David Zaslav on AT&T-Time Warner deal: Content is the ultimate winner here
Discovery Communications CEO on AT&T-Time Warner deal
David Zaslav, the longtime chief executive of Discovery Communications Inc., will sit at the helm of AT&T Inc. and Discovery's combined media company.
As a result of the $43 billion tie-up, the media giant will own channels including CNN, HBO, TNT, TBS, Animal Planet, Food Network and the Warner Bros. franchise and rival major heavy hitters in the industry including Walt Disney Co.'s Disney+ and Netflix.
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Discovery CEO’s Early Roots
Prior to his time at Discovery, Zaslav worked at NBCUniversal and was "instrumental" in developing and launching CNBC, according to Discovery. He also played a role in developing MSNBC.
Before entering media, he worked as an attorney with the New York firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae.
Zaslav is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law.
Discovery’s Stable of Hits and Brands
Zaslav has been in charge of Discovery since 2007. During his 14-year span, he oversaw the company's global suite of brands across pay-TV, free-to-air, direct-to-consumer and other digital platforms, according to Discovery.
He has been instrumental in reality television with a more serious twist with hits such as ‘Deadliest Catch', Dirty Jobs: Rowe'd Trip, Gold Rush, Undercover Boss and Shark Week.
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Discovery’s Road to Public Company
In 2008, one year after Zaslav took over the reins, the company went public. Six years later, it became a Fortune 500 company.
Zaslav is credited with helping the company launch "some of the fastest-growing cable networks in the U.S." which includes Investigation Discovery and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.