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John Samuel Hendricks[1] (born March 29, 1952)[2] is an American businessman and is the founder and former chairman of Discovery Communications, a broadcasting and film production company which owns the Discovery Channel, TLC and Animal Planet
Animal Planet
networks, among other ventures. On March 20, 2014, after 32 years at the helm, he made public his decision to retire as chairman of Discovery Communications after the annual shareholders' meeting of May 16, 2014. He moved on to found CuriosityStream, an ad-free, on-demand nonfiction streaming service.[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Commercial ventures 3 Family 4 Charitable activity 5 Honors 6 References

Early life[edit] Born in Matewan, West Virginia, Hendricks' father was a home builder and his mother a clerk for city government. In 1958, the Hendricks family moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where Hendricks grew up. His father died when he was 20, and his mother died when he was 30. He attended S.R. Butler High School
S.R. Butler High School
where he met his first wife, Pattie Miller. Hendricks graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and he received his bachelor's degree in history in 1974. While a student at UAH he worked in the audio visual department where he had the idea to bring documentaries to the public. He was hired as director of community and government relations for the University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Alabama in Huntsville
the year he graduated, and became director of corporate and foundation relations for the University of Maryland in 1975. While at the University of Maryland, he co-founded a fund-raising consulting company, the American Association of University Consultants, with Edward M. Peabody, and published several newsletters aimed at academic disciplines such as chemistry.[2][4] Commercial ventures[edit] John Hendricks founded the Cable Educational Network, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1982 to provide documentary programming to cable broadcasters. On June 17, 1985, Hendricks launched the Discovery Channel with $5 million in start-up capital led by the American investment firm Allen & Company. Today, Discovery's main shareholders include John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media, and Advance/Newhouse (publishers of Vanity Fair, New Yorker, and Vogue).[5] Hendricks helped found the Women's United Soccer Association
Women's United Soccer Association
in 1999. After operating for three seasons, WUSA ceased operations in 2003.[6] In 2004, Hendricks and a group of investors attempted a financial rescue of the league to revive professional women's soccer in the United States. In April 2007, the WUSA announced a revival of the league, to occur in 2008.[7] The new league, Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), ran March 2009 to January 2012. In 2013, Harper Collins published his first business memoir, A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story. His biography recounts the struggles and triumphs of turning his passion for documentary programs into the world's most widely distributed cable channel and parlaying its popularity into a leading global media company.[8] In 2015, Hendricks founded CuriosityStream, an online video on demand service.[9] CuriosityStream
CuriosityStream
provides documentaries and series about science, technology, history and nature. Family[edit] John Hendricks married his current wife, Maureen Donohue, on January 10, 1981. John and Maureen have two children, Elizabeth Hendricks North and Andrew Hendricks. Elizabeth attended the Holton-Arms School and Princeton University, and serves as President of CuriosityStream.[10][11] Andrew attended the Landon School,[12] and is President of Driven Experiences, a racing and automotive company invested in many forms of the marketing media.[13] Andrew is also a professional sports car driver in Grand-Am Road Racing.[2] Charitable activity[edit] In 1995, Hendricks was appointed to the Lowell Observatory
Lowell Observatory
Advisory Board. In 2004, Hendricks donated $1 million to the Observatory for the construction of the Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
Telescope.[14] In 2007, Hendricks donated an additional $5 million to the Observatory to complete the telescope. The Planetary Research Center at the Observatory was renamed the Hendricks Center for Planetary Studies shortly thereafter in honor of the donation.[15] Hendricks serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations including United States Olympic Committee, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Institute for Advanced Study, National Forest Foundation, and Discovery Learning Alliance. Hendricks has organized two charitable foundations. The John and Maureen Hendricks Charitable Foundation was established in 2001. It receives donations from the Hendricks family (roughly $1.1 million in 2005-2006, according to the foundation's Form 900 tax statement) and disburses grants to charitable causes. In total gifting, the Hendricks have donated over $30 million to numerous non-profit organizations supporting a wide variety of causes, from basic social services to science research.[16][17] The John S. Hendricks Family Foundation was established in 1997. The foundation is used for specialized charitable purposes by the Hendricks family, and had no income, assets or disbursements in calendar years 2003, 2004 or 2005 (according to the foundation's Form 900 tax statements).[18] Honors[edit]

6066 Hendricks asteroid named after him.[19]

References[edit]

^ A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story, by John Hendricks, Chapter 1 ^ a b c "John Hendricks: An Oral History," The Cable Center, September 2, 2003. ^ "About CuriosityStream". CuriosityStream. Retrieved 1 September 2015.  ^ Southwick, "Cable Television: The First 50 Years," Cable World, September 1998. ^ Forrester, "Discovery Communications: Growing, growing, growing," TBS Journal, No. 11, Fall 2003; Eisenberg, "TV's Unlikely Empire," Time, February 23, 2003. ^ Longman, "Women's Soccer League Folds on World Cup's Eve" The New York Times, September 16, 2003. ^ "WUSA to Relaunch in 2008 With Eight Teams." Associated Press. April 18, 2007. ^ http://corporate.discovery.com/leadership/john-hendricks/ ^ " Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
founder launches video streaming service". Tech 2. Retrieved 14 October 2015.  ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2014-02-08.  ^ [1] ^ http://www.landon.net/uploaded/iac/wrestling/reviews/ireton.htm ^ "About Driven Experiences". Driven Experiences. Retrieved 28 February 2015.  ^ "Lowell Gets OK to Add $30 Million Telescope," Associated Press, October 18, 2004. ^ "Hendricks Family Boosts Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
Telescope With Additional $5 Million Contribution," Press release, Lowell Observatory, March 19, 2007. ^ HendricksFoundation.org Archived 2014-01-04 at the Wayback Machine. ^ John and Maureen Hendricks Charitable Foundation on Guidestar.org, accessed July 18, 2007. ^ John S. Hendricks Family Foundation on Guidestar.org, accessed July 18, 2007. ^ http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/db_search/show_object?object_id=6066

