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Date of Birth: Nov 22, 1945

Tom Freston is an entertainment industry executive, with a net worth of $300 million. Tom Freston has earned his net worth as one of the founders and the head of marketing of MTV, as President and CEO of MTV Networks, as Vice President and Co-COO of Viacom and is now Chairman of The One Campaign. He was born in the U.S.
Thomas E. Freston (born November 22, 1945) is an American entertainment industry executive. He currently is a principal in Firefly3 LLC, a consulting and investment company. Currently he consults Oprah Winfrey, among others.
Freston began his career advertising at Benton & Bowles (which later merged with D'Arcy). In 1972, after a year of traveling, he moved to Asia to start a textile and clothing business, Hindu Kush, working and living out of New Delhi India and Kabul, Afghanistan.
Returning to the USA in 1979 in a career change, he joined the Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company (WASEC), a pioneer in the new field of cable television programming. He was one of the founding members of the team that created MTV: Music Television. As head of marketing, he worked on the "I Want My MTV" ad campaign that helped make the new network a cultural phenomenon. In 1987 he became the President and CEO of MTV Networks, a job he held for 17 years. MTV Networks launched and operated networks including: Nickelodeon, Nick at Night, VH1, Comedy Central, TV Land, Spike, Country Music Channel, Logo, Noggin, and others.
As CEO of MTV Networks, Freston expanded the company's reach, built an animation studio, produced feature films, and developed large consumer product and digital businesses. Popular characters and shows included: Blue's Clues, Beavis and Butt-head, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, South Park, The Real World, Behind the Music, and Rugrats.
In 2004, after Viacom President & COO Mel Karmazin stepped down, Freston was named Co-President & Co-COO of Viacom (along with Leslie Moonves). Freston oversaw MTV Networks, Paramount Pictures, Famous Music Publishing, and Simon & Schuster.
In January 2006, Viacom split into two separate companies: Viacom led by Freston and CBS Corporation headed by Moonves.
In September 2006, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone stunned the entertainment industry in 2006 when he fired Freston from the position

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Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom Chief Helps Vice Become the Next MTV

This story appeared in the 1/16/12 issue of FORBES. Shane Smith is trying to order drinks ... But the real secret weapon was a seriously connected grayhair, Tom Freston. The former CEO of Viacom helped create the last great youth media company: As head ...
Posted: January 2, 2012, 4:00 pm

Vice Media Secures Investments From Tom Freston, Others

As part of the deal, WME and chief executive Ari Emanuel will represent the company across all media, including film, television, live events and music. Vice Media Inc., the company spawned from a Montreal-based punk magazine that now includes music, film ...
Posted: April 4, 2011, 11:35 pm

Former Viacom CEO Tom Freston speaks out on company's 'serious errors'

Nearly a decade after being ousted as CEO of Viacom, Tom Freston has harsh words for the company's current management. "There's been a series of pretty serious errors" at the company, Freston said Wednesday on CNBC's "Fast Money." When it comes to Philippe ...
Posted: June 15, 2016, 10:33 am

The Vice Video

Had the counter not just caught up? So I tweeted about it. Because I couldn’t help myself, I was that moved. And I e-mailed Tom Freston, who shepherded MTV into the stratosphere and now helps guide Vice. Because you give kudos when due. And then I got in ...
Posted: August 16, 2017, 4:29 pm

David Steinberg celebrates birthday with wife and head honchos

Comic David Steinberg and his producer wife, Robyn Todd, were seen celebrating Steinberg’s birthday at Primola on the Upper East Side with good friends, including former Viacom honcho Tom Freston and Carey Lowell, producer Jean Doumanian and “Ray ...
Posted: August 15, 2017, 5:23 pm
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