HBO Alum John Hoffman Joins Discovery as Documentary Chief

Longtime HBO producer John Hoffman has signed on to head documentary and specials for Discovery Channel.

Hoffman’s appointment as exec VP of documentaries and specials marks another high-level exec move by Rich Ross, who formally took the reins as Discovery prexy this week.

Ross, formerly of Shine America and Disney, will make his first appearance as Discovery topper today during the Discovery Communications portion of the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

“John is one of the best in our business, and his filmmaking experience, coupled with his ability to bring together unprecedented partnerships, will keep Discovery moving forward as leaders in groundbreaking and award-winning documentary films,” Ross said.

Hoffman most recently served as CEO of non-profit production venture the Public Good Projects, which produced the docu “Sleepless in America” that aired on National Geographic Channel last year. During his 17-year run at HBO’s documentary arm, Hoffman steered such noted projects as “The Weight of the Nation,” “The Alzheimer’s Project,” “Addiction,” “Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq” and “In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01.”

On Wednesday, Ross announced the appointment of producer John Goldwyn as exec producer overseeing Discovery’s expansion of scripted programming.

More TV

  • ROSEANNE - "Eggs Over, Not Easy"

    Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Roseanne' Returns on Top

    Longtime HBO producer John Hoffman has signed on to head documentary and specials for Discovery Channel. Hoffman’s appointment as exec VP of documentaries and specials marks another high-level exec move by Rich Ross, who formally took the reins as Discovery prexy this week. Ross, formerly of Shine America and Disney, will make his first appearance […]

  • Daniel Bryan

    WWE Stock Climbs as Fox Nears Deal for 'SmackDown'

    Longtime HBO producer John Hoffman has signed on to head documentary and specials for Discovery Channel. Hoffman’s appointment as exec VP of documentaries and specials marks another high-level exec move by Rich Ross, who formally took the reins as Discovery prexy this week. Ross, formerly of Shine America and Disney, will make his first appearance […]

  • The newly married Duke and Duchess

    Royal Wedding Draws 29.2 Million U.S. Viewers Across Networks

    Longtime HBO producer John Hoffman has signed on to head documentary and specials for Discovery Channel. Hoffman’s appointment as exec VP of documentaries and specials marks another high-level exec move by Rich Ross, who formally took the reins as Discovery prexy this week. Ross, formerly of Shine America and Disney, will make his first appearance […]

  • Vernon Sanders Amazon

    Amazon Studios Names NBC Vet Vernon Sanders Co-Head of TV

    Longtime HBO producer John Hoffman has signed on to head documentary and specials for Discovery Channel. Hoffman’s appointment as exec VP of documentaries and specials marks another high-level exec move by Rich Ross, who formally took the reins as Discovery prexy this week. Ross, formerly of Shine America and Disney, will make his first appearance […]

  • DJ Envy, Gia Casey'Power' TV series

    Bravo Puts Eight New Series Into Development, Including DJ Envy Family Docu-Comedy

    Longtime HBO producer John Hoffman has signed on to head documentary and specials for Discovery Channel. Hoffman’s appointment as exec VP of documentaries and specials marks another high-level exec move by Rich Ross, who formally took the reins as Discovery prexy this week. Ross, formerly of Shine America and Disney, will make his first appearance […]

  • ROSEANNE - "Knee Deep" - Roseanne's

    Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of May 21, 2018

    Longtime HBO producer John Hoffman has signed on to head documentary and specials for Discovery Channel. Hoffman’s appointment as exec VP of documentaries and specials marks another high-level exec move by Rich Ross, who formally took the reins as Discovery prexy this week. Ross, formerly of Shine America and Disney, will make his first appearance […]

  • The Middle finale

    How ‘The Middle’ Will Say Goodbye After Nine Seasons

    Longtime HBO producer John Hoffman has signed on to head documentary and specials for Discovery Channel. Hoffman’s appointment as exec VP of documentaries and specials marks another high-level exec move by Rich Ross, who formally took the reins as Discovery prexy this week. Ross, formerly of Shine America and Disney, will make his first appearance […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content