Discovery Channel has engaged John Goldwyn as an executive producer for scripted programming. Goldwyn most recently served as executive producer for the series Gracepoint for Shine America and Fox, and is known for his work in producing Showtime’s Dexter. Goldwyn will work closely with Rich Ross, who took over this month as president of Discovery Channel.
In its announcement Discovery noted Goldwyn is grandson of legendary Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn. He began his motion picture career at The Ladd Company in 1981. During his tenure there, Goldwyn developed the hugely successful Police Academy franchise, the second installment of which he executive-produced in 1985. In the fall of 1985, Goldwyn joined Alan Ladd Jr. at MGM/United Artists and oversaw such hits as Running Scared (1986), Moonstruck (1987) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988). In 1988, Goldwyn became executive vice president of worldwide production and was responsible for all aspects of production and development for the studio. In 1990, Goldwyn left MGM/United Artists to join Paramount Pictures and was promoted to president of the Paramount Motion Picture Group one year later. In 2002, chairwoman Sherry Lansing elevated Goldwyn to vice chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group.
In 2004, Goldwyn became an independent producer at the studio. In 2005, Goldwyn teamed with Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels to form Michaels/Goldwyn Productions at Paramount. Their first collaboration, Hot Rod, starring Andy Samberg and directed by Akiva Schaffer, was released by Paramount Pictures in August 2007. In 2008, they produced the comedy Baby Mama, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, for Universal Pictures. MacGruber, starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, and Val Kilmer was produced for Relativity Media/Universal in 2010, and The Guilt Trip, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, was produced for Paramount in 2012.
Goldwyn is currently in post production on the comedy feature Masterminds, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis. Masterminds will be released by Relativity Media Studios in August.
“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 across film and television,” Ross said. “He is the perfect creative voice to join a network with such a global reach and important mission.”