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- Responsible for generating over $130 million in distribution revenue for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
- Responsible for overseeing creation of Turner’s Digital Strategy, which was presented by CEO to Time Warner Board of Directors.
- Became Turner’s first General Manager for Interactive/Enhanced TV, from 2000 – 2005. Launched, managed and operated Turner’s VOD business across all its news, entertainment, and animation properties. Turner currently offers over 70 hours of VOD programming/month domestically.
- Two-time Emmy Nominee (Primetime and Technology) for 2006 CNN Enhanced application deployed on Echostar.
- Winner ITV Today Leadership Award, 2005 (ITVT is publication of record for ITV industry).
- Responsible for Turner striking a cross-company deal with Motricity to enable unlimited SMS messaging and premium mobile storefronts for all of Turner’s news, sports, animation and entertainment properties. Currently TBSI has eleven properties leveraging the Motricity platform.
- Responsible for Turner’s mobile distribution deals with SK Telecom and NTT DoCoMo and 3G trials with Qualcomm/MediaFLO.
- As SVP Business Development, was responsible for negotiating and managing Turner’s first broadband video licensing deals, which created a new currency for CNN.com and NASCAR.com to reinvest in its broadband businesses from 2002 through 2005.
- Responsible for presenting network business case and strategy to Turner Executive Committee that resulted in successful creation of and launch of Peachtree TV in 2007.
- Served on the Board of Directors of Tooniverse, a Korean animation channel, from 1999 – 2000 and served on the Management Committee for Cartoon Network Japan from 1997 – 2000.
- Played a major role in the successful launch of Cartoon Network Japan in 1997 – managed business planning and coordinated implementation of first 24-hour animation channel in Japan. CNJ was Turner’s first country specific channel in Asia Pacific and first joint venture network, with more than $25 million in committed capital. Results led to Turner becoming majority shareholder in CNJ.
Current and Prior Affiliations:
- Board of Governors, National Academy of Media Arts & Sciences (prior).
- Member, Producer’s Guild of America, New Media Council (current).
- Member, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Advanced Media Committee (prior).
- Member, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Interactive TV Peer Group (current).
Kevin Cohen / Biography
Kevin Cohen is co-founder and President/CEO of DoubleMan Group, LLC (pka DoubleMan Media, LLC), based in Atlanta, GA. DoubleMan Group is an international advisory and services firm focused on generating growth for technology, energy and media companies. Through DoubleMan, Cohen has consulted for a wide-range of companies, including CBS Studios International, Crio Brü, Hydro Phi, and Ecologix Systems. Cohen also recently completed an engagement as EVP Business Development for Mozido Investments, LLC, owner of a financial services mobile transaction platform that brings the cash and debit-card economy to the banked and unbanked populations of the world. Prior to Mozido, Cohen provided Acting CEO services to MyClick Media, Ltd., a China-based technology enabler that provides one click mobile phone access to the Internet through image recognition. Cohen oversaw MyClick’s negotiations and completion of MOU for white label services with China Mobile, the world’s largest telco, and led MyClick’s strategy and fund-raising initiatives.
Previously, Cohen served as SVP of strategic planning for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), where he was responsible for Turner’s network strategy, corporate strategy and corporate development, focusing on organic and acquisition growth opportunities that benefited Turner’s news, entertainment, sports and animation networks such as CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies. Cohen was responsible for generating over $130 million in revenue for TBS, Inc.
Cohen also served as Turner’s SVP business development and GM of Interactive and Enhanced Television, where he was responsible for developing and managing the company’s interactive and enhanced television products and leading external vendor and distribution relationships. Turner’s CNN Enhanced interactive TV service was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards in 2006 under Cohen’s leadership. Cohen also created and managed Turner’s VOD business, successfully launching CNN, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim and TCM video on demand services. In addition, Cohen was responsible for Turner’s broadband and mobile video distribution, managing Turner’s relationships with Real Networks, AOL, RoadRunner, Synacor, AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, and MobiTV for CNN, Cartoon Network, and NASCAR.com’s video subscription services.
Previously, he served as VP, business development, new media for Turner International Asia Pacific Ltd., where he managed Turner’s broadband and mobile business development in Asia, including regional/local language versions of CNN Interactive and the launch of CNN Mobile on DoCoMo’s i-mode platform. Cohen also oversaw Turner’s network distribution business in North Asia, the highest revenue-producing region for Turner in the Asia Pacific.
In addition to interactive responsibilities, Cohen worked on business development functions that included Turner’s on-air properties. He helped engineer Turner’s equity investment in the Korean animation channel Tooniverse and served on the Tooniverse board of directors. He also played a key role in developing and launching Cartoon Network Japan in 1997 and served on the network’s management committee.
The business of entertainment played a large part in Cohen’s early career, as he rose to become Co-Story Editor of United Artists film studio. The studio produced the Best Picture Oscar-winning film Rain Man while Cohen was at UA.
Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and legal studies from Bowdoin College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master of Science degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.