Monday, May 23, 2016

As the Sumner Turns

One of the weirdest parts of the Sumner Redstone saga was the decision Redstone made to put his CEO Phillippe Dauman in charge of his medical decisions. Who does that? (Someone who has a family that hates him). Dauman was also given control of the trust that would take over the company after Sumner dies (which will be soon--he's in his 90s and ailing) ahead of Redstone's own daughter, who is a high-ranking executive with the company

Well, over the weekend that changed. The Hollywood Reporter headline says it all: It's War: Sumner Redstone Ousts Philippe Dauman From Trust That Will Control Viacom and CBS.

Looks like Shari Redstone (Sumner's daughter) is a chip off the old block, unless of course you believe that the 90-something Sumner is making this power play from his wheelchair using sign language and grunts. (I wouldn't put it past the old coot--but it does seem unlikely). I just think it's funny that's she's more concerned about getting control of the company than she is in getting control over her own father's medical decisions.

After the ruthless and cut-throat life Sumner lived, that's what they call Kismet.