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Dan Cooper was a key member of the original 5-man launch team of the Fox News Channel.  For decades, Dan has been a dynamic and results-driven media executive with extensive experience in editorial, creative, production and operational aspects of the business.  Dan possesses fresh and innovative strategic approaches that have been consistently effective.  Dan originated the "team coverage" concept in news broadcasting, and played an instrumental role in the early success of ABC's "20/20".  Dan is accustomed to managing multiple projects simultaneously, often within stringent time and budgetary constraints.  He is an enthusiastic learner who rapidly assimilates and incorporates new technologies and trends.  Dan has a reputation for diligence, follow-through and dedication to quality outcomes.


Managing Editor, Fox News

  • As founding member of Fox News Channel's launch team, co-created initial program schedule, budget and business plan; hired and supervised over 90 production staff members.
  • Collaborated with architects on design of NY production center, including newsroom, production facilities, street level studios and displays; also designed Washington, DC bureau and facility; supervised all non-engineering aspects of facility construction, which was completed in 18 weeks.
  • Held ultimate responsibility for "look" of all shows, as supervisor of directors.
  • Provided creative direction of all sets and lighting design.
  • Numerous other contributions.

Founding Broadcast Producer, ABC NEWS "20/20"

  • For ABC News' "20/20", oversaw weekly program production, served as control room producer, co-created production design and produced program segments.
  • Produced interstitial programming; played integral role in changing show's opening to innovate prime time style, including quick cuts, contemporary theme music and voice-over teases.

Production Consultant, MTV and more

  • For two 2005 start-up channels, Dan provided launch guidance and executive recommendations.
  • For MTV (production) and Viacom Entertainment Group (distribution), drew up full operations plan and created $65 million startup budget for "Real Time," an "Entertainment Tonight"-style program.

Assistant News Director, New York's Eyewitness News

  • Was hired by WABC-TV Eyewitness News to bring "white-collar" viewership and credibility to program that was already #1 in market.
  • Managed all daily news operations during period of highest ratings ever achieved in NY history.
  • Created action plan that included origination of "team coverage" concept for single news event.
  • Spearheaded improvement of technology that enhanced reporters ability to effectively deliver news; wrote related manuals and held classes.

Broadcast News Consultant

  • For his Dan Cooper Media Strategies, develops unique services, including cable launches, anchor team training and newscast positioning strategy services (the techniques that rocketed Fox News Channel to dominance).
  • Provides entertainment industry leadership analysis and consultation.

Executive Producer

  • At King World Productions, Inc., supervised all production - including editorial, operational and  financial responsibility - for daily, half-hour syndicated prime access TV newsmagazine, "Instant Recall."  Program - hosted by John Palmer - revisited greatest stories of television news era.  Managed full-scale, production-intensive launch, from concept to air; hired and supervised 100-person staff.  Held full accountability for $25 million annual production budget.  Series achieved first season national rating of 3.7.

Talent Manager

  • For his Dan Cooper & Associates, applies unique skill set to focus on star-making and career trajectory.

Feature Film Producer and Broker

  • For his production entity, Mediola, arranging distribution of completed independent features and books, and packaging independent commercial theatrical releases.

Executive Producer/Director

  • At Trans World International/IMG & WNBC-TV, oversaw every facet of production - including editorial, operational and design - for weekly half-hour TV newsmagazine, "4 Stories."
  • Program was test-launched on WNBC-TV for full season to determine suitability for rollout to other NBC-owned stations.

President/Executive Producer

  • At self-owned production companies, functioned as executive producer, director, writer, developer and consultant on wide array of broadcast and non-broadcast projects, some free-lance and others packaged by Dan Cooper Productions from 1981 to 1989 and by Bridgewater Entertainment from 2001 to 2003.
  • Dan Cooper Productions projects included series production, talk shows and comedy development, as well as NYPD-commissioned instructional film series on constitutional law as it relates to police activity. Clients included ABC News, Viacom, CBS, NBC, HBO, Lifetime, Group W, Showtime, Dow Jones, Columbia Pictures Television and AT&T, among others.
  • Bridgewater Entertainment projects included "Judge Kevin Ross," "The Laura Wasser Show," "Broadway," "Twisted," "The Mashup Video Challenge," and "Tokyo Rose."

Managing Editor/Operations Producer

  • For Fox broadcast network, provided editorial supervision of story development and field production for start up of "Full Disclosure" prime time news magazine. 
  • Oversaw $17 million of total startup costs; supervised administrative/financial performance of 75-person production unit.

Co-Founder/Art Director/Business Manager

  • At FashionFinds.com, functioned in numerous capacities for Internet magazine of fashion, style and culture, including site builder, photographer, writer and copy editor, and director of business development.



B.S., Journalism, New York University, New York, NY