×

Discovery CTO John Honeycutt Exits to Join Google’s Cloud Division

John Honeycutt is leaving Discovery after more than 15 years to join Google Cloud as head of its telecommunications, media and entertainment verticals.

Honeycutt most recently was chief technology officer at Discovery, serving in the role for four and a half years. In the newly created position at Google, Honeycutt will lead development and implementation of Google Cloud’s worldwide strategy, using his pay-TV background to focus on helping migrate traditional video distribution workflows from film studios, content creators and distributors to the cloud. In addition, Honeycutt will work closely with telcos, cable and satellite TV providers and will focus on driving cloud adoption by gaming and esports companies.

Currently based in Reston, Va., Honeycutt will report directly to Tariq Shaukat, Google Cloud’s president of global alliances and industry platforms.

“I have an amazing opportunity at an amazing company,” Honeycutt said in a statement. “I plan to leverage my expertise as a business operator to prioritize workflow and supply chain optimization, leverage our leading AI and machine-learning technologies to help media companies navigate the next wave of industry-wide change, and amplify our team’s previous efforts to ensure overall customer and partner satisfaction.”

Google Cloud, whose competitors include Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft Azure, provides services that let companies establish secure media workflows. Google Cloud customers include 20th Century Fox, Spotify, Snap, King, MPC, Sky, Vimeo and World Surf League.

As Discovery’s CTO, Honeycutt he led the cable programmer’s consolidated IT, media technology, production and operations teams that comprised around 1,500 employees globally. He previously held various senior-level positions at the company, including chief operating officer of Discovery Networks International.

Prior to joining Discovery in 2003, Honeycutt worked at Fox Broadcasting for eight years, most recently as SVP of broadcast operations, after starting his career at Liberty Media.

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • Disney Plus

    New Date Set for Disney Plus Hotstar Launch in India

    The slightly delayed India launch of streaming platform Disney Plus Hotstar is now set for Friday. The service will be available in two price tiers. Disney Plus VIP subscribers get access to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bollywood films, Hotstar originals, unlimited live sports and Star TV serials for INR 399 ($5.30) a year. For [...]

  • Bob PittmanLupus Research Alliance 'Breaking Through

    iHeartMedia's Bob Pittman Foregoes Salary as Company Furloughs Employees

    iHeartMedia has joined the growing list of companies implementing sizable pay cuts for senior executives amid the upheaval caused by the coronavirus crisis. Bob Pittman, chairman and chief executive of broadcast giant iHeartRadio, which counts more than 800 stations as well as a formidable digital radio presence, will forego his salary for the remainder of the [...]

  • Laura Ingraham

    Twitter Requires Fox News' Laura Ingraham to Delete Post With 'Misleading' Coronavirus Claims

    Twitter, stepping up its enforcement of misleading and harmful coronavirus-related claims, required Fox News host Laura Ingraham to delete a tweet from 10 days ago that misrepresented details of an unproven treatment for coronavirus. In the now-deleted tweet from March 20, Ingraham, host of the cable network’s “The Ingraham Angle,” wrote, “Lenox Hill [Hospital] in [...]

  • Steve Carell John Krasinski

    John Krasinski and Steve Carell Hold Mini 'Office' Reunion

    John Krasinski and Steve Carell virtually reunited for an “Office” reunion as part of the first episode of Krasinski’s new YouTube series, “Some Good News.” In an effort to brighten up spirits during the Covid-19 pandemic, Krasinski launched his new YouTube series on Sunday — and there was no better inaugural guest than his former [...]

  • 20190702_788LCDP_S4_tamaraarranz_DSC_9303.nef

    Spanish TV Industry Adjusts to Harsh Realities of the Coronavirus Crisis

    The Spanish TV industry has been shaken by the dramatic impact of the coronavirus crisis, but it is fighting back. Industry players have reacted fast, pushing forward with development, post-production and other business activities using online tools, and with the expectation of supporting funds from both public and private initiatives that will mitigate the effects [...]

  • Tiger King

    Global Content Trends Reveal Unscripted Boom, Surge in Female-Led Dramas

    Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, during which millions of self-isolating individuals are tuning into home entertainment, the trends shaping global content have never been more evident. Recent findings by London-based media research firm Ampere Analysis, which delivered a presentation as part of virtual event MIPTV Plus, reveals an unscripted boom among streamers (best [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content