Showbiz Sandbox 338: CBS and Viacom May Wind Up Together After All

October 4, 2016


After originally splitting 10 years ago, Viacom and CBS may once again become a single organization. While a merger may help save Viacom, it doesn’t necessarily benefit the cash rich CBS. Even so, since the Redstone family owns the controlling share of both companies, it seems inevitable the two will once again be joined whether they like it or not.

Meanwhile the Federal Communications Commission has paused its attempt to wrestle the control of television set-top boxes away from cable providers, delaying a vote in order to clarify some of the rules included in the proposed legislation. That means consumers in the United States will still spend $20 billion for at least the next two years renting cable boxes.

At the box office, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” helped reverse the fortunes of Tim Burton’s latest films and even “Deepwater Horizon” may be not be the disaster some had predicted.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including why NBC is dumping its “Mail Order Bride”, Disney plans on making a live-action version of “The Lion King” and a huge chunk of Rolling Stone magazine gets sold off.


New California IMDb Age Law Probably Unconstitutional, Experts Say

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of October 2, 2016

FCC Pulls Set-Top Box Rules From Meeting Agenda

The FCC is Putting Off a Historic Vote to Disrupt Your Cable Box

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Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Goes From Page to Stage

Harry Styles: Happy One Direction Broke Up — It’s ‘Good’ To Explore New Things

TV Ratings: Clinton-Trump Debate Tops 80-Million Record

Amazon Bans Incentivized Reviews Tied to Free or Discounted Products

‘Rolling Stone’ Sells Minority Share Of Magazine To Singapore Entrepreneur

‘Lion King’ Live-Action Movie in the Works From Disney

ABC Greenlights Revival of ‘The Gong Show’ From Exec Producer Will Arnett

‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin Tackling ‘Hot Wheels’ for Legendary

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scribe to Write Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Scarface’ Reimagining

‘Dynasty’ Reboot in the Works at The CW

YouTube-MP3 Ripping Site Sued By IFPI, RIAA and BPI

NBC’s ‘Mail Order Family’ Spiked After Backlash Over Ethnic Stereotyping, Human-Rights Concerns

Online Video Tipping Point Reached as Mobile Accounts for More Than Half of Viewing

TV Ratings: ‘Westworld’ Premiere Matches ‘True Detective’ Season 1

Spotify in Talks to Acquire SoundCloud

National Amusements Proposes Viacom, CBS Reunion, Cites “Substantial Synergies”

Viacom Forms Special Committee to Consider Merging With CBS

Michael Wolff on Shari Redstone and the Competing Narratives of Viacom’s Future

‘NCIS’ Showrunner Gary Glasberg Dies at 50

Agnes Nixon, Creator of ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live,’ Dies at 93

Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director of Mark Taper Forum, Dies at 83

QSC, LLC Announces the Acquisition of Ultra-Stereo Labs, Inc. (USL)