Sean Cohan

President, International and Digital Media, A+E Networks

Sean Cohan is President, International and Digital Media, A+E Networks.  Formerly Executive Vice President of International, Cohan was appointed to this new role in January 2016.

As head of A+E Networks’ International Division, Cohan oversees the company’s brands, content, and services outside the U.S.  He manages staff in New York, Los Angeles, London, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo and teams across 18 more cities.  The Division’s activities include branded channels, content sales, production and digital media distribution.  A+E Networks operates 77 branded channel feeds abroad and distributes a 16,000-hour library across more than 200 territories, in 42 languages on a range of platforms. 

Under Cohan’s direction, A+E Networks International has completed its global channels footprint in all markets where local law allows; launched 58 channels across all brands in the A+E portfolio including the global rollouts of Lifetime, A&E, Crime+Investigation; established new businesses in India, Southeast Asia, France, German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central Europe, Turkey, and Russia; and achieved a #1, 2, or 3 ranking in factual pay-tv in virtually every market.  Most recently, Cohan oversaw the launch of two channels and a wholly-owned business in Korea and an investment in iHQ.  Cohan also oversaw the rollout of a new brand and the company’s first free-to-air (FTA) in the UK, BLAZE. 

Cohan has also built a top factual content sales and formats organization; driven significant co-productions and acclaimed local versions of A+E shows; launched the largest global made-for-television movie distribution unit and a successful drama distribution effort, with critically and popularly acclaimed events such as Roots, Unreal, Six, and Knightfall

As head of Digital Media for A+E Networks, Cohan oversees all strategic, operational, editorial, social and digital distribution functions both in the United States and around the world. This includes all digital elements of A+E Networks brands, from video content, to apps, to websites to social media. His team is responsible for A+E Networks’ popular websites History.com; biography.com; aetv.com; and mylifetime.com; TV Everywhere apps for Lifetime, A&E, History and FYI; History Vault™ and Lifetime Movie Club™, A+E’s direct-to-consumer offerings; and licensing partnerships with Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) and Download to Own (DTO) partners.         

In 2016, A+E Networks announced the launch of 45th & Dean, a multi-platform video and audio storytelling hub run which reports into Cohan.  It is focused on creating original digital-first video content for a range of audiences; its production supports brands, shows, and advertising and distribution partners.  Most recently, its original content series, Bae or Bail and Second Chance have been leaders on the Facebook Watch and Snapchat Discover platforms, respectively.

Cohan was formerly Executive Vice President, International; Senior Vice President, International; Vice President, International Business Development & Digital Media; and Director, International Business Development for A+E Networks. Previously, he held positions at Primedia, Morgan Stanley, NBC and A.T. Kearney.

Cohan has ranked in the Top Ten of CableFax’s Most Influential Minorities in Cable, Multichannel News’ 40 Under 40, Digital TV Europe’s Euro 50, and TelevisionWeek’s Hot List. He was honored with Broadcasting and Cable’s 2016 Diversity Leadership Award, and has been named a NAMIC Next Generation Leader and LuminaryCohan is a member of Boards of BANFF (Media Festival), The Opportunity Network, and The Parrish Art Museum.  A graduate of Harvard University, he also holds an MBA from Stanford University.

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