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Why the Discovery CEO is the biggest guy in television
“Behold the besuited hominid as he sips his French roast . . .” Amateur anthropologists will recognize the executive in his natural habitat; he hits the home gym and polishes off a grapefruit wedge, all before 7. His steadiness provokes respect, if not awe.
And then there is 55-year-old Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav, whose nature documentary would be full of quick cuts and narrated by Harvey Keitel. Zaslav is the boss of the whole Discovery television enterprise—comprising Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Science, OWN, Investigation Discovery (ID) and a host of international channels, including Eurosport, the continent’s equivalent of ESPN—and he has no room, he’ll tell you, for anything other than the most unusual and compelling characters. Since …