Zaslav last year collected compensation valued at $33.3 million, according to Discovery's proxy, which was filed Friday afternoon with the
That amount represented a more than 30% drop over Zaslav's 2012 pay arrangement, which was valued at $49.9 million.
Zaslav in 2013 received a base salary of $3 million, a $5.8-million cash bonus and $22.5 million in stock option awards. Discovery extended another $2 million in additional benefits, including $1.5 million for his supplemental retirement account, a car allowance, travel on corporate jets, personal security and reimbursements for home-office expenses.
Zaslav, 54, is credited with dramatically growing Discovery's foreign channels business, expanding the TV company's international footprint at a much faster clip than other media companies.
According to the proxy, Discovery's second-highest paid executive last year was Mark G. Hollinger, then chief of Discovery Networks International. Hollinger -- a 23-year company veteran -- collected nearly $8 million in compensation. (Hollinger has since stepped down from that position.)
Company founder John Hendricks' compensation reached $7.8 million in 2013.
Last week, the company announced Hendricks would be retiring as chairman in May.
While 2013 didn't rank as Zaslav's highest-grossing year (he received $52 million in 2011), he could set a record with his compensation this year.
In January, Zaslav negotiated a new contract that will keep him at Discovery another six years. With stock and bonuses, Zaslav's 2014 compensation could top $100 million.
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Disney, the largest entertainment company, generated $46 billion in revenue last year and has a market capitalization of $138 billion.
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