"I believe that the only philosophy of life that's compatible with sanity is optimism. And the other thing I believe, and I've taught to my kids from day one: success is not built on success; it's built on failure. Frustration. Sometimes even calamity -- and how we deal with it."
About This Interview
In his nearly two-hour Archive Interview, Viacom Executive Sumner Redstone reveals his early experiences as a code breaker during World War II and recalls his start at National Amusements, the drive-in theater company founded by his father. Redstone shares how he quickly turned the company into a thriving nation-wide theater chain and soon sought ways to diversify his interests. He discusses his purchase of Viacom in 1987 and the later acquisitions of Paramount, Blockbuster and CBS. Redstone explains his philosophy for success, which includes a passion for winning and a commitment to excellence, and expounds upon his mantra that "content is king." Don West conducted the interview in New York, New York on November 16, 2000.