David Zaslav
Cindy Ord
United States

Discovery Inc.


President / CEO

Zaslav led Discovery’s expansion into new markets overseas and fortified its core lifestyle TV business in the U.S. Since taking the helm in 2007, Discovery has notably invested in the international sports market through its purchase of broadcaster Eurosport. The company has grown its reach with the $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, home to genre stalwarts Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel. Zaslav is deeply embedded in the world of its largest shareholder, John Malone, who sits on the boards of Lionsgate Entertainment, in which Discovery and Malone’s Liberty Media are investors, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which is controlled by Liberty Media. He came to Discovery after a nearly 20-year career at NBC, where he rose to president of NBCUniversal Cable.


  • Discovery Inc.
  • NBCUniversal
  • Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (DEFUNCT)


  • Boston University (MA, USA)
  • State University of New York Binghamton (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Discovery Extends CEO David Zaslav's Contract Through 2023

Discovery Extends CEO David Zaslav's Contract Through 2023

David Zaslav, who helped orchestrate the $14.6 billion merger of Discovery and Scripps Networks earlier this year, will stay at the head of the combined company through 2023, Discovery revealed Wednesday. The executive, who has been at the helm of Discovery since 2007, had previously been on a contract slated to expire in 2020.Discovery said the contact extension "provides ongoing management continuity and stability and ensures Zaslav’s continued leadership for the next five and a half years."The decision will keep...


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