Tribune Media Company today named Josh Cogswell as Chief Product Officer, responsible for developing and driving digital strategy, execution, and product development across the company. Cogswell will begin his new duties immediately and report directly to Peter Liguori, Tribune Media's President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Josh is an extremely innovative, creative thinker, who is focused on anticipating and satisfying the wants and needs of the end-user," said Liguori. "Throughout his career, Josh has been on the leading edge of digital product design, the development of mobile applications, content management and distribution, and the use of social media to drive brand identity and audience engagement. He will ensure that we are maximizing the use of our broad array of content and help us design new ways of managing it and delivering it to consumers whenever and wherever they choose."
Cogswell will work across the company's broadcasting, data and studio divisions to deliver groundbreaking products and services tailored toward a new generation of fans. Driving audience development and engagement, he will shepherd user experience, design, engineering and technical operations.
Cogswell joins Tribune Media from Viacom Inc. where he spent 15 years in positions of increasing responsibility delivering media and technology innovation across the company's film and television brands. Recently as Senior Vice President of Product Management, he led the strategy and development of Viacom's multiplatform solutions including video, social media, mobile, advertising, search, measurement, content management and distribution. He built and led the company's consumer-first tech R&D team and managed digital engineering operations where he was responsible for driving key business partnerships and programs benefitting subsidiaries including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures.
"Tribune Media is known for its authenticity and unmatched scale in local broadcasting," said Cogswell. "Now with industry-best data products and a burgeoning entertainment studio, we have an incredible opportunity to reimagine our relationship with consumers and design fresh products and services they'll love. I couldn't be more excited to join Tribune's passionate team of storytellers and technologists."
Cogswell's career started in film production in Los Angeles. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Music and Business, and received his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.
Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting's 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching more than 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, available in approximately 73 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world's leading sources of TV and music metadata powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. Tribune Media also includes Chicago's WGN-AM, the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds other strategic investments in media.