David Zaslav


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 […]

Discovery eyes global OTT after closing Scripps deal

Discovery has completed its US$14.6 billion takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive, and is now looking to the OTT opportunities the new scale provides. The new look group comprises channels such as Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, HGTV and Animal Planet among others, and owns over 8,000 hours of programming. Following completion of […]

Rich Ross exiting post-Scripps deal Discovery

Discovery Communications has named the new management team that will lead the enlarged company after the Scripps Networks Interactive acquisition, with Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross out and Scripps programming chief Kathleen Finch put in charge of all lifestyle channels. Discovery said that Ross, currently group president of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, is to […]

Discovery gets US approval for Scripps deal

Discovery Communications’ US$14.6 billion acquisition of fellow US-based cable group Scripps Networks Interactive has been cleared by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). Commenting on the DoJ’s decision to close its investigation, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav said it was a “significant regulatory milestone” and an “integral step toward closing our transaction”. “We look […]

Discovery-Scripps deal okay with European Commission

The European Commission has cleared Discovery Communications’ proposed US$14.6 billion buyout of Scripps Networks Interactive. The greenlight marks an important step towards completion of the deal, with Discovery stating it expects the acquisition to close later this quarter ­– subject to obtaining additional antitrust clearances and satisfying other customary closing conditions. The EC’s approval is […]

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