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Discovery’s David Zaslav heading to MIPTV

The president and CEO of Discovery Communications will discuss the global programming environment as well as the company's recent international acquisitions and strategic partnerships during a keynote session.
February 20, 2013

Discovery Communications’ president and CEO David Zaslav is coming to Cannes.

Zaslav will present a keynote address at MIPTV on Tuesday, April 9, as part of the market and conference’s Media Mastermind series.

Organizers say the Discovery topper will discuss the global programming environment as well as the company’s recent international acquisitions and strategic partnerships during his session.

Late last year, the global non-fiction media company announced plans to buy ProSiebenSat1′s SBS Nordic operations, a deal valued at approximately US$1.7 billion. At roughly the same time, Discovery Communications confirmed that it had entered a strategic partnership with France’s TF1, which would see the U.S. company take a 20% minority interest in the Eurosport group, which could potentially raise to 51% in two years’ time.

The company’s flagship channel, Discovery Channel, also recently announced plans to move into scripted programming with the upcoming Klondike (w/t) project, to be produced by Scott Free Productions and eOne Television.

MIPTV runs from April 8-11.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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