“The King of Content” — author, Keach Hagey

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The Not Old Better Show, 2018. Image: AdobeStock

As part of our Art of Living, author interview series, our guest today on the Not Old Better Show is Keach Hagey, left. Keach Hagey is a bylined staff writer with the Wall Street Journal, where she reports on media, and Keach Hagey has written a new book about the remarkable story of Sumner Redstone, his family legacy, and the battles for all he controls.

The title of the book, The King of Content, from Keach Hagey is about Sumner Redstone, who lived by the credo “content is king.” Redstone leveraged his father’s chain of drive-in movie theaters into one of the world’s greatest media empires through a series of audacious takeovers designed to ensure his permanent control. Over the course of this meteoric rise, he made his share of enemies and feuded with nearly every member of his family.

Today the ninety-five-year-old mogul’s life has become a tabloid soap opera, the center of acrimonious legal battles throughout his vast holdings, which include Paramount Pictures and two of the largest public media companies, Viacom and CBS. At the heart of these lawsuits is Redstone’s tumultuous love life and complicated relationship with his children. Redstone’s daughter, Shari, below left, has emerged as his de facto successor, but only after she ousted his closest confidant in a fierce power struggle.

A biography and corporate whodunit filled with surprising details, The King of Content investigates Redstone’s impact on business and popular culture, as well as the family feuds, corporate battles, and questionable alliances that go back decades — all laid bare in Keach Hagey’s authoritative book.

So, please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show, author Keach Hagey.


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