Leslie Moonves, former CBS CEO, who was brought down last year by allegations of sexual abuse, has created a new business project that appears to be aimed at production, distribution and streaming.
Moonve's plan to launch Moon Rise Unlimited LLC came to light in a filing to register Moon Rise's name with the California Secretary of State office. The filing was made October 30 and November 1, and was first reported Friday by the New York Times.
A representative of Moonves refused to comment. The archive list shows the first address of Moon Rise as 2049 Century Park East, one of the high-rise buildings in the Century City area home to many law firms. It was romblings in the industry this week that Moonves has taken office space in the West Hollywood area. The Times reported that Moonves has set up a store on the famous 9000 Sunset Boulevard office tower.
The archives also show Moonves registered name Moon Rise Technologies and Moon Rise Productions. Moon Rise Technologies is listed on the one-page form that focuses on "streaming services and distribution." Moon Rise Productions is listed as a focus on film and television production. Moon Rise Unlimited is described as offering "entertainment services". [1
CBS is expected to place the bill for Moonve's office space in accordance with the agreement for the employment contract with CBS. Moonves was released in September among allegations of sexual abuse over the years by several women.
Moonves is in a legal battle with CBS over a $ 120 million departure payment. CBS & # 39; internal investigation concluded in December that Moonves was fired for a case and thus not qualified for mammoth outages spelled out in his contract. But CBS's duty to pay for office space for Moonves for at least a year after joining the company, among other things, was also guaranteed as part of the contract of employment and may still be compulsory despite his termination.
Moonves and CBS are led to arbitration to settle the dispute over the $ 120 million payment. Moonves has confirmed the attack for past conduct, but has denied refusing to force women to perform sexual acts or use their industry clothing to oppose women who were revoked.
The dark cloud that hangs over what had been a storied career, undoubtedly makes it hard for Moonves to do business with large industry players, giving increased corporate sensitivity to hiring artists accused of sexual abuse.
At the same time, it understands that Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen Moonves, are determined to make an effort to restore their reputation in the long term. Moon Rise may be the first step towards Moonve's resurfacing in the industry where he once was a titanium. Moonves ranks as the most powerful entertainment expert to be ashamed of alleged sexual neglect and forced out of the company he once ruled.