Hollywood’s Highest Paid Executives: Who Made Bank, Who Sank in 2018 (Updating)

David Zaslav and Leslie Moonves had very different years

The U.S. economy had a pretty good 2018, and so did many of Hollywood’s top TV, film and media executives.

Making the most coin — by far — was Discovery chief David Zaslav, who saw his executive compensation soar to $129.4 million. That dwarfed the other guys (and we do mean guys) on this list, especially with disgraced CBS boss Leslie Moonves leaving the field in September.

As part of Moonves’ separation agreement from his former employer, the man accused by numerous women of sexual misconduct had to forfeit $34.5 million. For what it’s worth, Moonves still made more money in his abbreviated 2018 than Dish chairman Charlie Ergen did across 12 months — nearly four times more.

Below is TheWrap‘s list of executive compensation details from 2017 corporate SEC filings. To compare it to past years, click through our previous annual reports:

2017 |2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

We will be updating this story as more major media companies report the take-home pay of their top executives.

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