CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) chief executive officer Leslie Moonves laid low all summer, watching as the family that controls his company fought with the leadership of their other media giant, Viacom Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAB).

Moonves can shun the spotlight no more. The Redstones prevailed, ousting management at faltering Viacom last month, and are now pushing the companies to recombine.  Shari Redstone, who has assumed her father Sumner’s leadership of the family business, told Viacom and CBS she would like Moonves to run the show, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified discussing private conversations.

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