Canadian based Television Director

Sidney M. Cohen Oct.  2009

Sidney M. Cohen is one of television's most experienced producers and multi-camera studio directors with nearly 10,000 program episodes to his credit.

As a director, he specializes in studio productions requiring one to nine cameras. Cohen can develop and direct new shows or series and is also available  as a fill-in director.

As a producer and/or director, Sidney has worked across Canada, Los Angeles, New York, England, Israel, Poland, France and Spain . 


Sidney Cohen has directed news  for CFCF-TV Montreal (8 yrs.), CJOH-TV Ottawa (3 yrs.) and CFTO-TV Toronto (2 yrs.) in addition to many years with the CTV Network.  Sidney directed 4 seasons of CBC-TV's MIDDAY, 2 years directing  BusinessWorld and 2 seasons for CBC Newsworld.

Sidney directed live coverage of the 1992 summer Olympics  from Barcelona delivering CTV's daily afternoon coverage. Over the years he has met and worked with  "countless names in the news"  and has directed entertainment, royal visits, elections and political  conventions. In 1992 he was appointed executive producer of Canada AM and and later produced four more series for CTV.


In 1994, Sidney was appointed to the position of Executive Producer, New Program Development at CTV to create new programming for the network.  He also was a member of the network executive team  preparing specialty channel applications before the CRTC (Canada's FCC) and he helped establish new business opportunities for the organization.

Internet  TV Production

Cohen was President and Executive Producer of Virtual Broadcast Corporation, a pioneer internet TV system that produced and distributed original internet programming.


Cohen's mentors included American TV  pioneers Dan Enright, Jack Barry, Roger Muir, Don Reid and Bob Aaron.   Utilizing their training, Sidney has  produced or directed more than 20 gameshow series or pilots. 

He created The Mad Dash, the popular network daytime gameshow which has been licensed and produced abroad.  Cohen co-created and directed the primetime entertainment-reality series Thrill of A Lifetime which ran seven years on CTV to large audienceswas reprised in 2002 for international distribution.

He's also directed numerous talk and panel shows.

Sidney commuted weekly to Los Angeles to direct America's first live interactive show Say Powww  starring Jack Clark. Sidney produced Alex Trebek's early CBC series, Strategy, and  produced and directed TimeChase a new quiz  show  in association with History Television.

He has developed a number of children and youth shows including a Fred Penner & Raffi special, Game Nation (CTV) and Test Pattern (MuchMusic).


Sidney teaches non-broadcast corporate executives, television techniques with his TV 101 course, trains CBC News directors and is available to direct infomercials and corporate events.


Cohen's love of cruising led to the development of Porthole TV featuring ships and destinations produced on location. Based on Porthole magazine.

Sidney M. Cohen 2005