Dan Cogan

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Dan Cogan
Occupation(s)Producer, director, writer
Years active1997–present
SpouseLiz Garbus

Dan Cogan is an American film producer. He has produced multiple documentary films including The Queen of Versailles (2012), How to Survive a Plague (2012), The Hunting Ground (2015), Icarus (2017), Won't You Be My Neighbor (2018), On the Record (2020), and has produced documentary series including I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2020), and Allen v. Farrow (2021). Cogan is the co-founder of Impact Partners, Gamechanger Films, and Story Syndicate.

Cogan has won an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for Icarus and The Apollo (2019), and has been nominated for two other Emmy awards.


In 2007, Cogan co-founded Impact Partners a documentary film and television production company alongside Geralyn Dreyfous.[2][3] Cogan has produced multiple films which have gone on to receive Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature nominations including Hell and Back Again, directed by Danfung Dennis, How to Survive a Plague by David France, and Icarus, directed by Bryan Fogel, which won the award.[4][5][6] By January 2020, Cogan stepped down and began serving as an advisor to the company.[7]

Cogan has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, for Icarus, The Fourth Estate, The Apollo, which won the award, and Allen v. Farrow.[8][9] For his work on the docuseries Nuclear Family he was a nominee for a 2021 Peabody Award.

In 2013, Cogan co-founded Gamechanger Films, a production company dedicated to financing films directed by women.[10][11] In June 2019, Cogan co-founded Story Syndicate, a film and television production company alongside Liz Garbus.[12]

Personal life

Cogan is married to Liz Garbus, and the two have two children together.[13]



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  2. ^ "Oscar-Winning Documentary Backer Now Taking Pitches to Develop and Fund New Non-Fiction Work," IndieWire, November 13, 2018
  3. ^ "About Us". Impact Partners. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "One Marine's Journey To 'Hell And Back Again'". NPR. January 20, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  5. ^ "The 2013 Oscar Documentaries, Part 1: 'How to Survive a Plague". PBS News Hour. February 13, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (March 4, 2018). "Netflix Wins First Feature Documentary Oscar With 'Icarus'". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Morfoot, Addie (January 8, 2020). "Impact Partners Names Jenny Raskin Executive Director (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  8. ^ Hesko, Tyler (September 14, 2020). "'The Apollo' Wins Emmy for Outstanding Documentary". IndieWire. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  9. ^ "Dan Cogan". Primetime Emmy Awards. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  10. ^ Zeitcheck, Steven (September 27, 2013). "New movie fund Gamechanger Films is formed to back women directors". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  11. ^ "Gamechanger Films". Gamechanger Films. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  12. ^ Thompson, Anne (June 17, 2019). "Documentarians Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus Launch New Production Company — Exclusive". IndieWire. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  13. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (April 8, 2020). "How Hollywood Works Now: Liz Garbus and Dan Cogan Rethink How to Make Documentaries". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 29, 2021.