TV and Digital Creative Ace Doug Cohn Joins to Lead Music & Entertainment Effort
Preeminent Sports Executive Bruce Gilbert Adds Broader Development Responsibilities
ATLANTA, GA, September 20, 2021 – Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) has named two executives, Doug Cohn and Bruce Gilbert, to newly created positions across Music & Entertainment and Sports, respectively, to lead new content development across the company’s platforms, including broadcasting, podcasting, streaming, social media, digital, and live events. Both Cohn and Gilbert will report to Brian Philips, Executive Vice President of Content and Audience.
Emmy Award-winning music and content executive and Variety “Top 20 Influencer” Doug Cohn has been named Senior Vice President, Music & Entertainment, Content and Audience. Previously at ViacomCBS, Cohn served as Senior Vice President, Music & Talent for Nickelodeon. During his tenure, his strategic vision resulted in profitable growth through music streaming and sales, touring, and radio. Cohn started and led Nickelodeon’s music division, produced live events, and secured top talent for the network’s most prominent global initiatives including, Kids’ Choice Awards, SlimeFest, and H.A.L.O. Awards. He also developed highly rated programming and forged profitable partnerships between Nickelodeon and some of the world’s best-known entertainment companies such as Sony Music, AEG, and Live Nation. In addition, Cohn was instrumental in building and developing the meteoric rise of superstar JoJo Siwa for
Nickelodeon, and served on the senior creative team that developed the Tony Award- winning SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical. Doug previously spent more than a decade at entertainment powerhouses including Atlantic Records and VH1.
Bruce Gilbert, a seven-year Cumulus veteran, is elevated to Senior Vice President Sports, Content and Audience, formalizing his role following consistent accomplishments leveraging the company’s massive sports portfolio to build compelling new franchises and successful partnerships. Gilbert has nearly four decades of industry experience with leading sports media companies including ESPN, FOX Sports, and CBS, where he developed deep industry and talent relationships, deal-making acumen, and award-winning programming and production expertise. He continues to direct all sports programming for Cumulus radio stations and Westwood One Sports, which also entails overseeing key partnerships with iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, and the PGA Championship/Ryder Cup.
“Today’s audio ecosystem provides us with infinite opportunities to break talent out of their traditional lanes and our consumers with the ability to access our products whenever they wish, on an ever-widening array of platforms. Cumulus is bursting at the seams with creative chops and the ambition to thrive in this exciting environment,” said Philips. “Doug has shown a Midas touch in understanding what the next generation will want, and Bruce has forged groundbreaking partnerships for years and will now have more runway to innovate – these two leaders possess the vision to produce a surge of remarkable new Cumulus content.”
About Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is a leading media, advertising, and marketing services company delivering premium content to over a quarter billion people every month — wherever and whenever they want it. Cumulus Media engages listeners with high-quality local programming through 413 owned-and-operated radio stations across 86 markets; delivers nationally-syndicated sports, news, talk, and entertainment programming from iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and many other world-class partners across nearly 7,300 affiliated stations through Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through the CUMULUS Podcast Network, its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are smart, entertaining and thought-provoking. Cumulus Media provides advertisers with personal connections, local impact and national reach through broadcast and on-demand digital, mobile, social, and voice- activated platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live event experiences. Cumulus Media is the only audio media company to provide marketers with local and national advertising performance guarantees. For more information visit www.cumulusmedia.com.
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