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John Goldwyn is heading to Discovery Channel. The film and TV producer has been tapped for a new role at the network to help expand their scripted output.
“John is a true visionary and over his nearly 30-year career has demonstrated a proven ability to connect with a diverse range of audiences spanning both film and television,” said newly minted Discovery president Rich Ross, with whom Goldwyn will work closely. “He is the perfect creative voice to join a network with such a global reach and important mission.”
Goldwyn’s most recent credit was as executive producer for Fox’s Gracepoint and Showtime’s Dexter. Grandson of Hollywood icon Samuel Goldwyn, he got his start in motion pictures (the Police Academy franchise) and in recent years teamed up with Lorne Michaels to form Michaels/Goldwyn Productions at Paramount. That collaboration has led to several features starring Saturday Night Live alums, including Hot Rod, Baby Mama and MacGruber.
Discovery has been cautious in its foray into scripted entrainment. 2014 saw the network release miniseries Klondike to solid ratings. Discovery most recently ordered a scripted effort from Robert Redford‘s Sundance Productions. The factual period drama will chronicle famous names from the American West.
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