David Zaslav

Exclusive: Casey Bloys shares HBO’s new playbook

HBO and HBO Max chairman & president Casey Bloys tells Richard Middleton why the ‘Netflix correction’ was necessary, how international fits into the WBD strategy and his unlikely love for Chopped Two things about Casey Bloys that you might not know: he is a self-confessed Chopped addict despite having a particular dislike of cooking; and […]

Discovery launches cooking SVOD Food Network Kitchen

Discovery is launching its latest brand-focused direct-to-consumer offering via Food Network Kitchen – a major undertaking that also sees the business teaming up with Amazon.  The platform, priced at $6.99 per month, will offer live interactive cooking classes every week featuring top culinary experts, as well as grocery and equipment delivery. Overall, the service will […]

Discovery CEO David Zaslav focuses on factual amid scripted mega-deals

David Zaslav believes Discovery’s focus on factual content and sports will differentiate it from globally dominant rivals such as Netflix and has suggested that fear lies behind recent mega-deals for shows such as The Big Bang Theory. Discovery CEO Zaslav has overseen a fast-growing operation over recent years, expanding the reach of its Eurosport operation […]

Discovery leans into DTC with “specialty stores” strategy

Discovery is “assertively leaning in” to build new direct-to-consumer businesses with a “specialty stores” strategy that differentiates it from larger global competitors in the space, according to the company’s senior managers. Speaking on Discovery’s latest quarterly earnings call, CEO David Zaslav said that the company had made “a differentiated bet” based on ownership of intellectual […]

Discovery sees 17% rise in revenues in Q1

Discovery saw a 17% year-on-year rise in revenues across Q1, reporting $2.7bn for the period ended 31 March. Revenues were up from $2.3bn for the period in 2018. However, the business’s acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive contributed to a 5% drop in total revenues, as a 3% rise in US networks was offset by a […]

Zaslav, Darroch to headline RTS Cambridge Convention

Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav (left) and Sky group chief executive Jeremy Darroch have been confirmed as the first international keynote speakers at this year’s Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention. ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall is to chair this year’s Convention, one of the most high-profile TV industry events in the UK calendar. Other […]

BBC, Discovery to build “Marvel library” of factual content with SVOD

Discovery boss David Zaslav has likened the business’s whopping nine-figure deal for BBC content to an attempt to build a “Marvel library” for factual content. “Not only do we have the entire library, but now we have spin-offs and new series coming out of those brands that will be able to delight audiences all over […]

BBC, Discovery confirm UKTV channels break-up, SVOD plans

The BBC and Discovery have confirmed plans for a break-up of UKTV channels, and unveiled what BBC director general Tony Hall has described as the corporation’s “largest ever content sales deal” as part of a new SVOD offering.  Discovery is to take full control of lifestyle channels including Good Food, Home and Really, while BBC […]

Discovery extends Zaslav’s contract to 2023

Discovery has extended president and CEO David Zaslav’s employment contract through to the end of 2023. Zaslav’s contract was previously set to expire in 2020. The factual channel giant said that Zaslav’s contract extension would provide ongoing management continuity and stability and ensures Zaslav’s continued leadership for the next five and a half years. Zaslav’s […]

Discovery chief hints at global OTT ambition

Discovery CEO David Zaslav (pictured) has dropped a hint that the factual giant could look to develop a wider global OTT play either on a standalone basis or with partners. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its Q1 results, Zaslav said that the US market in particular is underserved with offerings catering to non-sports […]

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