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Also Known As: Thomas E Freston Jr. Died:
Born: November 22, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: executive, marketing specialist

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 NYTV: By the People Who Made It (1998) Interviewee
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Appointed as director of marketing for MTV Networks
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Served as director of marketing, The Movie Channel
1983:
Returned to MTV Networks as vice president of marketing of MTV
1984:
Promoted to vice president of marketing of MTV Networks
1985:
Made senior vice president and general manager for affiliate sales and marketing
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Appointed senior vice president and general manager of MTV and VH-1
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Became president, entertainment at MTV Networks
1987:
Named president and chief executive officer, with responsibilities for Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, MTV and VH-1
1989:
Promoted to chairman and CEO of MTV Networks
1989:
Launched Ha!, a comedy network; became basis of Comedy Central
1996:
Oversaw launch of TV Land, a spin-off network from Nick at Nite
2000:
Following merger between CBS and Viacom, assumed leadership of combination of CBS Cable and MTV
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
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
2006:
Resigned his position with Viacom Inc.
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Education

St Michael's College: Winooski , Vermont - 1967
New York University: New York , New York - 1969

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wife:
Margaret Badali. Married on October 18, 1980; divorced.
wife:
Kathy Freston.

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father:
Thomas E Freston.
mother:
Winifred Freston.
son:
Andrew Freston.

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