Jay Cohen is a Partner and Head of Film Finance and Distribution at The Gersh Agency, one of Hollywood’s oldest and largest talent agencies with seventy-ﬁve agents and ofﬁces in Los Angeles and New York. At Gersh, he oversees a department which represents multiple equity funds, sells finished films, and consults on independent financing for a wide spectrum of industries across all media. During his time at the Gersh Agency, Mr. Cohen has successfully packaged and sold hundreds of ﬁlms.
Prior to his career in Hollywood, Mr. Cohen spent years working on Wall Street. Mr. Cohen’s ﬁrst ﬁlm, which he produced and self-ﬁnanced, was the critically acclaimed hit Swimming with Sharks, a ﬁlm which remains as relevant today as it was when it was released in 1995.
Jay Cohen’s entertainment career includes a three-year partnership with Dustin Hoffman and Village Roadshow Pictures Australia. Mr. Cohen created the company Cosmic Entertainment, a partnership with Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson. Mr. Cohen started his own company, Light Speed Media, in 2004. Cohen produced Two for the Money starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey and Rene Russo, ﬁnanced by Morgan Creek and released by Universal Pictures in 2005. Also in 2005 he produced the TV movie 14 Hours for TNT. In addition, Mr. Cohen developed and produced Mad Money, starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes, directed by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise). Mr. Cohen developed and executive produced Bride Wars starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway for New Regency Pictures, which was released in January 2009.