David Zaslav

771 Votes

Compensation: $42,247,984
Company: Discovery



David M. Zaslav (born January 15, 1960)[1] is the president and chief executive officer of Discovery Inc., a position he has held since January 2007.[2][3] Most recently under Zaslav, Discovery acquired Scripps Networks Interactive, in a transaction which closed in March 2018[4]. The two companies comprise a world class portfolio of entertainment brands comprising nearly 20% of the ad-supported pay-TV viewership in the U.S. and more than 7 billion monthly video views.[5]

He was previously an executive at NBC Universal.[2][6] In 2016, Zaslav was listed on Vanity Fair‘s New Establishment List, described as 100 “Silicon Valley hotshots, Hollywood moguls, Wall Street titans, and cultural icons.”[7]

Zaslav serves on the boards of Sirius XM Radio, Inc., Lions Gate Entertainment, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, The Cable Center, Center for Communication, Skills for America’s Future, Grupo Televisa, Partnership for New York City, and USC Shoah Foundation. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center for Media and the Mt. Sinai Medical Center.[49] He is chair of the Auschwitz: The Past Is Present Committee which promotes awarenees of the Holocaust.[8][9][50] In 2012, he received the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award from the UJA-Federation of New York[51] which honors people of vision, energy and sustained achievement in the entertainment, media and communications industries.[52]

In 2014, Zaslav was awarded the Fred Dressler Leadership Award by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.[12]

David Zaslav was awarded the Susan Newhouse & SI Newhouse Award of Hope for his support of the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) in September 2016.[53]

In 2017, Zaslav was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.[54]

In 2018, Zaslav received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award. [55]