Susan Cohen-Dickler is Chairman and co-founder of Banyan Productions, one of the country’s leading producers of reality television. Banyan was named one of the Top 100 Production Companies in the World in 2006 and 2007 by Real Screen Magazine. Susan has served as Executive Producer for Banyan’s over 5000 hours of reality programming including pioneer programs in the genre, A Wedding Story, Ambush Makeover and Trading Spaces. In this capacity, she oversees the content, staff, and budget for all of Banyan’s programs. She also manages the collaboration between the company’s partners, staff, and national clients.
Banyan has worked with networks from Discovery, to Lifetime, from Nick-at-Nite to PBS, from Fox Television to Oxygen. Our programs include: Home Matters, Birth Day, Deliver Me, epicurious, Things We Do for Love, Hi-Jinks, Surviving Motherhood,
Cruises We Love, Travelers, Design Invasion, Reunion, and Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls just to name a few.
Susan has recently become an adjunct professor and writer. She is teaching a class on reality television at Drexel University. She is also writing a lifestyle book about reality television currently represented by the Wolfson Literary Agency. Her new book, The Cure: Learn to Love the Phillies Again was ranked in Amazon’s top five Personal Essays for Kindle category.
Susan has received numerous awards for her work including 6 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, a national Daytime Emmy, 2 Prime Time Emmy nominations, a national Gabriel Award, a New York International Film Festival Award, and A Women In Communications
Commendation Award. She has been extensively featured in national magazines including Broadcasting and Cable, The Hollywood Reporter, TelevisionWeek, Real Screen, The New York Post, and Variety, and in local publications like Philadelphia Magazine, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Main Line Times.
Susan was an honoree and featured speaker for the Museum of TV and Radio William S. Paley TV Festival. Susan has been a featured speaker for the National Association of Television Program Executives and the Broadcast Pioneers. She has also served as a juror for the prestigious Banff World TV festival as well as a judge for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards.
Susan has a degree from Oberlin College in English Literature and Communications Studies. She is married and has two children.