8 Bob Iger
Annual Salary: $29.6 million
Disney CEO Bob Iger's compensation in fiscal 2010 rose 24%, outpacing gains in the company's net income, revenue and the stock price. Iger's salary, stock, options and various bonuses totaled $29.6 million in the fiscal year that ended Oct. 2, up from $23.9 million a year earlier. The exec also racked up more than $754,000 in fees associated with security and personal air travel.
7 Phillipe Dauman
Annual Salary: $84.5 million
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman saw his compensation more than double even though the company's 2010 fiscal year was only nine months long due to a change in its financial reporting calendar. The gains were partly due to one-time stock and options awards as part of a new long-term employment conract he signed last year. Dauman received compensation for the nine months ended Sept. 30 that was valued at $84.5 million, compared to $34 million for all of 2009. One-time stock and options awards amounted to $54.3 million of that amount. Excluding the one-time awards, he would have made $30.2 million.
6 Jeff Bewkes
Annual Salary: $26.3 million
Company: Time Warner
Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes received $26.3 million in total compensation last year, up 34.5 percent from the $19.6 million recorded for 2009. His base salary rose from $1.75 million to $2 million, while his performance-based bonus payments increased from $12.1 million to $14.4 million. Bewkes also saw the value of his stock and options awards rise.
5 Steve Burke and Brian Roberts
Annual Salary: $31.1 million,$34.7 million
Company: Comcast Corp.
Cable giant Comcast Corp. disclosed chairman and CEO Brian Roberts and new NBCUniversal president and CEO Steve Burke saw their compensation rise somewhat in 2010, with the former’s bigger increase narrowing the pay gap between the two. Roberts’ compensation package totaled $31.1 million, up 14%. Burke’s total compensation amounted to $34.7 million, up 5.2% over 2009. That is a smaller increase than what has been disclosed for most industry executives so far, but Burke started from a higher level.
4 Mike White
Annual Salary: $1.45 million
DirecTV chairman, president and CEO Michael White's total 2010 compensation amounted to $32.9 million. A big boost for the pay package though was single "up front" multiyear stock and stock options incentive grant valued at about $9.1 million per year over a three-year period, the company said. White, who joined DirecTV last year, had a base salary of $1.45 million. White also received a performance-based bonus of $4 million. The filing also mentioned the upfront stock awards valued at $14.7 million and option awards worth $12.5 million overall as part of his compensation, plus "other" compensation.
3 Rupert Murdoch
Annual Salary: $16.8 million
Company: News Corp.
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch's total compensation fell 6 percent in fiscal 2010 to $16.8 million from $18 million the previous year. This drop came despite company growth, thanks to the massive success from Avatar and a rebounding advertising market. His salary remained the same, at $8.1 million, but his performance-based pay fell nearly 20 percent to $4.4 million. Also staying about the same were his new stock and option grants, worth $4.1 million.
2 David Zaslav
Annual Salary: $2 million
Company: Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav rode a surging stock price -- it quadrupled since late 2008 -- to boost his compensation last year to $42.6 million, nearly four times what he earned in 2009. Zaslav's salary was $2 million in 2010, just as it was a year earlier and a year before that, but the chunk of stock and option awards he cashed in put him among the upper echelon of highly compensated entertainment executives.
1 Glenn Britt
Annual Salary: $1.25 million
Company: Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt's compensation grew 9% last year to $17.4 million. His base salary -- $1.25 million -- was the same as it was in 2002 and his compensation is roughly in line with CEOs at other such providers of TV services as DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T, Cablevision and Comcast. Nearly half of Britt's compensation came by way of non-equity incentives, while stock and options amounted to $7.4 million. His compensation also included $186,000 for personal use of corporate-owned aircraft.
Source: Hollywood Reporter