Richard Rushfield is a veteran reporter on the Hollywood beat who currently edits the entertainment industry newsletter, The Ankler. His work on the industry has previously appeared everywhere from Gawker to Buzzfeed, the LA Times to Vanity Fair. He is the author of three books including a history of the showbiz behemoth American Idol. He has no idea how to keep track of the all the shows he’s supposed to be watching.
To celebrate the reunion of Viacom and CBS, we are joined by Ankler Editor-at-Large Jim Gibson to take a look back at the twists and turns of the most screwed up, ego-maniacal company on earth. We look at how a succession of leaders nearly destroyed two separate media giants to satisfy their own egos and greed. And the surprising heroine who bested the big boys and came out on top.
Intro music: Train Wreck by Kasey Chambers
Outtro Music: Second Time Around sung by Frank Sinatra