David Zaslav

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Zaslav: bundling is back

Streaming is a “bit challenged” as a market and a return to bundling could be the way forward, according to Warner Bros. Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia and Technology conference, Zaslav said that the old model of cable bundling was “a good and nourishing experience” for consumers. He […]

Discovery passes 22m streaming subs on back of discovery+ growth

Discovery has said it had 22 million paying streaming subscribers at the end of last year, including recently launched direct-to-consumer offering discovery+, up from around 20 million for the prior quarter. CEO David Zaslav said that the strong streaming subs growth provided “a tailwind” for revenue growth of 11%. However, even advertising growth reached 10%, […]

Discovery prepped for ‘one step back and two forward’ as it pivots to streaming future

Discovery is prepared to “take one step back and two forward” as it pivots towards a streaming future internationally, according to CEO David Zaslav. Speaking on Discovery’s latest quarterly earnings call, Zaslav hinted that Discovery was prepared to go further in sacrificing near-term licensing revenue to aggregate its content into a  compelling direct-to-consumer play. Asked […]

Discovery aims for streaming ‘SUV’ against Netflix and Amazon ‘sports cars’

Discovery is close to unveiling details of plans for a US streaming service that CEO David Zaslav likened to “a new SUV” that would set out on the road built by Netflix and Amazon but currently primarily used by those companies’ “great sports cars”. Speaking to analysts after Discovery posted its latest quarterly numbers, 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 […]

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