Dana Zimmer was appointed President, Distribution in October 2021. Ms. Zimmer joined Nexstar in September 2019 as Executive Vice President, Chief Distribution and Strategy Officer in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Tribune Media Company. She oversees all distribution for the Company’s broadcast and television content portfolio to the cable, satellite, telco and digital media industries and network content deals with partners, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and CW.
Prior to joining Nexstar, Ms. Zimmer was President of Distribution and Marketing for Tribune Media Company from 2013 to 2019 where she served a similar role. She was a former Executive Vice President of TV Networks Distribution for NBCUniversal from 2011 to 2013. Ms. Zimmer also served as Executive Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Comcast Networks from 2005 through January 2011. Prior to joining Comcast, Ms. Zimmer played an integral role on the launch teams that spearheaded successful distribution efforts of YES Network and SportsNet New York. Ms. Zimmer also worked in affiliate sales for Fox Cable Networks and Discovery Communications.
Widely recognized in the cable industry as a top executive, Zimmer was named to the 2016 Cablefax 100 list and Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Cable by Cablefax each year since 2010. In 2014, she was awarded Broadcasting & Cable’s Next Wave of Leaders. Women in Cable & Technology awarded her their top honor as a “Wonder Woman” in 2012 and in the same year, Cablefax named her into the Cable Sales Hall of Fame. Zimmer was inducted in 2010 for the “40 under 40” awards by both Multichannel News and the Sports Business Journal. She served on the Women in Cable & Technology National Board of Directors for ten years.
Zimmer holds a Master of Arts degree in the School of Communication from The American University and a Bachelor of Science dual degree from SI Newhouse School of Public Communication and Whitman School of Management from Syracuse University. In 2016 she became a member of the Newhouse Advisory Board. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Clay and their two children, Ava and Chase.