Tuesday, May 24, 2016

As the Sumner Turns

From this morning's Tom Taylor column...

Sumner Redstone turns 93 on Friday…And The Hollywood Reporter says the party has “a very different guest list” from a year ago. That one – with the theme “Passion to Party” – was arranged by two former girlfriends, both of whom were later booted from Redstone’s mansion. Manuela Herzer was also written out of Sumner’s will. Last year’s birthday party was held at the Vibrato Grill Jazz restaurant owned by Herb Alpert. This one will be at Sumner’s estate in Beverly Park, and some – definitely not all – of his family will be there. His ex-wife Phyllis is expected. Also their daughter and increasingly-prominent corporate force Shari Redstone. So will her sons Tyler Korff and Brandon Korff, plus her daughter Kimberlee, and Kimberlee’s own two kids. As the Hollywood Reporter says, “none was invited to last year’s event.” Not expected is Shari’s brother Brent, who previously sued Sumner and reached a settlement. Brent’s daughter Keryn sided with Manuela Herzer in Herzer’s recent court fight to have herself restored as Sumner’s health-care guardian. Keryn’s not on the guest list. Last year’s guests heard Tony Bennett entertain, but Bennett’s not appearing this year. Neither is Philippe Dauman (as you’d expect after the lawsuits). And neither is CBS Executive Chair/CEO Les Moonves. After all, this year’s birthday seems mostly about family, or at least some of it. And as close as Moonves has been to Sumner and now Shari – he’s not family.