Topic: David Zaslav

Discovery Adds DirecTV’s Paul Guyardo as Chief Commercial Officer

He will oversee ad sales and digital media

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…

With New Distribution Deal, Comcast and Discovery Kiss and Make Up

Move past Time Warner Cable battle

To paraphrase Taylor Swift, Discovery Communications and Comcast used to have bad blood, but now they've got mad love.  After bitterly feuding last year over Comcast's attempted $45 billion acquisition of…

Facetime: Mid-June Soirees, Galas, Awards and Premieres

Natasha Lyonne, Anne Fulenwider, David Levy and David Zaslav

Programming execs, TV stars, magazine editors, producers and even a Knicks player came together this week to celebrate launches, premieres, awards and more.

How to Sell a TV Show Today

The upfront may look different, but it’s as important as ever

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. As tradition dictates,…

Racing Extinction

Discovery Leverages Global Reach in Multi-Network Upfront

New shows feature a race to the moon, endangered species and a blue-collar king

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…

What Did TV CEOs Tell Investors About the Weak Ad Market?

Telcos, cars and CPG underspent on television

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…

Do You Have to Go Overseas or Buy a Competitor to Get New Video Subscribers?

Comcast consolidates, Netflix goes abroad

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…

John Malone Maps Out Succession Plan

Cable pioneer offers rights of first refusal to Discovery, Liberty Global CEOs

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…

David Zaslav Will Run Discovery Communications Through 2019

More stock options, more years for unscripted Svengali

David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications, will continue in that role through 2019, the cable conglomerate announced today. “David has done a superb job," said Liberty Media's John Malone,…

Discovery Ad Revenue Up, Continues to Digest Giant SBS Nordic Acquisition

International biz the focus of Q3 earnings

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav had a lot of questions to field about international business this morning, not least because of the company's massive purchase (which it's still digesting) of…