TEDxBoston 2009

John Hoffman

The Alzheimer's Project

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, The Alzheimer’s Project shows there is now genuine reason to be optimistic about the future. This HBO multi-platform series takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country’s leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on patients and on their families.



John Hoffman is vice president, HBO Documentary Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of various HBO documentaries. He was named to this position in June 2006.

An award-winning television producer, Hoffman has been associated with HBO since 1996, having spearheaded some of the network’s most noteworthy and critically acclaimed documentaries as an independent producer.

He is a graduate of Cornell University.

Hoffman’s HBO credits include: The Alzheimer’s Project (series producer, 2009); Addiction, an Emmy® Governors Award winner (producer, 2007); All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise (producer, 2006); Emmy® nominee Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq (executive producer, 2005); A Rape in a Small Town: The Florence Holway Story (executive producer, 2004); Academy Award® nominee My Architect (supervising producer, 2004); Emmy® and Dupont-Columbia Award-winner In Memoriam, New York City, 9/11/01 (producer, 2002), Academy Award® nominee Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (supervising producer, 2001); Sundance and Berlin Film Festival Award-winner Paragraph 175 (supervising producer, 2001); A Little Curious (producer, 1999-2000), Emmy®-winner Children in War (supervising producer, 2000); Emmy® nominee Cancer: Evolution to Revolution (supervising producer, 2000), Emmy®- and Academy Award®-winner One Day in September (supervising producer, 2000); The Eyes of Tammy Faye (supervising producer, 2000); Mary Tyler Moore in Three Cats from Miami (producer, 1998); and Smoke Alarm (producer, 1996).

Prior to HBO, Hoffman created and produced the award-winning Nickelodeon series Allegra’s Window from 1993-96, was a producer at Children’s Television Workshop in 1993, and from 1990-92 was the administrative director of the Center for Special Studies at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He also co-founded the non-profit production company AIDSFILMS, dedicated to HIV education. As the executive director of AIDSFILMS from 1987-90, he raised funds and produced six multi-award winning documentaries, including the PBS special AIDS: Changing the Rules. In 1985 he was coordinating producer for Pumping Iron II: The Women, and from 1982-83 was production manager for the NBC series Real People.

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