John Honeycutt

Chief Technology Officer

Discovery Communications

As Chief Technology Officer, John Honeycutt leads Discovery Communications’ consolidated IT, media technology, production and operations functions globally. He is charged with developing and implementing a long-term technology strategy to enable Discovery’s growing pay-TV, digital terrestrial, free-to-air and online services.

A 12-year Discovery veteran, Honeycutt most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Discovery Networks International (DNI), where he led the operational structure of Discovery’s growing international business operations across more than 220 countries and territories. Honeycutt oversaw corporate support services for the division, working closely with the company’s international programming, advertising and affiliate sales teams to help develop business strategy, share critical information and develop best practices.

Among his many notable accomplishments, Honeycutt led the ongoing expansion of Discovery’s international operations with the 2013 acquisition of SBS Nordics, a top-three portfolio of television brands across Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland that feature leading nonfiction content, locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios—the largest transaction in Discovery’s history. In addition, he was a key member of the team that led Discovery Communications’ acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport International.

Prior to his role with DNI, Honeycutt served as Executive Vice President and Chief Media Technology Officer, responsible for Discovery's global strategic media technology planning and governance and for international broadcast operations across the company. Before joining Discovery in 2003, Honeycutt served as Senior Vice President of Broadcast Operations for Fox Cable Networks in Los Angeles.

Honeycutt currently serves as Executive in Residence at The Kogod School of Business at American University, serving as a frequent guest lecturer, and he also is a charter member of the Advisory Committee for The Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center.

A recipient of Broadcasting & Cable's Technology Leadership Award, as well as being named a 2015 Broadcasting & Cable Digital All-Star, Honeycutt holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Fitchburg State College.


9:30AM - 10:30AM Wednesday, May 18, 2016