David Zaslav
Cindy Ord
United States
2018

Discovery Inc.

David
Zaslav

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.

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
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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Listen: Discovery's David Zaslav on the John Malone Question That Changed Everything

Listen: Discovery's David Zaslav on the John Malone Question That Changed Everything

David Zaslav has long been known as one of the cable industry's biggest boosters.But the president-CEO of Discovery Inc. is looking at a future where the worldwide linear channel business that built Discovery over the past 30 years is slowly fading in importance compared to its larger focus of amassing IP with global appeal. In the latest episode of Variety's "Strictly Business" podcast, Zaslav discusses the philosophical shift that started with a simple question posed by media mogul (and major...

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