President, Global Distribution & CEO, Discovery Education
As president of global distribution for Discovery Communications, Bill Goodwyn drives carriage efforts for Discovery's 100-plus worldwide networks and spearheads the company's leadership position on next generation platforms including HD, 3D and digital opportunities. In this role, he oversees content distribution and carriage negotiations for Discovery's 13 U.S. networks, manages Discovery's U.S. digital media content distribution efforts in broadband, mobile and video on demand and oversees Discovery's international carriage expansion in more than 180 countries and territories.
In addition to Goodwyn's leadership at the helm of Discovery's worldwide distribution division, he has overseen the impressive relaunch of Discovery Education, the nation's leading provider of scientifically proven, standards-based digital media services. As CEO of the division, Goodwyn supervises the award-winning team responsible for driving the business in the K-12 marketplace, where its flagship service Discovery Education streaming now reaches more than half of all U.S. schools, and over one million educators and 35 million students.
Goodwyn joined Discovery in 1987 and has overseen record-breaking distribution growth for each of the company's domestic cable channels. Goodwyn's team was ranked #1 by Beta Research for seven consecutive years as the top sales organization within the cable television industry.
Among his many honors, Goodwyn has been awarded the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's Vanguard Award, the highest honor for Young Leadership, and was inducted into the Cable Center's Cable TV Pioneer Hall of Fame and CableFAX Daily's Sales Hall of Fame. His industry and civic commitments have included board positions with the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), CTAM's Educational Foundation, the T. Howard Foundation (diversity in media), the Alexander Youth Network and the UNC-Chapel Hill Journalism and Communications School Board of Advisors.
Goodwyn holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.