A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story

A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story

by John S. Hendricks


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In A Curious Discovery, media titan John Hendricks tells the remarkable story of building one of the most successful media empires in the world, Discovery Communications.

John Hendricks, a well-respected corporate leader and brand builder, reveals that his professional achievements would not have been possible without one crucial quality that has informed his life since childhood: curiosity. 

This entrepreneur’s story takes you behind the scenes of some of the network’s most popular shows and greatest successes, and imparts crucial lessons from the network’s setbacks.

With insights, anecdotes, photographs, and real-world wisdom, A Curious Discovery is more than a powerful autobiography and corporate history: It also a valuable primer for business innovators and entrepreneurs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062128553
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 371
Sales rank: 1,205,188
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

John S. Hendricks is the founder of Discovery Communications, the world's number one nonfiction media company, and serves as chairman of the Board of Directors. 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 more than 215 countries with 150 networks, among them TLC, Animal Planet, and Science. He lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Irresistible Notion 1

Part 1 Incubation

Chapter 1 Four O'Clocks 11

Chapter 2 Wired to the World 17

Chapter 3 Rocket City, USA 22

Chapter 4 Television Lifeline 29

Chapter 5 Visualizing Victory 42

Chapter 6 Silent Partner 47

Chapter 7 A Cave of Curiosities 51

Chapter 8 Freedom to Create 56

Chapter 9 Curiosity U 61

Part 2 discovery

Chapter 10 From the Sidelines 81

Chapter 11 Connections 111

Chapter 12 The Most Trusted Man in America 115

Chapter 13 Not All Angels Are in Heaven 121

Chapter 14 Bon Voyage 135

Chapter 15 A Near-Death Experience 146

Chapter 16 The Napkin 156

Chapter 17 Restart 164

Chapter 18 Russia: Live from the Inside 169

Chapter 19 Captain Outrageous 178

Chapter 20 A Board Divided 185

Chapter 21 Digital Dreams 196

Chapter 22 Programming for the Planet 217

Chapter 23 Brand Guard 260

Chapter 24 Enduring Company 263

Part 3 Reflections and Rediscoveries

Chapter 25 Oprah's OWN 275

Chapter 26 Velocity 282

Chapter 27 Facing Reality 292

Chapter 28 In the Cabinet Room 300

Part 4 New Daydreams

Chapter 29 Planet School 315

Chapter 30 Gateway to Curiosity 328

Appendix 1 The Entrepreneur Inside 335

Appendix 2 Business Creation 340

Acknowledgments 349

Index 355

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