As President of the ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, Cohen is the top global distribution executive for the company. He is responsible for monetizing a large and growing portfolio of original content that airs on the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access and SHOWTIME, as well as programming from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, CBS Television Studios, CBS News, Miramax and the Viacom brands. He also oversees the monetization of the industry’s largest library of film and television titles and runs worldwide home entertainment for the company.
In addition, Cohen oversees domestic distribution and syndication sales for CBS Television Distribution, whose portfolio includes seven of the top 10 first-run shows, including industry-leading franchises such as ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, DR. PHIL, INSIDE EDITION, RACHAEL RAY, WHEEL OF FORTUNE, JEOPARDY! and JUDGE JUDY.
Cohen had served as President, Global Content Licensing for ViacomCBS since the merger in December 2019. He was responsible for all content licensing for ViacomCBS-owned programming to third-party platforms and led the licensing teams in setting strategy and guiding negotiations across the global marketplace and finding strategic distribution opportunities.
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 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, a master’s in radio and television from San Francisco State University and is on the board of trustees at Emerson College. 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.