Inside the Discovery-AT&T Deal: Cute Emails, a Big Loan and Now, a Media Giant

An early-morning meeting at a Greenwich Village townhouse, under the watchful eye of Steve McQueen, was part of a monthslong campaign.

By John Koblin, Michael M. Grynbaum, Edmund Lee and Lauren Hirsch

In the predawn hours of April 1, David Zaslav, the chief executive of Discovery, arrived at a rented townhouse in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village — decorated with photos of rock stars and one of the actor Steve McQueen in sunglasses holding a gun — to prepare for a meeting that would soon reverberate across the American media industry.

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