John Hoffman

Executive Vice President, Documentaries and Specials, Discovery Channel; Founder and Former CEO, The Public Good Projects

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. Hoffman reports to Rich Ross, President of Discovery Channel.

Before joining Discovery, Hoffman founded The Public Good Projects where he served as CEO from 2013 to 2015. While there, Hoffman executive produced and directed the company’s first major film, Sleepless in America, which explores the sleep loss epidemic in the U.S. and aired on the National Geographic Channel in 2014.

Earlier, 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 multiple-Emmy®-nominated The Weight of the Nation, the 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 a 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 Hoffman served as a producer include the The Alzheimer’s Project; AddictionAll Aboard! Rosie’s Family CruiseLast Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of IraqA Rape in a Small Town: The Florence Holway Story; My Architect;  In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton;  Paragraph 175A Little Curious; Children in WarCancer: Evolution to Revolution; and One Day in September, among others.  

In addition to his film work at HBO, Hoffman is a published author. He wrote 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, Hoffman created and produced the award-winning Nickelodeon series Allegra’s Window from 1993-96. 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. Hoffman also co-founded the non-profit production company AIDSFILMS, dedicated to HIV education. As the executive director of AIDSFILMS from 1987-90, he raised funds and produced six multi-award winning documentaries including the PBS special, AIDS: Changing the Rules.

Hoffman’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. Hoffman is a graduate of Cornell University and is based in New York.