Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 18, 2023
Paramount Global
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)(IRS Employer Identification
1515 Broadway
New York,New York10036
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212258-6000
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading SymbolsName of each exchange on which registered
Class A Common Stock, $0.001 par valuePARAAThe Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Class B Common Stock, $0.001 par valuePARAThe Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
5.75% Series A Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par valuePARAPThe Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
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Item 8.01
Other Events.

As previously disclosed by Paramount Global (the “Company”), beginning in February 2020, three purported stockholders of CBS Corporation (“CBS”) filed separate derivative and/or putative class action lawsuits in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware (the “Court”) in connection with the Agreement and Plan of Merger between Viacom Inc. and CBS dated as of August 13, 2019, as amended on October 16, 2019 (the “Merger Agreement”). In March 2020, the Court consolidated the three lawsuits and appointed Bucks County Employees Retirement Fund and International Union of Operating Engineers of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware as co-lead plaintiffs for the consolidated action captioned In re CBS Corporation Stockholder Class Action and Derivative Litigation (the “Litigation”). In April 2020, the lead plaintiffs filed a Verified Consolidated Class Action and Derivative Complaint (the “Complaint”) against Shari E. Redstone, National Amusements, Inc., Sumner M. Redstone National Amusements Trust, additional members of the CBS Board of Directors (including Candace K. Beinecke, Barbara M. Byrne, Gary L. Countryman, Linda M. Griego, Robert N. Klieger, Martha L. Minow, Susan Schuman, Frederick O. Terrell and Strauss Zelnick), former CBS President and Acting Chief Executive Officer Joseph Ianniello and the Company as nominal defendant. The Complaint alleges breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with the negotiation and approval of the Merger Agreement. The Complaint also alleges waste and unjust enrichment in connection with certain aspects of Mr. Ianniello’s compensation awards. The Complaint seeks unspecified damages, costs and expenses, as well as other relief. In June 2020, the defendants filed motions to dismiss the Complaint. In January 2021, the Court dismissed one disclosure claim, while allowing all other claims against the defendants to proceed. On January 7, 2022, the Court granted Bucks County Employees Retirement Fund’s motion to withdraw as Co-Lead Plaintiff in the Litigation. In December 2022, the Court dismissed the fiduciary duty claim against Mr. Klieger.

On April 18, 2023, the parties to the Litigation agreed to settle the Litigation on the terms and conditions set forth in a binding term sheet (the “Term Sheet”), which will be incorporated into a long-form settlement agreement that will be subject to the final approval of the Court. The Term Sheet provides for, among other things, the final dismissal of the Litigation in exchange for a settlement payment to the Company in the amount of $167.5 million, less administrative costs and plaintiffs’ counsels’ fees and expenses.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

By: /s/ Christa A. D'Alimonte
Name:Christa A. D'Alimonte
Title:Executive Vice President,
General Counsel and Secretary

Date: April 21, 2023