Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications is a global mass media and entertainment company dedicated to satisfying curiosity through worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery. The Company is also a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3.

Company Growth (employees)
Silver Spring, US
Size (employees)
7,000 (est)
Discovery Communications was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Silver Spring, US

Key People at Discovery Communications

David M. Zaslav

David M. Zaslav

President and CEO Discovery Communications
Adria Alpert Romm

Adria Alpert Romm

Senior EVP, Human Resources & Global Diversity
David C. Leavy

David C. Leavy

Chief Corporate Operations and Communications Officer
Doug Baker

Doug Baker

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Discovery Communications Office Locations

Discovery Communications has offices in Silver Spring, Singapore, London, Warsaw and in 7 other locations
Silver Spring, US (HQ)
One Discovery Place
Charlotte, US
245 4201 Congress St
Atlanta, US
200 5555 Glenridge Dr
New York, US
850 3rd Ave
Los Angeles, US
1500 10100 Santa Monica Blvd
Troy, US
405 Columbia Center 101 W Big Beaver Rd
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Discovery Communications Data and Metrics

Discovery Communications Financial Metrics

Discovery Communications's revenue was reported to be $6.5 b in FY, 2016 which is a 2% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2016)

6.5 b

Revenue growth (FY, 2015 - FY, 2016), %


Gross profit (FY, 2016)

4.1 b

Gross profit margin (FY, 2016), %


Net income (FY, 2016)

1.2 b

EBIT (FY, 2016)

2.1 b

Market capitalization (21-Sep-2017)

6.2 b

Cash (31-Dec-2016)

300 m


13.9 b
Discovery Communications's current market capitalization is $6.2 b.
USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


5.5 b6.3 b6.4 b6.5 b

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

1.7 b2.1 b2.3 b2.4 b

Gross profit

3.8 b4.1 b4.1 b4.1 b
USDY, 2009Y, 2010Y, 2011Y, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


623 m466 m1 b1.2 b408 m367 m390 m300 m


281 m275 m346 m397 m

Current Assets

2.4 b2.5 b2.6 b2.6 b


514 m554 m488 m482 m
USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Net Income

1.1 b1.1 b1 b1.2 b

Cash From Operating Activities

1.3 b1.3 b1.3 b1.4 b

Purchases of PP&E

(115 m)(120 m)(103 m)(88 m)

Cash From Investing Activities

(2 b)(568 m)(301 m)(256 m)
USDY, 2016


6.7 x


10.1 x


928.1 k


1.5 x


0.5 x

Financial Leverage

3 x
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Discovery Communications Operating Metrics

FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


2.6 b2.8 b28 m

Subscribers (Discovery Channel)

277 m310 m321 m

Subscribers (Animal Planet)

214 m221 m239 m


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Discovery Communications Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Acquired CompanyDateDeal Size
Scripps Networks InteractiveJuly 31, 2017$14.6 b

Discovery Communications Market Value History

Discovery Communications Revenue Breakdown

Traffic Overview of Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications Online and Social Media Presence

Discovery Communications News and Updates

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Here Be Dragons AR/VR studio gets $10 million funding from Discovery Communications

You might not have heard of Here Be Dragons before, but you’ve probably heard of some of the projects the it’s worked on. Today, this VR and AR production studio is announcing the closure of a $10 million series A round of funding. Discovery Communications led this investment. Here Be Dragons has be…

Here Be Dragons VR studio closes $10 million Series A from Discovery

 Here Be Dragons, an immersive production studio focused on virtual reality content, has closed a $10 million Series A round led by Discovery Communications with participation also coming from David Droga and David Jones. The raise sets the virtual reality studio’s valuation at $55 million pre-money…

Crunch Report | Reddit Now Valued at $1.8 Billion

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Cord cutting pressures lead to Discovery Communications’ acquisition of Scripps Networks for $14.6B

 Discovery Communications’ $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, announced today, combines two of cable TV’s bigger brands in an era where cord cutting has hit impacted all the major players across the board. The telcos are scrambling to offer live TV streaming bundles in an eff…
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