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December 2, 2008 | Claudia Eller and Alex Pham, Eller and Pham are Times staff writers.
Sumner Redstone and his holding companies have sold their shares in Midway Games Inc. for less than a penny each, capping the media mogul's aggressive investment in the troubled video game maker that ended up costing him hundreds of millions of dollars. The $100,000 in proceeds from the sale of Redstone's 87.2% stake to investor Mark Thomas will not help pay down his family company's debt of $1.6 billion.
November 8, 2008 | Claudia Eller and Meg James, Eller and James are Times staff writers.
Shari Redstone, the daughter of media mogul Sumner Redstone, resigned Friday as chairwoman of beleaguered Midway Games Inc., saying she needed to focus more attention on negotiations with bankers to restructure the family business' massive $1.6-billion debt. The move underscores the pressure the powerful media family is under to make an $800-million payment by Dec. 19. Shari Redstone has been leading discussions with lenders on behalf of the family holding company, National Amusements Inc.
November 4, 2008 | Meg James, James is a Times staff writer.
Sumner Redstone hinted Monday that he might sell his family's movie theaters to fix his pressing debt problems. In a conference call with analysts, the 85-year old media mogul said his privately held National Amusements Inc., which operates 1,500 theaters, owns "valuable real estate holdings throughout the country." The company must come up with an $800-million debt payment next month as it negotiates with lenders to restructure $1.6 billion in loans. Redstone, during the call for Viacom Inc.'
October 22, 2008 | Claudia Eller and Meg James, Eller and James are Times staff writers.
Media magnate Sumner Redstone has filed for divorce from his wife of five years, Paula Fortunato, citing irreconcilable differences. The split comes as the 85-year-old chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. faces financial difficulties. His family-owned holding company, National Amusements Inc., is scrambling to restructure $1.6 billion in debt after it violated the covenants of its bank agreements.
October 15, 2008 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
The bitter feud between billionaire Sumner Redstone and his daughter, Shari, erupted again Tuesday over the murky circumstances surrounding the sale of $233 million in non-voting Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. shares by the family's privately held National Amusements Inc. Friday, National Amusements disclosed that it needed to raise cash to comply with debt covenants on a $1.6-billion loan. The purpose of the loan is unclear, and the firm has declined to provide an explanation.
October 11, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Billionaire Sumner Redstone got caught in the credit crunch Friday. The 85-year-old mogul, who has long bragged about his financial savvy and competitive drive, was forced to sell a fifth of his family's stake in his two media companies -- Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. -- on a day when the companies' shares were trading at record lows. It shows that even the wealthiest people are not immune to the meltdown in the markets and are being thrust into once-unimaginable situations.
June 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
CBS Corp., the broadcaster controlled by billionaire Sumner Redstone, acquired about 78% of CNet Networks Inc. through a tender offer after the companies agreed to a $1.8-billion takeover in May. About 119.2 million CNet shares were tendered as of Friday, CBS said. The firm will acquire CNet's remaining shares through an offer expiring at midnight Wednesday.
August 2, 2007 | Michael A. Hiltzik and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
Was Sumner Redstone's obsession with the creator of the video game "Mortal Kombat" the root of the unfolding family drama that has pitted the media mogul against his daughter and onetime heir apparent, Shari Redstone? People who know them both suggest that the billionaire's dealings in the second-tier video game company Midway Games Inc. was a flashpoint in their ruptured relationship.
July 30, 2007 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Thirteen years ago, when Sumner Redstone was busy building Viacom Inc. into a media powerhouse and needed a helping hand to run the family's theater chain, he turned to his daughter, Shari Redstone, who was home raising her three children. When theater circuits began going belly up in the late 1990s, it was Shari who kept National Amusements Inc. on track. She expanded the company globally, taking National into Russia and Latin America.
American presidents can serve only two terms. In baseball, even a great slugger is lucky to get a seven-year contract. But at Viacom, Sumner Redstone is apparently king for life.
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