In his three-hour interview, Tom Freston discusses his early years and education, and his first professional job in advertising, which he left after two years. He recalls traveling through Europe and Asia before starting a lucrative clothing export business in Afghanistan and India, and returning to the United States to get into the music industry. He talks about being offered a job at the newly formed Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company, where he was made head of marketing for the proposed new music cable channel, MTV. Freston details the creation of MTV and its branding, the business of selling the channel to cable systems, and the eventual growth of MTV into a cable powerhouse. He recounts some of the hits spawned by the network, including The Real World, The Osbournes, Beavis and Butt-Head, and Total Request Live. He also chronicles his rise to CEO of MTV Networks (1987-2004), a company that included Nickelodeon and VH1, and what eventually became known as Comedy Central. He describes Viacom's acquisition of the network, his rise to co-president of Viacom (2004-2006), and his then-current work as a consultant for the launch of OWN. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on April 6, 2011 in Beverly Hills, CA.