As Chief Technology Officer, John Honeycutt revolutionizes technology strategy at Discovery Communications, leading efforts across consolidated IT, media technology, production and operations functions globally. Positioned in the pinnacle of the digital evolution, he is charged with developing and implementing a long-term technology strategy to expand Discovery’s traditional linear pay-TV model to include screens on all devices anytime, anywhere through the use of efficient and cutting-edge technology. With 14 years of leadership at Discovery, Honeycutt has developed a strong presence within both Discovery and the media industry, leading teams in a sustainable and efficient manner while polishing his industry reputation through conferences and speaking engagements worldwide.
Prior to his role as CTO, Honeycutt also 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 Eurosport International, home of the Olympic Games in Europe starting in 2018.
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. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Piksel Inc. and the IBC Council.
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.