Dan Cohen is President of the ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, where he leads the company’s global content licensing and distribution operations. He is responsible for monetizing a large and growing portfolio of original content that airs on the CBS Television Network, The CW, Paramount+ and SHOWTIME, as well as programming from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, CBS Studios, CBS News, CBS Media Ventures, the MTV Entertainment Group, Nickelodeon, and Miramax. He also runs worldwide home entertainment for the company and oversees the distribution of the industry’s largest library of film and television titles.
Cohen assumed leadership of the division following his role as President, Global Content Licensing for ViacomCBS, where he oversaw all content licensing for ViacomCBS-owned programming to internal partners and third-party platforms across the global marketplace.
Previously, Cohen served as President of Worldwide Home Entertainment & Television Distribution for Paramount Pictures. He joined Paramount in 2017 as President of Worldwide Television Licensing.
Prior to joining Paramount, Cohen spent 20 years at Disney/ABC, where he served as Executive Vice President of Pay Television and Digital Sales for Home Entertainment and Television Distribution for the Walt Disney Studios. In this role, he distributed catalog and properties including such as Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ABC, and Disney Channel to businesses around the globe. Cohen was also responsible for securing two of the most significant pay television deals in history – Netflix in 2012 and Starz in 1999 – negotiating exclusive, multi-year deals, and licensing agreements.
Before Disney/ABC, Cohen served as Vice President of Program Acquisitions and Scheduling for Tele-TV Media, Vice President of Film Acquisitions and Co-productions for Showtime Networks, and held roles at Viewer’s Choice, Palmer Cablevision and Post-Newsweek Cable.
Cohen holds a B.A. in economics from Portland’s Lewis & Clark and a master’s in radio and television from San Francisco State University; he is on the board of trustees at Emerson College and on the board of directors of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). He was the recipient of the 2017 Executive of the Year Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. Cohen resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa Black.