President, Sony Pictures Technologies, Sony Pictures EntertainmentChief Officer, Sony 3D Technology Center, Sony Corporation of America
As President of Sony Pictures Technologies, Cookson oversees the development and implementation of the studio's technology policy and processes. He also serves as Sony Pictures' chief liaison with other Sony Corporation businesses in the area of technology.
Cookson's team leads the studio’s effort to evangelize and implement strategic initiatives including UltraViolet and digital distribution, efforts to curb online piracy, and the transition to 4K, 3D and digital, file-based workflows in the making of entertainment across Sony Pictures and beyond.
Cookson leads the effort to maintain high standards of quality on theatrical digital post production technologies and to roll-out cloud-based production tools. In 2009, he opened Sony Pictures’ dedicated 4K Digital Intermediate facility, Colorworks, where world-renown colorists utilize state-of-the-art technology to master movies in 2D and 3D. He also acts as the studio’s representative and a top advisor to the Sony Corp. on all things 3D, and is the Chief Officer overseeing the Sony 3D Technology Center based on the Sony Pictures Studio lot.
He is a fellow of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded three Emmys, including the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, and holds more than 50 U.S. patents.
Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Cookson was Chief Technology Officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment and President of the Warner Bros. Technical Operations Division. He became CTO in 1999, and began his career with Warner Bros. in 1992. Previously he served as Vice President and General Manager of Operations and Engineering for the CBS Television Network in New York. Before that, he worked for ten years at the ABC Television Network, where he won an Emmy award for his work as Director of the ABC and International Olympics Broadcast Centers.
Cookson holds a BSE degree and an MBA from Arizona State University.