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John Hoffman

Discovery Channel

John Hoffman

John Hoffman serves as Executive Vice President, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel.  He has oversight for all development activities for documentaries and specials, produces original documentary programming from development through production, commissions and acquires films and specials, and is responsible for developing cross-platform programming. Hoffman reports to Rich Ross, President of Discovery Channel.

Since joining Discovery, Hoffman acquired and shepherded the global premiere of Emmy® nominated film RACING EXTINCTION in 220 countries and territories.  Under his direction, Discovery launched Discovery Impact, a slate of groundbreaking documentaries focusing on humankind’s impact on the environment and what individuals and society as a whole can do to solve some of the largest problems facing the planet.  His most recent project, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film will air under the Discovery Impact banner in August 2017.  Hoffman served as executive producer on recent Discovery Impact titles including, SONIC SEA, KILLING THE COLORADO, and HUNTWATCH.

Before joining Discovery, Hoffman served as CEO of The Public Good Projects, a non-profit production company he founded in 2013 to provide innovative media that makes complex health problems easier to understand so people can take better care of themselves and their families. His company’s first film, Sleepless in America, explored the sleep loss epidemic in the U.S., and aired on National Geographic Television in 2014. Hoffman served as both director and executive producer on the film.

Earlier, Hoffman was a part of HBO Documentary Films for 17 years where, in addition to his executive role as vice president, he executive produced and directed the multiple-Emmy®-nominated The Weight of the Nation, the groundbreaking four-part documentary series, featuring case studies and interviews with our nation’s leading experts and the stories of individuals and families struggling with obesity. Presented by HBO in a collaboration with the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this series was made in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

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