Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Fans of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” may soon be seeing their favorite shows back on Hulu, according to Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman.
What Made Him Haute: Though he’s been with the media conglomerate company since 1987, serving as CEO during the past four years has given him the opportunity to call the big shots.
What Makes Him Haute Now: As a student, Philippe Dauman took risks playing poker to help pay his way through college; Flash forward and a man whose telephone ring tone plays Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” is now CEO of Viacom Inc., the company that owns MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and recently signed a five-year, $1 billion deal with Netflix Inc. Under Dauman’s direction, Viacom experienced an exceptional rating’s growth last quarter, largely in part to MTV shows, such as “Jersey Shore.” As reported by The New York Times, the former lawyer recently expressed his satisfaction with Nickelodeon, “the network capturing more than half of all kids’ viewing on TV — the highest share in more than a decade!” Managing the content Viacom shares on the Web, Dauman continues taking risks, putting traditional content on the Web. In an interview conducted by The Wall Street Journal, Dauman says that depending on how the audience takes to the Hulu Plus subscription service, he would consider putting shows such as “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” back on Hulu.