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CBS-Viacom Reunification Official, Star Trek TV & Movies Now Under One Roof

CBS-Viacom Reunification Expected Soon

On Tuesday afternoon, the deal between CBS and Viacom was made official—placing the value of the merged company at around $30 billion.

The merger between CBS and Viacom (Paramount’s parent company), owners of the Star Trek television and film rights, respectively, means that for the first time since the two companies split in 2005, the Star Trek franchise – TV and movie rights alike – would be housed under one roof.

What does this mean for Star Trek, a franchise that for years has had to tiptoe around legal intricacies as its movie and TV offerings grew? Well, consider that Alex Kurtzman now leads Star Trek’s future on CBS All Access, with Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks, the untitled Section 31 series, and another unnamed animated TV show in the works. This merger of CBS and Viacom could mean Kurtzman and his production team would potentially have sizable influence if and when Star Trek gets back on the big screen – such as the growing possibility of a Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie. Of course, this is just one example.

The troubled merger had been in talks for more than three years, with former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves taking the lead on opposing the reunification. But Moonves was ousted last year, which reportedly opened the way for serious pro-merger discussion to continue.

It is reported now that both sides have agreed on a price for the merger – specifically, 0.59625 shares of CBS stock for each full share of Viacom – and that a management structure, including Viacom CEO Bob Bakish as CEO of the merged company, is mostly in place.


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Kyle Hadyniak has been a lifelong Star Trek fan, and isn't ashamed to admit that Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek: Nemesis are his favorite Star Trek movies. You can follow Kyle on Twitter @khady93.

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  1. Jay Memes

    August 22, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    The most likely tangible outcome from the merger is the blending of actors, roles, costumes and plots between film and television. This has never been possible in the Kelvin timeline and was quite possibly the cause of the creation of the Kelvin timeline.

  2. Centerofcenter

    August 22, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    The next star trek should be even further in the future, where we have figured out that the nature of our fractal universe is such that the aggregate assembly of all the galaxies makes a living being that we indwell and the good guys are the immune system and the bad guys are pathogens, virus and bacteria, etc that we are defending the host being against. also, we’re not quite sure what form of life the aggregate assembly of all the galaxies forms, the time frame would be that it have just recently been discovered and all the exploration is done to understand the macro being that we are a sub-component of. kinda like the magic school bus cartoon

    Eagle, born Capricorn Fire Dragon, look it up, primal astrology. I’m available to put forth 13+ episode ideas for a preliminary review

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