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Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications
Company nameDiscovery Communications, Inc.
Company typePublic
S&P 500 Component
IndustryBroadcasting & Cable TV
PredecessorDiscovery Holding Company
Founded1972
Founder(s)John S. Hendricks
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleJohn S. Hendricks
(Chairman)
David M. Zaslav
(President and CEO)
Revenue(+) US$ 3.773 billion (2010)
Operating income(+) US$ 1.360 billion (2010)
Net income(+) US$ 669 million (2010)
Total assets(+) US$ 11.019 billion (2010)
Total equity(+) US$ 6.233 billion (2010)
Employees4,200 (2010)
DivisionsList of Divisions

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Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI) (Nasdaq - DISCA, Nasdaq - DISCB, Nasdaq - DISCK) is an American global media and entertainment company. The company started as a single channel in 1985, The Discovery Channel. Today, DCI has global operations offering 28 network entertainment brands on more than 100 channels in more than 180 countries in 39 languages for over 1.5 billion subscribers around the globe. Discovery Communications is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

DCI both produces original television programming and acquires content from producers worldwide. This non-fiction programming is offered through DCI's 28 network entertainment brands, including Discovery Channel, Military Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Health Channel and a family of digital channels. DCI also distributes BBC America and BBC World News to cable and satellite operators in the United States.


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