David Zaslav
Cindy Ord
United States

Warner Bros. Discovery


President / CEO

Zaslav came out on top when it was announced that he would retain his CEO title from Discovery as it merges with AT&T’s spun-off WarnerMedia division in 2022 to form Warner Bros. Discovery. The deal will bring Warner Bros.’ film, TV and animation studios, CNN, Cinemax, HBO and streamer HBO Max to a purview that already included 14 cable networks (Discovery, Animal Planet, Food Network, to name a few). While waiting for regulatory approval of the $43 billion deal, Zaslav continued the rollout of Discovery+, which launched at the start of 2021 and racked up 18 million subs by August. But how the combined companies will go to market on the streaming front, as well as which executives will serve under him, are big questions Zaslav will have to answer next year.


  • 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
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Carolyn Blackwood Exiting as Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group COO

Carolyn Blackwood Exiting as Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group COO

Veteran Warner Bros. executive and film division chief operating officer Carolyn Blackwood is parting ways with the studio, sources told Variety.Her resignation follows a week after word that her boss Toby Emmerich, chairman of the motion picture group, will transition to lot producer later this year. The regime changes come as Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav continues to shape a new world order for his movie business -- one that has already tapped producers Michael De Luca and Pamela...


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