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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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