Dana Zimmer serves as President of Distribution for Tribune Broadcasting, a multi-platform content and distribution powerhouse. She oversees distribution of the company’s broadcast and television content portfolio to the cable, satellite and telco industries. Zimmer is responsible for a distribution network including 42 local television stations and superstation WGN America and reaching more than 80 percent of the country. She leads strategy, execution and day-to-day management of Tribune Media Company’s relationships with all of its distribution partners.
Zimmer was formerly the executive vice president of TV Networks Distribution for NBCUniversal. She led the national sales team in the distribution of NBCUniversal’s broadcast and television content to the cable, satellite and telco industries. Zimmer oversaw key distribution deals for NBCU’s multi-billion dollar content portfolio of broadcast owned and operated stations and cable networks, including Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, Golf Channel, NBC SportsNet, NECN, MSNBC, Oxygen, Style, Syfy, and USA, as well as the Olympics, Chiller, CLOO, Universal HD. Additionally, Zimmer managed distribution efforts of Comcast Sports Networks’ in the California Bay Area, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northwest, Philadelphia, Southeast, Southwest, SportsNet New York and The Comcast Network.
Zimmer served as EVP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Comcast Networks from 2005 through Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal in January, 2011. She oversaw affiliate sales, marketing, business development and national account distribution efforts for the Comcast Networks.
Prior to joining Comcast, Zimmer played an integral role on the launch teams that spearheaded successful distribution efforts of YES Network and SportsNet New York – the very first team-owned Regional Sports Networks lead by the Yankees and Mets respectively in the biggest sports market in the nation.
Widely recognized in the cable industry as a top executive, Zimmer has been named to the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Cable by CableFax for the past four years. In 2012, Women in Cable & Technology awarded her their top honor as a “Wonder Woman” and Cable Fax inducted her into the Cable Sales Hall of Fame. Zimmer was selected in 2010 for both Multichannel’s “40 under 40” award and Sports Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list. She serves on the Women in Cable & Technology National Board of Directors.
Zimmer holds a Masters degree in Public Communication from American University and a BS degree in Communication and Management from Syracuse University.