Emmy-Winning Writer & Co-Executive Producer, The Simpsons
- Co-Producer and Writer, The Simpsons
- Earned an MBA at York University
- Former Ad Executive/Manager, Turner Broadcasting
- Awards: 2 Emmys and 3 Writer's Guild Award
- Author, How to Lose a Marathon: A Starter's Guide to Finishing in 26.2 Chapters
As the Emmy award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons, the longest-running American scripted primetime television series in history, Joel Cohen (bio) has been a key part of the show’s success. Since its debut on December 17, 1989, The Simpsons has broadcast more than 650 episodes, was named by Time as “The greatest TV show of the 20th century,” and ranked by TV Guide as the greatest TV cartoon of all time. In his fascinating and wonderfully humorous presentations, he provides vibrant stories and key lessons to the show’s sustained creative process, group dynamics and culture of innovation.
Areas of Expertise
Innovation | Team Work | Creativity | Culture | Sustained Success | Humor
There's no "I" in "Innovation" (oh wait, there's actually two of them)
Lessons in innovation from the most successful show in TV history
Joel Cohen is an absolutely hilarious, deadpan, quick-on-his-feet speaker...perfect for any group that needs to enhance their innovation culture, but who prefer to laugh a little (okay, a lot) while learning how. Armed with inspired anecdotes and clips, he takes you into the fabled writer's room at The Simpsons to draw the links - and there are many - between maintaining a hit show and running a successful company. He asks, and then brilliantly answers, questions essential to the success of any industry. How do you manage group dynamics to get the best from your talent? How do you find, evaluate, implement, and even discard new ideas? How do you chart a renewable path to innovation? And how do you overcome creative log jams? (Note: for actual, literal logjams, Cohen recommends a chainsaw...or even better, hiring a guy with a chainsaw).
Joel Cohen – Speech Opening
Creative Strategies of The Simpsons
How Sustained Creativity is Making History
- What does it take to stay creative and innovative for 30 straight years?
- What lessons can be drawn from the process and group dynamics of a hit TV show?
- How do you fix a leaky water heater?
Joel Cohen can answer two of those questions.
As the Emmy award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons, the longest-running American scripted primetime television series in history, Joel has been a key part of the show’s success.