President, International and Digital Media
Sean Cohan is President, International and Digital Media, A+E Networks®. Cohan oversees a global portfolio comprised of A+E Networks®’ rapid growth and transformation units and is a member of the A+E Networks® executive and senior leadership team.
Cohan has been named a Digital All Star by Broadcasting & Cable, ranked within the top 10 Most Influential Minorities in Cable by Cablefaxand was called one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. He has also been recognized as a Cablefax 100, Digital TV Europe’s Euro 50 and both a NAMIC Next Generation Leader and Luminary. Cohan was honored with Broadcasting & Cable’s 2016 Diversity Leadership Award.
As head of A+E Networks® International, Cohan oversees the company’s brands, services and content outside the U.S. He manages staff and teams across 20+ cities. The division’s activities include branded channels, content sales, production and digital media distribution. A+E Networks® operates 77 different branded channels 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® has completed its global footprint; launched 58 international channels, including the global rollouts of Lifetime®, A&E® and Crime+Investigation™; established new businesses in India, Southeast Asia, France, German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Russia; and achieved a number 1, 2 or 3 ranking in relevant categories in virtually every market. Cohan recently oversaw the launch of a new business and HISTORY® and Lifetime® to 20 million households in Korea. Cohan also oversaw the rollout of a company’s first free-to-air channel, BLAZE, in the UK to over 25 million households.
Cohan has also built a top factual content sales organization, driven significant co-productions and acclaimed local versions of A+E Networks®shows. He also launched the largest global made-for-television movie distribution unit and a successful boutique drama distribution effort with critically and popularly acclaimed events such as ROOTSTM, UnREAL®, SIXTM and Knightfall®.
As head of Digital Media, Cohan oversees all strategic, operational, editorial, social and digital distribution both in the United States and around the world. The division’s scope includes content production, apps, websites, social media and licensing. His team is responsible for managing popular websites HISTORY.com and BIOGRAPHY.com, which reach over 30 million visitors monthly; robust TV apps for Lifetime®, A&E®and HISTORY®; successful HISTORY Vault™ and Lifetime Movie Club™ direct-to-consumer offerings; strategic partnerships with A+E Networks®’ SVOD, AVOD and DTO partners; and digital extensions like the Webby-nominated This Day in History® on Amazon Alexa.
In 2016, A+E Networks® announced the launch of 45th & DeanTM, a multi-platform video storytelling hub that reports into Cohan. It is focused on creating original, digital-first video content supporting brands, shows and partners. It has produced two of the top three most viewed shows for Snapchat and FB Watch platforms, dramatic growth in YouTube impressions and significant social engagement gains.
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 is a member of various boards: Banff World Media Festival (director), The Opportunity Network (treasurer), The Parrish Art Museum (trustee) and 2btube (director). A graduate of Harvard University, he also holds an MBA from Stanford University. Cohan lives in downtown New York with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Makenna.