Dan Harrison has been named Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS), it was announced today by Martin D. Franks, Executive Vice President, Planning, Policy and Government Affairs, CBS Corporation. He starts Jan. 4 and will report to Franks.
In this newly created role, Harrison will assist in the development of new business models across the full range of the Company’s operations. He will work with CBS’s senior management to help chart the strategic direction of the Corporation as it pertains to new technology and emerging distribution channels.
“Dan is a special talent who will jump right in and add a new perspective to many of the initiatives that are at the heart of CBS’s growth strategy,” said Franks. “As CBS and its many businesses continue to produce industry-leading content, new opportunities to mine that content arise every day. Dan’s experience and energy will go a long way to help make sure we’re realizing maximum value for CBS’s content—old and new—as we seek to navigate future challenges and opportunities.”
Harrison was most recently Senior Vice President of Emerging Networks for NBC Universal Cable, where he oversaw the NBC Universal Cable Group’s mystery-crime and suspense-horror cable channels, Sleuth and Chiller. He was also responsible for managing Universal HD, NBCU’s high-definition digital network, as well as operations for NBC 2Go, CNBC 2Go and MSNBC 2Go, and studio-based acquisitions for Bravo and Oxygen Media. Before that he served as Senior Vice President, Cross-Network Strategy & Emerging Networks for NBC Universal, which included planning and execution of Bravo’s long-range direction as well as scheduling. Earlier, Harrison worked as Vice President, Strategic Program Planning for Bravo. He also served as Senior Vice President, Programming & Strategic Planning at Fox Sports Group, handling development, production, scheduling and program research for all of the non-event, non-news programming on Fox Sports (primarily Fox Sports Net) as well as for the development and launch of the Fuel network. His past experiences include serving as Vice President of ZeniMax Media, where he oversaw the relationship with CBS that resulted in the on-line game for “Survivor: The Australian Outback;” Director and Vice President of Program Planning and Scheduling for NBC Entertainment, and Manager, Program Planning and Development for UPN.
Harrison earned his BA in economics at Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School.
About CBS Corporation:
CBS Corporation is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The Company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and The CW — a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), cable television (Showtime Networks and CBS College Sports Network), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), interactive media (CBS Interactive), music (CBS Records), licensing and merchandising (CBS Consumer Products), video/DVD (CBS Home Entertainment) and motion pictures (CBS Films). For more information, log on to www.cbscorporation.com.