CBS and Viacom: The Long Road to Re-Merging the Redstone Empire

Shari Redstone’s push to reunite the two media giants culminates Tuesday after years of legal battles, lowball offers and executive turmoil

The wait is finally over. CBS and Viacom on Tuesday announced the long-awaited merger of the two media and entertainment companies, recombining the sister companies that parted ways in 2005, and creating ViacomCBS.

It’s taken roughly three years to even get the two companies — both majority owned by Shari Redstone’s family holding company National Amusements — to agree to terms.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @seanb44 

Trey Williams

Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams