The Team

Joseph N. Cohen

President

A graduate of Yale and Oxford, Joseph N. Cohen is highly regarded for his investment banking and media expertise.  Prior to becoming President and Chief Operating Officer of Largo Entertainment in 1989, followed by co-chairmanship of Intermedia/Film Equities in 1994, Cohen held senior positions at several of the leading investment banking firms, including N.M. Rothschild & Sons, Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, Orion Royal Bank and Samuel Montagu. For the past twenty-eight years he has focused his efforts on the entertainment and media industries and is active in motion picture, television and other media financing throughout the world.

Cohen’s involvement in the motion picture industry began in the UK in 1980, where he pioneered the use of tax-based lease financing for feature films and with several partners, including Samuel Montagu and Investors in Industry, financed over GBP 400 million of UK-qualified production. Cohen also founded Canadian Entertainment Investors (C.E.I.), which was one of the leading financiers for the Canadian film and television industry and which pioneered the use of public limited partnership offerings to finance Canadian-qualified productions.

In December 1993, Cohen completed a four-year term as President and Chief Operating Officer of Largo Entertainment, the joint venture between JVC/Victor Company of Japan Ltd. and Hollywood producer Lawrence Gordon. Cohen advised JVC on the creation of Largo and under his tenure, Largo produced several major box office hits including Point Break,Unlawful Entry, and Timecop as well as the critically acclaimed film Malcolm X, which it co-financed with Warner Bros.

Cohen is also an active producer and financier of motion pictures. Producer credits include the Showtime Original Movie, Beyond Forgiveness, starring Thomas Ian Griffith and Rutger Hauer (1995), and Solo, starring Mario Van Peebles, for Sony Pictures Entertainment (1996). Executive Producer credits include Iron Eagle IV, starring Lou Gossett, Jr (1995);The Assignment, starring Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley, for Sony Pictures Entertainment (1997); Wing Commander, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Matthew Lillard and Saffron Burrows, for Twentieth Century Fox (1999); Delivering Milo, starring Albert Finney and Bridget Fonda (2001); Jane Doe, starring Teri Hatcher and Rob Lowe (2001);Fear X, starring John Turturro (2003); and Masked and Anonymous, starring Bob Dylan, John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges (2003).

In 1996, Cohen retired as Co-Chairman of InterMedia/Film Equities to form American Entertainment Investors. Cohen was instrumental in the creation of Alcon Entertainment, an independent production company established by Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and Founder of Federal Express Corp.

From 2006 to 2010, Cohen co-managed EF Solutions LLC, which invested in a broad range of project financings for the film and television industries, including super-gap loans, prints and advertising funding, bridge financing, monetizing soft money benefits and financing library acquisitions.  EFS provided mezzanine financing for the 2008 Academy-Award winning film The Hurt Locker.

Cohen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences and was adjunct professor in The Peter Stark Producing Program in the University of Southern California Graduate School of Cinema/Television for sixteen years.

 

 

 

Charles Cohen

Senior Vice President

Charles Cohen is Senior Vice President of American Entertainment Investors, (AEI). His responsibilities include managing Portfolio Funding Company, LLC, which owns the bulk of the Weinstein Company Library and provided a working capital facility to the Weinstein Company to fund overhead, productions, acquisitions and distribution expenses. Prior to joining AEI, Cohen was CEO/President of Extra Large Technology (“XLT”) an animation studio in Hollywood, which specialized in producing family entertainment. Cohen guided XLT’s production of Playmobil’s The Secret of Pirate Island, as well as three movies featuring MGA’s popular Bratz dolls – Livin’ It Up With The BratzBratz Glitz ‘n Glamour andLil’ Bratz Party Time.  Cohen was responsible for developing and producing XLT’s original content, including the graphic novel Boy Zero featured in Heavy Metal Magazine. Mr. Cohen has been a film producer and writer for over 20 years. His credits include the award-winning The Gambler (starring Michael Gambon and Jodhi May) for Film Four and Canal Plus, Beyond Forgiveness (starring Rutger Hauer and Thomas Ian Griffin) for NuImage/Showtime/Republic, Lady Beware (starring Diane Lane) and Eddie & The Cruisers: Eddie Lives for IVE/Scotti Bros.  Projects in development include an adaptation of Ghost in the Rainbow based on the novel by Joan Leslie Woodruff.  Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Yale University.

 

 

 

John Smith

Vice President

John Smith has worked in various aspects of entertainment and film finance for the past thirteen years. With a background in investment banking, he began working in finance and development for the independent production company IMMI Pictures, which produced Delivering Milo starring Albert Finney and Bridget Fonda. He was also the Production Manager for the independent feature, Christmas at Maxwell’s and Associate Producer for There Be Dragons starring Wes Bentley and Charlie Cox. As a consultant, past clients include banks such as Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse as well as independent production companies including Alcon Entertainment, Exclusive, River Road and Amber Entertainment. He is currently Senior Associate at American Entertainment Investors. He has an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Harvard University.