Tom Freston

Executive, Marketing specialist
Beginning as director of marketing for MTV in 1980, Freston made it to vice presidential status in that division after three years. In 1987, with experience at The Movie Channel and VH-1 as well as time as general ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1945 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (3)

Rock the Kasbah 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rock Raiders 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Executive (1)

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Production Executive
Actor (1)

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Beginning as director of marketing for MTV in 1980, Freston made it to vice presidential status in that division after three years. In 1987, with experience at The Movie Channel and VH-1 as well as time as general manager of MTV behind him, he became president and CEO of the latter. Soon thereafter, Freston helped MTV recover from the leveling off after the network's initial ratings bonanza in the early 80s. Freston has since nurtured the success of the MTV-owned Nick at Nite as well as the expansion of both the network's programming (including game shows and in-depth interviews) and its overseas interests.

Relationships

Kathy Freston

Wife

Thomas E Freston

Father

Winifred Freston

Mother

Andrew Freston

Son

Margaret Badali

Wife
married on October 18, 1980 divorced

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1969

St Michael's College

Winooski , Vermont 1967

Milestones

2006

Resigned his position with Viacom Inc.

2005

Viacom board of directors split the corporation into two separate companies with Paramount Pictures and the MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, BET, CMT, and Comedy Central television networks headed by Freston

2004

Named Co-President and Co-COO of Viacom (along with Leslie Moonves); overseeing all cable network properties (MTV Networks and Showtime Networks), the motion picture businesses of Paramount Pictures, and the publishing operations of Simon & Schuster

2000

Following merger between CBS and Viacom, assumed leadership of combination of CBS Cable and MTV

1996

Oversaw launch of TV Land, a spin-off network from Nick at Nite

1989

Launched Ha!, a comedy network; became basis of Comedy Central

1989

Promoted to chairman and CEO of MTV Networks

1987

Named president and chief executive officer, with responsibilities for Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, MTV and VH-1

1985

Made senior vice president and general manager for affiliate sales and marketing

1984

Promoted to vice president of marketing of MTV Networks

1983

Returned to MTV Networks as vice president of marketing of MTV

Became president, entertainment at MTV Networks

Appointed as director of marketing for MTV Networks

Appointed senior vice president and general manager of MTV and VH-1

Served as director of marketing, The Movie Channel

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