David Zaslav

Years in Cable: 27

Education: BS, SUNY Binghamton; JD, Boston University School of Law

One Word that Best Describes Me: Loyal

Zaslav’s stewardship has spurred Discovery’s growth on a global scale. By last fall the company surpassed 3 billion cumulative worldwide viewers. Record viewership, new partnerships and distribution deals in several nations, and the acquisition of Eurosport—including a deal to acquire TV and multiplatform broadcast rights to the 2018-24 Olympic Games in Europe—are only a few highlights of an impressive year. The flagship Discovery Channel ended 2015 as the top non-sports cable net among men, while internationally the company’s female lifestyle brands saw six percent growth in market share.

Virtual reality is… a huge opportunity for us, and something we’re already monetizing.

Last show I watched not on my network(s): “Downton Abbey”

Favorite charity event you work with: The USC Shoah Foundation gives a voice to Holocaust survivors, victims and their families. It’s an incredible organization with an important mission and something I’m deeply proud to be a part of.

Best way to spend a Saturday night: An early dinner with my wife, Pam

I watch the majority of programming on this device: My TV

My typical breakfast is… oatmeal, fruit and lots of coffee!

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