David Zaslav


Discovery ups stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

Discovery Communications has paid US$70 million to gain a majority stake in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which it jointly owns with the celebrity. Discovery has upped its stake from near 45% to 70% in the deal. This will allow the network to consolidate its financial reports with OWN. Oprah Winfrey will remain chief executive […]

Discovery names global Animal Planet chief

Discovery Communications has named Susanna Dinnage as global president for pay TV channel Animal Planet, with general manager Patrice Andrews exiting. Discovery Networks UK and Ireland president Susanna Dinnage (pictured) has landed the post, which will see her jointly reporting to Discovery CEO and president David Zaslav and international chief executive J.B. Perrette. Discovery said […]

Discovery recognised Scripps’ IP strength – Zaslav

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav has said the ability to mine Scripps Networks Interactive’s fully owned catalogue was the key driver behind the US$14.6 billion deal. During a roundtable discussion at MIPCOM last week, Zaslav (pictured) passionately talked up the deal, whose price tag raised eyebrows as it included a 34% premium, saying its rationale […]

Discovery ‘still has bullets’ for deals post-Scripps

Discovery Communications is “not out of bullets” to use for company acquisitions despite its US$14.6 billion takeover of US compatriot Scripps Networks Interactive, its chief exec has said. The Scripps deal will create one of the largest media companies in the US, and includes US$2.7 billion worth of new debt for Discovery. However, this will […]

Discovery buying Scripps for $14.6bn

Discovery Communications is acquiring fellow US-based cable group Scripps Networks Interactive for US$14.6 billion. The cash-and-stock deal values each Scripps at US$90, a 34% premium of the company’s share price when talks with Discovery first began on Tuesday, July 18. The deal, which is subject to approval of both sets of shareholders and regulatory watchdogs, […]

Discovery backing Will Packer prodco

Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures are backing the production entity of prolific exec producer Will Packer. US-based Will Packer Media is being billed as a “first-of-its-kind” production and branded content company. Discovery’s investment hands company CEO Packer a first-look television deal with cable channel OWN, which is a joint venture with Oprah Winfrey. He is […]

Discovery grows international revenues, profit

Discovery has reported an uptick in revenues and profit at its international business but noted Brexit concerns meant ad revenues were down in its largest market, the UK. “You have the UK down 4% and Brexit has had a meaningful impact on the UK,” CEO David Zaslav told analysts in the wake of Discovery reporting […]

Discovery preps channel, focuses on UK, German growth

Discovery Communications will launch a new free-to-air channel in the UK alongside other new services in Britain and Germany. CEO David Zaslav said yesterday that a new carriage deal with Sky in the UK and Germany, which came about after a bitter standoff between the channel operator and pay TV platform, gave it greater flexibility […]

Discovery and Sky go to war over channels

Discovery risks seeing its channels go dark in the UK – its most important international market – amid a dispute over fees with Sky. The channels will come off the Sky platform at the end of the month if a new carriage fee deal isn’t agreed, and the current situation is described as an impasse”. […]

Discovery hands digital chief control of Nordics

Discovery Networks International has upped Michael Lang, its UK-based corporate development and digital chief and the former CEO of movie studio Miramax, to president, international development, digital and Discovery Nordics. Lang, who will report to Discovery Networks International president and CEO J.B. Perrette in his new role, will be responsible for leading the overall business […]

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