Dawtrey, Adam. "BBC, Discovery in Fact Pact." Variety. March 23, 1998. Eisenberg, Daniel. "TV's Unlikely Empire." Time. February 23, 2003. Fimea, Mike. "Lowell Seeking New Telescope." Arizona Business Gazette. January 1, 2004. French, Scott. " John Hendricks Q&A: 'We're able to invest with confidence'." Sports Illustrated. January 21, 2001. Grove, Christopher. "Hendricks Leads Global Discovery Mission." Variety. November, 2000. "Hendricks Family Boosts Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
Telescope With Additional $5 Million Contribution." Press release, Lowell Observatory. March 19, 2007. Accessed July 18, 2007. Higgins, John M. "Back to Nature." Broadcasting & Cable. January 16, 2006. Hobgood, Cynthia. "A Dreamer's Discovery." Washington Business Journal. June 14, 2002. "John Hendricks: An Oral History." The Cable Center. September 2, 2003. Accessed July 18, 2007. Kaplan, Peter. "John Hendricks: Cable Pioneer Discovers Value of Putting Substance over Style." Washington Times. December 23, 1996. "Lowell Gets OK to Add $30 Million Telescope." Associated Press. October 18, 2004. Michaelis, Vicki. "WUSA Ceases Operations After Three Years." USA Today. September 16, 2003. Southwick, Thomas P. "Cable Television: The First 50 Years." Cable World. September 1998. "WUSA to Relaunch in 2008 With Eight Teams." Associated Press. April 18, 2007.

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Discovery Inc.; affiliated with Advance Publications; and John S. Hendricks, the Company's Founder and Chairman

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Discovery Familia
(U.S. Spanish) HGTV DIY Network Food Network
Food Network
(70%) Cooking Channel Travel Channel Great American Country

Discovery Family Discovery Life Investigation Discovery

Canada (licensed)

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
Network

Canada (licensed)

Science TLC Velocity Discovery Digital Networks

CTV Specialty TV (Canada)

Animal Planet Discovery Discovery Science Discovery Velocity

Asia Pacific

Animal Planet

Asia Australia and New Zealand India

Discovery

Asia Australia and New Zealand India

Discovery Jeet
Discovery Jeet
(India) Discovery Kids

India Australia

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Australia India New Zealand

DMAX DSport
DSport
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Food TV
(New Zealand) Living Channel
Living Channel
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Asia Australia and New Zealand India

Benelux

Animal Planet Discovery Discovery Showcase HD Discovery Science Discovery World Eurosport
Eurosport
1 Eurosport
Eurosport
2 Fine Living Food Network Investigation Discovery TLC Travel Channel

Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA)

Animal Planet

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Canal+ Discovery JV (Poland) Discovery

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Discovery Family
Discovery Family
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Discovery Historia
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DTX Eurosport
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Eurosport
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Brazil Latin America

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Nordic

6'eren
6'eren
(Denmark) Animal Planet Canal 9 (Denmark) Discovery

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Kanal 4
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Denmark Sweden

Kanal 9
Kanal 9
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Norway Sweden

TV5 (Finland) TVNorge
TVNorge
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Southern Europe

Animal Planet
Animal Planet
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Discovery Travel & Living (Italy) Discovery Science

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Eurosport
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Eurosport
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Investigation Discovery
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Discovery Family
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UK and Ireland

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Eurosport
1 Eurosport
Eurosport
2 Investigation Discovery Quest Quest Red TLC

Other international channels

Asian Food Channel Fine Living

Europe Italy

Food Network

Asia Australia Canada (19.84%)

Travel Channel TVN UKTV
UKTV
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Other

"I Love the World"

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3net Canal 8 Sport Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
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Discovery Real Time
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Discovery Real Time
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Discovery Turbo
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Eurosport
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Investigation Discovery
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International Emmy Founders Award

Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(1980) Shaun Sutton / Roone Arledge (1981) Michael Landon
Michael Landon
(1982) Herbert Brodkin (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1985) Donald L. Taffner (1986) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1987) Goar Mestre (1988) Paul Fox (1989) Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Cooney
(1990) Adrian Cowell (1991) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1992) Richard Dunn (1993) Film on Four (1994) Don Hewitt
Don Hewitt
(1995) Reg Grundy
Reg Grundy
(1996) Jac Venza
Jac Venza
(1997) Robert Halmi Sr. (1998) Hisashi Hieda
Hisashi Hieda
(1999) John Hendricks (2000) Pierre Lescure
Pierre Lescure
(2001) Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2002) HBO
HBO
(2003) MTV International
MTV International
(2004) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
(2005) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2006) Al Gore
Al Gore
(2007) Dick Wolf
Dick Wolf
(2008) David Frost
David Frost
(2009) Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
(2010) Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe
(2011) Ryan Murphy / Norman Lear
Norman Lear
/ Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(2012) J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
(2013) Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner
(2014) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2015) Shonda R

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