This has has been a roller coaster year for the television industry—ratings are falling, the upfront cost per impression is soaring, and there are major questions about the future of TV—which means TV's top executives have a lot to reflect on as they plot for 2017.
Discovery Communications has poached DirecTV exec Paul Guyardo, who will join the company in the newly created role of chief commercial officer. Guayardo, who starts Oct. 5, will oversee the company's U.S. ad sales, digital media, licensing and consumer products, consumer insights, and data analytics. He'll report to Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav.
To paraphrase Taylor Swift, Discovery Communications and Comcast used to have bad blood, but now they've got mad love.
Programming execs, TV stars, magazine editors, producers and even a Knicks player came together this week to celebrate launches, premieres, awards and more.
The upfront has been pronounced a goner so many times it is beyond cliché. But the truth is, the television networks' annual programming presentations are not going anywhere.
It's not uncommon to hear hyperbolic talk at upfront presentations, but when Discovery Channel president Rich Ross talked about reaching for the moon at the network's presentation in New York Tuesday, he meant it—among the shows Discovery Channel announced is Lunar XPRIZE, tracking a competition among teams working to land a craft on the moon (preferably, Ross said, live, and i
Now that second-quarter earnings are over for the media sector, we can finally take a good look at what senior media company executives actually said on calls to investors when they were in the hot seat at the end of the summer.
Netflix executives practically had party hats on during their earnings call on Monday. The reason? The company topped 50 million subscribers for the first time. Comcast, meanwhile, was similarly pleased to report that it had expanded, but not by convincing new subscribers to sign on—by moving forward with its deal to acquire Time Warner Cable.
In what would appear to be a succession-planning move, John Malone has offered Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav the right of first refusal to buy his voting stakes in the Silver Spring, Md.-based media company.
David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications, will continue in that role through 2019, the cable conglomerate announced today.