regarding succession was resolved in June 2005 when the Viacom board of directors agreed to split the corporation into two separate companies. One is called CBS Corporation and is headed by Moonves. The other, which includes the Paramount Pictures film studio and the MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, BET, CMT, and Comedy Central television networks, kept the Viacom name and was headed by Freston until his resignation on September 5, 2006. (He was replaced by Philippe Dauman.) Redstone remains the majority shareholder and chairman of both companies. Sumner Murray Redstone (born Sumner Murray Rothstein on May 27, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts) is Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of the Viacom and CBS Corporation media conglomerates. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... MTV (Music Television) is a cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Nickelodeon may refer to: Nickelodeon (TV channel), a cable TV network primarily for children and pre-teens in the United States Nickelodeon Australia Nickelodeon Asia Nickelodeon Latin America a subsidiary of MTV Networks Nickelodeon Scandinavia Nickelodeon Magazine, published by the Nickelodeon (TV Channel) Nickelodeon UK, a satellite/cable TV station... VH1 (spelled VH-1 (Video Hits One) until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV, which originally came up with the idea of the channel). ... Black Entertainment Television (BET for short) is the first television network geared towards African-Americans. ... CMT can refer to: Cadmium Mercury Telluride Canal Metropolitano Televisión Catalog Management Table Certified Market Technician Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Childrens Musical Theatreworks of Fresno, California Chip Multi Threading Comision del Mercado de las Telecommunicaciones, the Spanish communications industry regulator. ... Comedy Central is a cable television channel in the United States. ... Philippe Dauman is a corporate director of the Viacom and CBS Corporations. ...


Educated at Saint Michael's College and New York University, Freston is currently on the Board of Trustees for Emerson College in Boston. Saint Michaels College is a private, residential, liberal arts Catholic college. ... New York University (NYU) is a major research university in New York City. ... Emerson College was founded in 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson as a school of oratory, in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Boston is a town and small port c. ...


External links

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  • Official Biography from Viacom Web Site
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Corporate Directors: George Abrams | Philippe Dauman | Thomas E. Dooley | Tom Freston | Ellen V. Futter | Robert Kraft | Alan Greenberg | Charles Phillips | Sumner Redstone | Shari Redstone | Frederic Salerno | William Schwartz Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures movie studio and DreamWorks). ... A corporation is a legal person which, while being composed of natural persons, exists completely separately from them. ... In relation to a company, a director is an officer of the company charged with the conduct and management of the affairs of the company. ... George Abrams is a corporate director of the Viacom Corporation. ... Philippe Dauman is a corporate director of the Viacom and CBS Corporations. ... Thomas E. Dooley is a corporate director of the Viacom Corporation. ... Ellen V. Futter is President of the American Museum of Natural History. ... Robert Kraft Robert K. Kraft, (born June 5, 1941 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is the owner of National Football Leagues New England Patriots and Major League Soccers New England Revolution, as well as the stadium where they play, Gillette Stadium. ... Viacom is a high-growth media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), video gaming (part of Sega of America), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures movie studio and DreamWorks). ... Charles Phillips is President of Oracle Corporation and a member of the companys Board of Directors. ... Sumner Murray Redstone (born Sumner Murray Rothstein on May 27, 1923 in Boston, Massachusetts) is Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of the Viacom and CBS Corporation media conglomerates. ... Shari Redstone is a corporate director of the CBS and Viacom companies. ... Frederic Salerno is a corporate director of the Viacom Corporation. ... William Schwartz is a corporate director of the Viacom Corporation. ...

MTV Networks: CMT | Comedy Central | Logo | MTV | MTV2 | MTV En EspaƱol | MTV Networks Europe | MTV Networks Latin America | Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite/Nick Jr. | Noggin/The N | Spike TV | TV Land | VH1 | iFilm | Neopets | GameTrailers | NickToons Network | Nick GAS
Misc. Assets: BET | Paramount Pictures | Republic Pictures | Famous Music | DreamWorks MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operation of many TV network and Internet brands. ... Country Music Television, or CMT as it usually called, is an American country music oriented cable television channel. ... Comedy Central is a cable television channel in the United States. ... Logo is an American digital cable television channel owned by Viacoms MTV Networks division. ... MTV (Music Television) is a cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... MTV2 is a cable network that is widely available in the United States on digital cable and satellite television, and is progressively being added to basic cable lineups across the nation. ... MTV En Espa̱ol is a Spanish-language version of the cable television channel MTV, designed to appeal to Hispanic audiences with material such as music videos in Spanish. ... MTV Networks Europe is a Viacom subsidiary in Europe that acts as a sister company to MTV Networks (US). ... MTV Networks Latin America is a subsidiary of MTV Networks, headquartered in Miami, operating the following television networks in Latin America: MTV Latin America MTV Mexico MTV Argentina MTV Puerto Rico Nickelodeon Latin America Nickelodeon Brazil VH1 Latin America VH1 Brazil MTVNLA also distributes these networks from MTV Networks USA... Nickelodeon redirects here. ... Nick at Nite is an evening programming block broadcast over Nickelodeon from 9 PM Р6 AM Eastern and Pacific Standard Time. ... Nick Jr. ... Noggin is a cable television network in both the United States and United Kingdom. ... The-N is the nighttime block on Noggin for teens. ... Spike TV (sometimes only Spike) is an American cable network designed to cater to a young male demographic and is also shown in Canada. ... TV Land is an American cable television network which first started transmissions on April 29, 1996. ... VH1 (spelled VH-1 (Video Hits One) until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV, which originally came up with the idea of the channel). ... iFilm is an online archive of short films, movie trailers, and other video clips of interest. ... Screenshot of the Neopets homepage viewed with Internet Explorer Neopets is an online virtual pet simulation game. ... GameTrailers is a website which delivers broadband video-game content. ... NickToons Network, once known as NickToons TV and NickToons, is a digital cable and satellite television network. ... Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids (commonly referred to as Nickelodeon GAS, Nick GAS or GAS), is a U.S. cable television network which was launched on March 1, 1999 as part of MTV Networks suite of digital cable channels. ... Black Entertainment Television is an American cable network targeted toward African-American audiences in the United States. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Republic Pictures Corporation (aka Republic Entertainment) is an independent film, television, and video distribution company that was originally a movie production-distribution corporation with studio facilities, best known for its specialization in quality B pictures, westerns and movie serials. ... Famous Music is a music publisher in the United States. ... DreamWorks SKG is one of the major American film studios which develops, produces, and distributes films, video games, and television programming. ...

Annual Revenue: $17.3 billion USD ( image:green up.png10% 3Q 2005) | Employees: 38,350 | Stock Symbol: NYSE: VIAB | Website: www.viacom.com ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... Green up arrow for a positive change in revenue from last fiscal year. ... New York Stock Exchange (June 2003) The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) , also nicknamed the Big Board, is the largest stock exchange in the world in dollar volume and second largest by number of companies listed. ...


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Tom Freston: Information from Answers.com (1755 words)
Tom Freston joined MTV Networks in 1980 when it was a fledgling enterprise establishing the first television station devoted to the broadcast of music videos.
Freston was appointed CEO of MTV in 1987.
Tom Freston (born 1946) is an American television executive most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the newly-split Viacom, until his resignation on September 5, 2006.
Tom Freston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (380 words)
Thomas E. Freston (born 22 November 1945) is an American television executive most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the newly-split Viacom, until his resignation on September 5, 2006.
Freston began his career in the field of advertising, but later moved to New Delhi, where he ran a textile and clothing business for eight years.
Educated at Saint Michael's College and New York University, Freston is currently on the Board of Trustees for Emerson College in Boston.
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