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Viacom Inc.
NASDAQ-100 Component
S&P 500 Component
Industry Mass media
Predecessor Viacom (original)
Founded See Viacom (original)
January 3, 2006 (2006-01-03)
One Astor Plaza, Manhattan, New York City, New York
United States
Area served
Key people
Sumner M. Redstone
(Executive Chairman)
Philippe P. Dauman
(President & CEO)
Products Cable television, broadcasting, radio, publishing, movies, and web portals
  • Increase US$ 13.794 billion (2013)
  • Increase US$ 13.887 billion (2012)
Operating income
  • Increase US$ 3.836 billion (2013)
  • Increase US$ 3.901 billion (2012)
  • Increase US$ 2.395 billion (2013)
  • Increase US$ 1.981 billion (2012)
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 23.829 billion (2013)
  • Decrease US$ 22.25 billion (2012)
Total equity
  • Decrease US$ 5.19 billion (2013)
  • Decrease US$ 7.439 billion (2012)
Number of employees
10,580 (2011)
Parent National Amusements (80%)
Divisions Viacom Media Networks
Viacom International Media Networks
Subsidiaries BET Networks
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Viacom International
Viacom 18 (50% in a joint venture with Network 18)

Viacom (short for Video & Audio Communications) is an American entertainment company. It started in 1970 as Viacom International, the syndication division of CBS TV (which they once owned). In 2005, Viacom split into two companies: the original company was renamed CBS Corporation, and a new company keeping the Viacom name was created. They own Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment, Spelling Productions, DreamWorks (DreamWorks SKG) MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Neopets, Peanuts, The Addams Family, Kids Incorporated, Blue's Clues, Nelvana, Evil Dead, Rugrats, All Grown Up!, Shrek, Hey Arnold!, Charlotte's Web and others.

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