Washington, DC -- NAB Show organizers announced today that CBS Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves will participate in a question-and-answer session with NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith April 12 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The session will also include a "State of the Broadcast Industry" address by Smith.
"NAB is delighted to have one of the true champions of broadcasting joining us for a conversation at the NAB Show," said Smith. "Leslie Moonves has defined excellence during his 16 year career at CBS, and he remains one of the great ambassadors for local and network television. We look forward to discussing his vision for broadcasting on the multi-platform world of tomorrow."
Topics that will be discussed include broadcasting's remarkable resilience in the face of new competition, growth opportunities for local and network television on new digital devices, and government efforts to reclaim additional television spectrum.
Moonves oversees all operations of CBS Corporation, including the CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Stations, CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, Simon & Schuster, CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment and CBS Films.
Prior to the Viacom separation in 2005, Moonves served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom and Chairman of CBS, overseeing all of Viacom's domestic and international broadcast television operations, radio division and outdoor advertising operations.
Moonves was promoted to Chairman and CEO of CBS in 2003, and prior to that, was President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Television, a position he was elevated to in April 1998. He joined CBS in July 1995 as President, CBS Entertainment.
Under Moonves' guidance, CBS has maintained its dominance as America's #1 TV network, while the Showtime pay cable network has significantly increased its viewership, subscription fees and critical acclaim.
He joined CBS from Warner Bros. Television, where as President, he oversaw a television division that supplied the greatest number of programs to network television for nine consecutive years, culminating in a record-setting 22 series (including "ER," "Friends" and "The Drew Carey Show") on the 1995-96 network schedules. He had been President of Warner Bros. Television since July 1993, when Warner Bros. and Lorimar Television combined operations. From 1989 to 1993, he had been President of Lorimar Television. He joined the company in 1985 as executive in charge of its movies and mini-series, and became head of creative affairs in 1988.
About the 2011 NAB Show
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