Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav's 2018 pay jumps 206% to $129.4M

Discovery Communications reports 2018 executive compensation

By ExecPay News

Published: March 22, 2019

Discovery Communications reported fiscal year 2018 executive compensation information on March 22, 2019.

In 2018, five executives at Discovery Communications received on average a compensation package of $32.4M, a 165% increase compared to previous year.

Average pay of disclosed executives at Discovery Communications

David M. Zaslav, Chief Executive Officer, received $129.4M in total, which increased by 206% compared to 2017. 78.88% of Zaslav's compensation, or $102.1M, was in option awards. Zaslav also received $9M in non-equity incentive plan, $3M in salary, $14.8M in stock awards, as well as $551.9K in other compensation.

For fiscal year 2018, the median employee pay was $85,704 at Discovery Communications. Therefore, the ratio of David M. Zaslav's pay to the median employee pay was 1,510 to one.

Bruce L. Campbell, Chief Development, Distribution and Legal Officer, received a compensation package of $12.3M, which increased by 59% compared to previous year. 42.07% of the compensation package, or $5.2M, was in stock awards.

Jean-Briac Perrette, Chief Executive Officer, earned $8.5M in 2018, a 3% increase compared to previous year.

Gunnar Wiedenfels, Chief Financial Officer, received $6.6M in 2018, which increases by 11% compared to 2017.

Peter Faricy, Chief Executive Officer, earned $4.8M in 2018.