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Discovery Chief David Zaslav Gets in Fighting Shape for WarnerMedia Takeover (Column)

Discovery Chief David Zaslav Gets in Fighting Shape for WarnerMedia Takeover (Column)

Discovery CEO David Zaslav is, by his own definition, a “fighter.”

He’s poised to record quite a knockout if he pulls off a merger with AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit in a pact that will leave him as the ultimate keeper of the keys to HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., Turner channels and a growing global suite of direct-to-consumer streaming businesses.

News of Discovery’s pursuit of a union with the erstwhile Time Warner assets came on so fast that executives and recent alumni of HBO, Warner Bros. et al were dizzy with surprise as word spread Sunday morning. The notion that yet another new boss was about to enter the picture was stunning to many, after nearly three years of turmoil since AT&T acquired Tw in 2018. Zaslav’s roots in the cable business run deep but he is by no means a Hollywood studio guy, which makes him a scary commodity to some.

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