Reportedly, Sumner also put pressure on Viacom-owned MTV to create a reality-show following the group's attempt to break into the music business. The show is currently in development despite the objection of MTV executives, who felt the band lacked talent.
Naylor, btw, immediately sold Redstone's gift of stock for roughly $157,000, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The 87-year-old billionaire also forced Showtime, CBS's pay-TV division, to put Singh, who is, according to NyPo, apparently unqualified, on the company's payroll.
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Sources told The Daily Beast that Singh, a veteran of the LA club scene, was hired last summer in the publicity office of Showtime at the direction of Redstone himself -- much to the chagrin of network employees, who were in the midst of a hiring freeze, the website reported.
Redstone ordered Showtime execs to give Singh free rein to pick the job she wanted because of the billionaire's "personal relationship" with her, a former CBS insider told The Daily Beast. Showtime executives “at first tried to find something industrious for her to do,” the source said, adding that after a rotation in casting, programming, and other departments within the network, Singh landed in publicity, in part because her best asset is her ability to party.