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Joop Koopman has extensive experience as a writer–editor, publisher and development executive spanning a career in print, cable television and the Internet. He has operated in leading executive and editorial roles at Bayard Presse and Cablevision/Rainbow Media. A Dutch native, he has extensive international experience in communications, publicity and developing strategic alliances.
Currently a media & communications at Concern Worlwide, an international humanitarian agency, he worked as principal at The Dilenschneider Group, a strategic communications firm, and served as editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Catholic Digest, the largest magazine of its kind and the flagship North American publication of French publisher Bayard Presse. He refocused the publication’s core identity onto the mainstream of American life and pioneered new marketing efforts and strategic partnerships.
At Cablevision/Rainbow Media, Koopman reported directly to company founder and chairman Charles Dolan, who recruited him to be co-founder and editorial chief of american catholic, the first pay television channel targeting the 60 million–plus U.S. Catholic community with contemporary programming. He joined the restaging of the service as a key component of Rainbow Media’s Mag Rack, the country’s first video-on-demand cable service, where he was responsible for programming research and content partnership development.
Prior to joining Cablevision/Rainbow Media, Koopman edited the National Catholic Register, a leading national newsweekly. Under his leadership, the publication earned top honors from the Catholic Press Association as well as a host of other awards—most notably for the weekly’s foreign coverage and interviews with leading thinkers, both foreign and domestic, in church and society.
A Dutch national,Koopman has focused part of his career on building commercial, media-facilitated cultural exchanges between Europe and the United States. As a consultant, he works as a a research and programming specialist for Dutch public television networks; co-created and launched an online news and commentary service; managed and edited a quarterly documentary service; and developed numerous editorial and marketing initiatives. Koopman is US liaison for Plus Magazine in the Netherlands.
In 2006-2007, he oversaw marketing activities for the U.S. print titles of the French media group Media-Participations and began work on Catholic IPTV, a new television service launched by Computer Associates founder and chairman Charles Wang. Most recently, he served as lead researcher for FaithStreams Network, an online initiative launched by Faith & Values Media.