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Shari’s Latest Shakespearean Drama

Shari Redstone at the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley
Photo by Drew Angerer via Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
June 20, 2021

Visiting the executive bungalow on the Paramount lot in 2014 or 2015 was like stepping into the last days of the Roman Empire. I remember a source meeting with Philippe Dauman, the unimpressive lawyer-turned-C.E.O. of its parent company, Viacom. As he bounced between generic cable TV ratings boasts and “content is king” platitudes, all I could think was: This guy makes $50 million a year?