David Zaslav


Discovery ‘assertively leaning in’ to ‘specialty stores’ streaming 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: ‘perfect moment’ for ‘definitive’ natural history SVOD platform

Discovery’s content deal with the BBC has set the stage for the factual giant to create “the definitive natural history and factual streaming platform in the world”, according to president and CEO David Zaslav. Speaking on the company’s Q1 earnings call, Zaslav said that now was “the perfect moment to create this type of service, […]

Discovery’s Zaslav expands on ‘factual Marvel library’ SVOD plan

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 […]

Discovery’s Zaslav: skinny bundles and D2C to fuel growth

Skinny bundles and direct-to-home distribution will fuel Discovery’s growth as traditional big pay TV bundles continue to decline in attractiveness, according to president and CEO David Zaslav. Speaking on an analyst call as Discovery posted its third quarter numbers, Zaslav said that international subscriptions to its content were growing by 2% to 3%, compared with […]

Malone confirms succession plan

The CEOs of John Malone’s companies will have the first right to acquire his controlling stock after he dies, the US cable magnate has told the Irish Times. Malone, speaking during Liberty Global’s annual overseas board meeting in Dublin, confirmed to the paper that “most of [his] long-time CEOs…have the first right” to acquire stock […]

Discovery extends Zaslav’s contract until 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’s Zaslav hints at possible global OTT ambition

Discovery CEO David Zaslav 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 viewers […]

Discovery leaving Maryland after three decades for New York

Discovery Communications is planning to relocate from its home in Maryland to New York City in 2019 after buying Scripps Networks Interactive. The move is contigent on the US$14.6 billion deal for Scripps completing, as expected. The plan will see Discovery’s HQ move to New York, with a national operations headquarters based at Scripps’ home […]

Shareholders okay Discovery’s Scripps deal

Discovery Communications’ takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive is drawing near after shareholders agreed to the deal. The US$14.6 billion deal brings networks such as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet together with the Food Network and HGTV. Discovery’s shareholder overwhelmingly voted in favour of the agreement, with more than 258 million for and […]

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