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Discovery Channel Hires New EVP to Oversee Documentaries and Specials

Jan 8, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“Making his strongest statement yet about the direction in which he’s taking the Discovery Channel, its new president Rich Ross announced this morning, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, that he’s named HBO veteran John Hoffman as Executive Vice President of Documentaries and Specials,” reports our good friend Lisa de Moraes at Deadline.

She continues, “Hoffman immediately assumes this key position on the senior leadership team of Discovery Communication’s flagship network, overseeing all development activities in the alternative and specials area. Hoffman will produce original documentary programming from development through production, commission and acquire films and specials, and be responsible for developing cross-platform programming.”

De Moraes also notes that “Hoffman was a part of HBO Documentary Films for 17 years where, in addition to his executive role as vice president, he most recently executive produced and directed ‘The Weight of the Nation, a four-part documentary series about families struggling with obesity.

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