Ex-Disney, UPN, MGM, Artisan Execs Form First Family Entertainment
Cohen served as president of Tremaine Assoc., an entertainment media consultancy with such clients as DVD Station and Edgestream Technology. Before that, he was gm of RealNetworks consumer division. From 1994 to 2000, Cohen was president of MGM Home Ent. and Consumer Products, where he was responsible for all of the studios interests involving film, television and interactive products on DVD, home video and emerging formats. Prior to that, he was evp of Buena Vista Home Video, Worldwide, responsible for marketing, sales and distribution of all Disney, Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures home-entertainment products worldwide, representing $1.5 billion in annual revenues. He joined Disney in 1986 as vp, International Home Video and Pay Television, overseeing Disneys home-entertainment expansion across the globe, including the United Kingdom, Asia and Europe.
Van Dyk most recently was evp and chief strategic officer of Artisan Ent., where he oversaw all finance and business-development activity, including acquisitions, treasury and strategic investments. While there, he co-managed Artisans IPO, structured and co-managed its $160 million film-financing facility, oversaw acquisition efforts and negotiated Artisans $40 million home-entertainment distribution agreement with Fox. Shortly after joining Artisan in 1997, he was named vp of corporate development, and, in 2000, was promoted to evp. Between 1995 and 1997, he was manager, corporate strategic planning and development, at the Walt Disney Co. Prior to that, Van Dyk was associate consultant with The LEK Partnership.
MGM Home Ent., a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., controls the home video, DVD and video-on-demand rights to the worlds largest library of modern films. In 2003, the company began signing strategic partnerships with prestigious family entertainment companies and launched a new MGM Kids branding initiative for pre-school-aged products. The company manages worldwide home video, DVD and video-on-demand distribution rights to United Artists and current Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer theatrical releases, as well as titles from the Orion, Goldwyn and PolyGram libraries, totaling about 4,000 films. For more information about MGM Home Entertainment, its products, and services, go to www.mgmhomevideo.com.