David Zaslav
Cindy Ord
United States
2020

Discovery Inc.

David
Zaslav

President / CEO

While Discovery boasts a powerful portfolio of linear channels, it’s been Zaslav’s priority to expand to the OTT market, both stateside (an upcoming service featuring content from its various media brands, including TLC, Food Network and HGTV) and internationally with services like Dplay, the fastest growing OTT product in the Nordics, plus joint ventures in Europe such as Germany’s Joyn, which has over 7 million monthly users. He has also led Discovery’s efforts to donate to social justice orgs, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative. In 2021, he will launch The Magnolia Network, a joint venture with Chip and Joanna Gaines, comprising 36 originals.

Career

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

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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