David Zaslav
Cindy Ord
United States

Discovery Inc.


President / CEO

Upon taking the reins as CEO in 2007 after a long career at NBC, Zaslav spearheaded the expansion of Discovery’s TV business at home and abroad. Now he’s faced with the challenge of bringing a collection of lifestyle and entertainment brands into the streaming era. Just as Discovery has been quick to rebrand underperforming channels over the years, the company is moving quickly to develop subscription streaming applications for Food Network, Motor Trend and numerous overseas sports ventures. Zaslav struck a deal with the PGA to create a streaming service outside the U.S. dedicated to golf … and made headlines as the highest-paid CEO of an American public company, with a compensation package of $129.4 million for 2018, most of which came in stock options.


  • 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
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Discovery CEO David Zaslav Sees 2018 Compensation Soar to $129.4 Million

Discovery CEO David Zaslav Sees 2018 Compensation Soar to $129.4 Million

Discovery Inc. president-CEO David Zaslav is once again making headlines for an enormous compensation package.Zaslav's 2018 compensation soared to $129.44 million in 2018, fueled by stock options and grants awarded as the longtime Discovery chief signed a new employment contract last July that takes him through 2023 at the cable programming group.Zaslav received $102 million in Discovery stock options in connection with the new contract and another $14.8 million in stock awards. He received a $9 million bonus and $3...


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