David Rosen is a writer and business-development consultant.

He is the author of

  • Sin, Sex & Subversion: How What Was Taboo in 1950s New York Became America’s New Normal (Skyhorse/Carrel).
  • Sex Scandal America: Politics & the Ritual of Public Shaming (Key Publishing).
  • Off-Hollywood: The Making & Marketing of Independent Films (Grove Press), originally commissioned by the Sundance and the Independent Feature Project (IF).

For more information on – and to purchase – these works, please see Books section.

He contributed, “Sexual Politics in the Age of Obama,” for Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, ed., Jeffrey St. Clair (AK Press) and was commissioned to write the entry, “Sexual Terrorism,” for the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia on Gender and Sexuality (2016).

He regularly contributes articles on politics, sexuality and popular culture to AlterNet, Black Star News, Brooklyn Rail, CounterPunch, FourTwoNine, Salon and Truthout.

He also writes about media, technology and public policy for Cyber Defense, Filmmaker and IndieWire as well as contributed to AND-magazine, FilmInFocus, Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, Red Herring online, San Francisco Focus and Sexuality and Culture.

Professionally, he is a business-development consultant with thirty-plus years experience. He served on the management teams taking public two media-tech start-ups and oversaw the worldwide launch of the first CD-ROM system of players and titles. Consulting clients include Screentakes (led a successful Kickstarter campaign) as well as Consumers Union, Fujitsu, KQED/SF, WNET/NY and Smithsonian.

He was executive producer of “Digital Independents: the forum on creativity, technology & democracy,” supported by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. He served on the boards of directors of PBS’s Independent Television Service (treasurer) and Film Arts Foundation as well as been an advisor to MoMA’s Video Collection, the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, and Rep. Richard Gephardt. For more information, see

He lives in New York City.