Leslie Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS Corporation, has been named as the MIPCOM 2007 Personality of the Year by Reed MIDEM.
“It is a privilege to be honored at this year’s MIPCOM, the global hub for the television industry,” Moonves said. “The international market is an important part of CBS Corporation’s content and business operations, and I accept this honor on behalf of the talented team at CBS Paramount International Television, who make us look good in this arena everyday.”
Moonves will receive the award on October 9 during a gala dinner for leading industry executives, as part of MIPCOM, which will take place from October 8-12 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. The MIPCOM Personality of the Year Award was created in 1989 to pay tribute to exceptional careers in and contributions to the international television industry.
Previous recipients of the award include Richard D. Parsons, the chairman and CEO of Time Warner, Gustavo Cisneros, the chairman and CEO of Cisneros Group of Companies; Gerhard Zeiler, RTL Group CEO; Peter Chernin, the president and COO of News Corporation and Chairman and CEO of The Fox Group; Viacom and CBS Corp. chairman Sumner Redstone; CNN founder Ted Turner and Canal Plus founder Andre Rousselet.
As president and CEO of CBS Corp., Moonves oversees all operations of the company, including CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS Television Stations, CBS Paramount Network Television, CBS Television Distribution, CBS Paramount International Television, Showtime and CSTV Networks, among others. Under his leadership, CBS has grown to become the most watched television network in the U.S.
“We are delighted to honor Leslie Moonves, one of the industry’s most talented leaders, as MIPCOM 2007 Personality of the Year,” said Reed MIDEM’s CEO, Paul Zilk. “His exceptional flair and vision have transformed CBS Corporation into the industry’s pre-eminent media company and built CBS Television to become the most watched television network in the U.S., in the process bringing hundreds of hours of viewing pleasure to millions of consumers.”