Keeping Discovery’s Innovative Spirit Alive

Discovery Communications Founder & Chairman John Hendricks
John Hendricks, Our Founder and Inspiration for the Annual Innovation Awards

On June 17, 1985, Discovery Channel made its debut in the U.S., and almost 27 years later we’re very fortunate at Discovery Communications to have our Founder & Chairman, John Hendricks, as a core part of our company and a very real example of the power of innovative ideas. Today, employees in Silver Spring (and around the world, thanks to modern technology) gathered to celebrate Mr. Hendricks’ innovative spirit and how it lives on daily in our workforce through the John Hendricks Innovation Awards.

Now in their third year, the John Hendricks Innovation Awards are an annual internal celebration of the most innovative and creative initiatives and programs at Discovery Communications and seeing your colleagues recognized makes you proud to be a part of the Discovery family. This year we were lucky enough to be joined by the dapper Danny Forster and two special employee co-hosts, James Williams from our Digital Media team in Silver Spring and Tess Johnson from our Sydney, Australia office. Winners ranged from the cross-departmental team behind the Gold Rush online aftershow and related on-air specials (pictured below) to the IT team responsible for an iPad app for screening our programming on the go.

2012 John Hendricks Innovation Awards Winners for the Gold Rush Aftershow with Event Hosts and Discovery Communications David Zaslav & John Hendricks
2012 John Hendricks Innovation Awards Winners for the Gold Rush Aftershow with Event Hosts and Discovery Communications David Zaslav & John Hendricks

It’s such an honor to work with talented colleagues the world over and I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our collective birthday week!