The Radice Files — Episode 39 “The 2 Z’s”

Frank Radice
5 min readMay 18, 2021

The Discovery/Warner deal puts control of a leviathan media company in the hands of the old school. The 2 Z’s, Zaslav and Zucker, would be a formidable, highly experienced, management team for such a company. I just hope they don’t push the streaming bundle concept.

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