David Zaslav Says ‘Every Day’ of the Hollywood Strikes ‘Was a Bad Day’

The Warner Bros. Discovery CEO says that his “focus” was settling the strike and getting people back to work

David Zaslav, President and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, attends the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. "The Flash" at Ovation Hollywood on June 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
David Zaslav, President and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Despite facing widespread criticism during the Hollywood strikes, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav argued on Wednesday that he, Bob Iger and other studio executives fought hard to put an end to the labor dispute.

“I think the idea of going on strike was bad for all of us. My focus was we need to settle this strike. This is really hurting people” he said during the New York Times’ DealBook Summit. “Every day that we were on strike, that people weren’t working, was a bad day.”

Zaslav, Iger and others executives were scrutinized in the early days of the strike for their massive pay packages.


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