Since joining as CEO in 2007, Zaslav has transformed Discovery into a global leader in real-life entertainment, reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers around the world. Under his leadership, his company began trading as a public company in 2008 and became a Fortune 500 company in 2014.
Most recently under Zaslav, Discovery announced an agreement to acquire Scripps Networks Interactive, in a deal which is expected to close in early 2018. Together, the two companies will comprise a world-class portfolio of brands and become home to five of the top female networks, delivering over 20% share of women watching primetime in the U.S., nearly 20% of ad-supported pay-TV viewership in the U.S. and over 7 billion streams.
Led by Zaslav, Discovery has launched some of the fastest-growing cable networks in the U.S., including Investigation Discovery and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as numerous other channels around the world. He is credited with expanding the company’s range of content genres and brands through investments including Discovery Kids, the leading pre-school network in Latin America, and through the acquisition of Eurosport, which under his leadership became home to the Olympic Games in Europe through 2024. Zaslav has also sought to position his company for a vibrant digital future, investing in new digital distribution platforms and content formats to ensure it reaches every person across every screen and new platform.
Jon Feltheimer, Chief Executive Officer, Lionsgate (USA)
David Zaslav, President & CEO Discovery Communications (USA)
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