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Discovery ups Honeycutt to chief technology officer

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.
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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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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