×

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

  • Bigger

    TV News Roundup: BET Plus Renews Will Packer's 'Bigger'

    In today’s TV news roundup, BET Plus renewed “Bigger” for a second season, and Netflix announced premiere dates for “On My Block” Season 3 and “Feel Good.” CASTING Josh Hartnett has been cast in Quibi’s upcoming series “Die Hart.“ Hartnett will play a fictionalized character of himself, an alumnus of the action school where Kevin [...]

  • Ja'net Dubois Dead

    Ja'Net DuBois, 'Good Times' Actress, Dies at 74

    Ja’Net DuBois, known for her turn as Willona Woods on “Good Times,” was found dead in her Glendale, Calif. home on Tuesday. The Pan African Film Festival, which she co-founded, said she “would be deeply missed.” Her family told TMZ the actress died unexpectedly in her sleep. She was believed to be 74. In addition [...]

  • Esther Scott dead

    Esther Scott, Actress in 'Boyz N the Hood,' 'Hart of Dixie,' Dies at 66

    Esther Scott, who appeared in “Boyz N the Hood,” voiced Shodu in the “Ewoks” series and guest starred on dozens of TV series, died Friday in Los Angeles, her representative confirmed. She had suffered a heart attack Tuesday at her Santa Monica home. She was 66. Born in Queens, N.Y., Scott appeared in at least [...]

  • Melissa Leo

    Melissa Leo to Lead Fox Drama Pilot 'Blood Relative'

    Academy Award winner Melissa Leo has been cast in the lead role of Fox’s drama pilot “Blood Relative.” The series is based on James Renner’s article “Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries.” Leo will star as Louise Kelly, an expert in genetic [...]

  • Devs Review

    'Devs': TV Review

    The idea that the technology industry has the power not just to reshape the world in which we live but — through acts of creative destruction — build a new one overlaying and eventually supplanting it has been fertile territory for the arts in recent memory. Indeed, to this point, one of the bards of [...]

  • Peter Berg

    Netflix Sets Opioid Crisis Series From 'Narcos'' Eric Newman, Peter Berg to Direct

    Netflix has ordered an eight-episode limited series on the origins of the opioid crisis titled “Painkiller,” Variety has learned. Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster will write and serve as showrunners and executive producers on the series. The pair recently wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and previously collaborated [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content