Viacom & CBS Become One (Again)

We are the ViacomCBS, Inc. Existence, as you know it, is over. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile.

After splitting up in 2006, CBS and Viacom are back together again in an announced deal that will combine the two companies via an all-stock merger. The deal was initiated by Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of the Boards of Directors of CBS and Viacom, and will have Viacom CEO Robert Bakish serving as President and CEO and former acting CBS Corp. CEO Joseph Ianniello serving as Chairman and CEO of CBS.

CBS and Viacom are involved in a lot of different properties, including Paramount, Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, CW, and more. However, to genre fans the split between CBS and Viacom mostly had an effect of fracturing the Star Trek franchise, with CBS handling the affairs on the smaller screen and Viacom dealing with the mess films. It isn’t expected to affect things in the near future, but things may change for Star Trek in the future (and maybe also for the streaming service CBS All Access).

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