John Hoffman serves as executive vice president, Documentaries and Specials, for Discovery 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. John reports to Rich Ross, president of Discovery Channel.
Before joining Discovery, John served as CEO of The Public Good Projects, a nonprofit production company he founded in 2013 to provide innovative media that makes complex health problems easier to understand so that people can take better care of themselves and their families. His company's first film, Sleepless in America, explores the sleep-loss epidemic in the US, and aired on National Geographic Television in 2014. John served as both director and executive producer on the film.
Earlier, John was 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 multiple-Emmy® -nominated The Weight of the Nation, a 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 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.
Other notable HBO documentaries on which John has served as a producer include The Alzheimer's Project; Addiction; All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise; Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq; A Rape in a Small Town: The Florence Holway Story; My Architect; In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01; Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton; Paragraph 175; A Little Curious; Children in War; Cancer: Evolution to Revolution; and One Day in September, among others.
In addition to his film work at HBO, John is a published author. He has written companion books for three of his HBO films, including Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop?, The Alzheimer's Project: Momentum in Science, and The Weight of the Nation: Surprising Lessons About Diets, Food, and Fat from the Extraordinary Series from HBO Documentary Films.
Before joining HBO, John created and produced the award-winning Nickelodeon series Allegra's Window from 1993 to 1996. He earlier served as a producer at Children's Television Workshop and before that was the administrative director of the Center for Special Studies at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. John also co-founded the nonprofit production company AIDSFILMS, dedicated to HIV education. As the executive director of AIDSFILMS from 1987 to 1990, he raised funds and produced six multi-award-winning documentaries, including the PBS special AIDS: Changing the Rules.
John's work has received numerous awards, including five Prime Time Emmy® awards, with 14 nominations. Additional honors include a Peabody Award, two duPont-Columbia awards, and nine News & Documentary Emmy® Award nominations, among others. John is a graduate of Cornell University and is based in New York.