Andrew Cochran provides innovation support for audience-based companies. His background is in broadcast & digital production and he is a member of the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University.
As head of news strategy for CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, he designed and facilitated the transformation to ‘mobile first’ for local services and led the cross-functional development teams for CBC’s first and third digital stations. Immediately before, he was CBC’s senior managing director for Atlantic Canada, responsible for journalism and operations at ten stations, implementing radio/TV/digital integration, operational restructuring, and a series of station relocations.
As founder of Cochran Entertainment, he grew a regional start-up into an international supplier of television and digital content for networks in several countries. He created and produced science/technology documentaries for CBC, PBS, Discovery, and ZDF, created the international children’s character, Theodore Tugboat, produced TV movies, and was an early originator of digital media for CBC, CTV, PBS, and others.
As a consultant, he has assisted with innovation, communication, and digital transformation for public, not-for-profit, and private sector clients.
He has an interdisciplinary master’s degree in electronic commerce (computer science, law, business) and has taught courses as a sessional lecturer in law (Entertainment Law, Information Technology Transactions), journalism (Business Fundamentals for Journalists, Emerging Business Models), and business (Export Marketing). His awards include EY Entrepreneur of the Year (communications), an honorary DCL (King’s), and several craft trophies for his work in media.