Paramount Global

The Real Succession: Sumner Redstone, the billionaire entertainment mogul and his embattled family

Sumner Redstone (centre) with companion Malia Andelin and executive Les Moonves

“Sumner’s constant demands on Brandon, not to mention his pursuit of some of the same women, contributed to a sometimes awkward relationship between grandfather and grandson.” (Unscripted, page 46)

Some 20 years ago, at an RTS dinner, I found myself sitting next to a billionaire entertainment mogul, a man few people would have recognised if they had passed him in the street, but whose influence over what we watched on television and in the cinema was huge.