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Discovery ups John Honeycutt to chief technology officer

The company has promoted the former COO and exec VP to the newly created role of chief technology officer, where he will oversee a long-term plan to bolster pay-TV, digital terrestrial, free-to-air and online services.
March 12, 2014

Discovery Communications has promoted John Honeycutt (pictured), most recently the exec VP and chief operating officer for London-based Discovery Networks International, to the newly created role of chief technology officer.

In this position, Honeycutt – who has been at Discovery for 11 years – will lead the media company’s consolidated IT, media technology, production and operations functions globally. The exec will be based at Discovery headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and oversee a long-term technology plan to bolster pay-TV, digital terrestrial, free-to-air and online services.

In his previous position, Honeycutt served as key point person in corporate support services for Discovery’s international business operations in addition to coordinating with the company’s international programming, advertising and affiliate sales teams. In 2013, he helped expand international operations by leading Discovery’s acquisition of SBS Nordics, which is now SBS Discovery Media.

Prior to joining the company in 2003 as exec VP and chief media technology officer for Discovery Communications, Honeycutt served as senior VP of broadcast operations for Fox Cable Networks in Los Angeles.

“Discovery’s rapid, organic growth around the world, along with recent large-scale strategic acquisitions, has increased the breadth, depth and reach of Discovery’s technological footprint, therefore requiring a strong and steady hand at the wheel of our increasingly complex technology operation,” said Andy Warren, chief financial officer for Discovery Communications, in a statement.

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