John Hendricks General Information
Mr. John Hendricks served as Chairman & Board Member at Software Acquisition Group. He is an Angel Investor. He serves as Advisor at Nanomech. John Hendricks served as the Chairman & Founder at Discovery Communications. He co-founded discovery channel. He created Discovery Channel in 1985 as the first cable network in the United States designed to provide high-quality documentary programming enabling people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity. Hendricks has been the driving force behind the company's dramatic growth, including the expansion of Discovery Communications from its core property, Discovery Channel, to current global operations in over 220 countries and territories with more than 2 billion cumulative subscribers. Under Hendricks' leadership, Discovery now encompasses more than 190 networks of distinctive programming representing 50 entertainment brands including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. efore 1985, Hendricks founded and served as president of the American Association of University Consultants (AAUC), a private consulting organization that specialized in television distribution, marketing and fundraising for educational programs and services. Hendricks holds a B.A. in history (magna cum laude, 1974) and an honorary doctorate (1991) from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. John Hendricks is the founder and former Chairman of Discovery Communications, the world's leading nonfiction media company. Hendricks created Discovery Channel in 1985 as the first cable network in the United States designed to deliver high-quality documentary programming to television viewers. He was the driving force behind Discovery's dramatic growth, including the expansion of Discovery Communications from its core property, Discovery Channel, to current global operations in over 220 countries and territories representing 26 entertainment brands including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery with more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers worldwide. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to K-12 schools. Hendricks's memoir about founding the company, A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story, was published by Harper Collins in 2013. Hendricks retired as Executive Chairman of Discovery in May 2014. Hendricks also is the Founder of Curiosity Project, a multi-platform initiative delivering to lifelong learners the highest quality deep-dive content on topics in science, technology, civilization and the human spirit. Curiosity Project is comprised of Curiosity Retreats, annual five-day gatherings of leading-edge thinkers presenting to and engaging with enrolled guests at the five-star Gateway Canyons Resort in Colorado; and Curiosity Club, a digital subscription service launching in first quarter 2015 at curiosityclub.com, featuring the highest quality deep-dive factual content captured at Curiosity Retreats and Curiosity Studios. A visionary in the media industry, Hendricks has been honored with a Primetime Emmy Award and with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences highest honor, the Governors Award, for conceiving the TLC series, Great Books. The Ark Trust named him a recipient of the Genesis Award for lifetime achievement for his efforts in raising awareness around the globe about animal issues. Hendricks also has been recognized as the first corporate leader to receive the National Education Association's Friend of Education award for "innovations in education and technology and greatly expanding educational opportunity for America's schoolchildren."