Writer - Journalist - Photographer
c/o Cornerstone Literary, Inc.
4525 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 208
Los Angeles, CA 90010

fax: 323/782-3902

David S. Cohen is a an award-winning journalist, author, documentary film writer/producer and photographer who writes on entertainment, culture, arts and technology for print outlets around the world. He is currently a features editor and news reporter for the "entertainment bible"
Variety. He has also worked in show business for more than 25 years as everything from casting agent to Off-Off-Broadway stage director to writer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He specializes in covering actors and acting, screenwriters and screenplay development, visual effects and post-production, and is a frequent guest on radio and podcasts covering entertainent technology issues. He received a Maggie Award for his Variety cover story on Alfonso Cuaron and Gravity, and a Southern California Journalism Award for his Variety cover story on the demise of 35mm film prints. His first book, Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You, For Better or Worse, based on his bimonthly Script features, was published by HarperCollins in February 2008. He lives with his wife and stepdaughter in Los Angeles.


Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters
Insight Editions, June 2013

  • Official making-of book of Guillermo del Toro’s cult hit Pacific Rim. Includes interviews with del Toro, his designers and artists, cast, and animators. Five-star rating on Amazon.com.
The Ballad of Rango: The Art & Making of an Outlaw Film
Insight Editions, March 2011
  • Official making-of book of Oscar-winning animated feature Rango. Includes interviews with director Gore Verbinski, writer John Logan, Verbinski’s production team and artists from Industrial Light & Magic.
Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You, For Better or Worse
HarperCollins, Feb. 2009
  • In-depth analysis and interviews on the development of 25 feature films, including Gladiator, American Beauty, Witness, Erin Brockovich, Monsoon Wedding and Monster’s Ball.

Print Journalism

Daily newspaper and weekly magazine
Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A., 1999- Present

Technology Editor/Reporter & Columnist 2002 - Present

  • Spearheaded expanded coverage of visual effects, post-production, digital cinema, stereoscopic 3-D and animation.
  • Editor of Tech page in Weekly Variety, covering all areas of entertainment technology.
  • Oversaw launch of “Tech Tussles” series in Daily Variety, highlighting competition and conflict in entertainment technology sector.
  • Wrote biweekly “Techbytes” column offering analysis and opinion.
  • Covered post-production and visual effects beat. Contributed in-depth coverage and analysis of growing digital production sector.
  • Spot reporting at Consumer Electronics Show, SMPTE Digital Cinema Summit/Summit on Cinema and other events.
  • Regular speaker/moderator at technology-related conferences and events, including FMX (Stuttgart, Germany), SIGGRAPH, Whistler Film Festival (Whistler, Canada), VIEW Conference (Turin, Italy) and Mindtrek (Tampere, Finland).

Senior Features Editor
2012 - present
Associate Features Editor
2005 - 2012
  • Features editing: Oversaw more than 20 feature sections annually, including:
    Writers on Writers 2013; 50 Years of James Bond; Summer VFX 2013; Emmy Creative Arts coverage; Oscar and Emmy Writers coverage; Screenwriters to Watch; TV Scribes to Watch, and many more
  • Conceived and assigned stories, hired and supervised freelance writers. Fact-checked and edited copy, and supervised designers. Acquired and consulted on art and page design. Wrote numerous feature stories for my own sections and others.
    Major profiles including Gale Anne Hurd (Billion Dollar Producer lead profile), Jerry Bruckheimer (Showman of the Year lead profile) and Al Pacino (2007 AFI honors lead profile).

Technology Columnist 2010 - present
General Reporter 2005 - present
  • Event coverage: Attended and covered numerous events on deadline, including Academy Awards (6 times); Academy Governors Awards (3 times), Golden Globes (4 times), Scientific and Technical Academy Awards, NAB Show (Las Vegas), ShoWest (Las Vegas), SIGGRAPH, Visual Effects Society Awards, USC Scripter Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
  • Additional: Moderated Q&As at Variety screening series and various visual effects and technology roundtables. Organized inaugural Variety team in Malibu Triathlon Entertainment Industry Challenge

Film Reporter 2004-2005
  • Covered Revolution Studios, Lucasfilm, visual effects, post-production and Disney Studios beats.
  • Numerous breaking news exclusives and feature stories for Daily Variety trade paper and weekly Variety trade magazine.
  • Expanded Variety's coverage of visual effects and post-production, digital cinema, stereoscopic 3-D and animation.

Copy Editor (Rim) 2002-2005
  • Wrote headlines, proof-read, fact-checked and edited for style, on deadline, for Daily and Weekly Variety and monthly V-Life consumer magazine.
  • Wrote and edited news obituaries on deadline, including Donald O'Connor, Elia Kazan, Ronald Reagan and Marlon Brando.

Freelance Writer: Special Reports 1999- 2005
  • Feature writer & reporter covering all aspects of the film and television industry for center-section Special Reports.
  • Lead stories on Al Pacino tributes, visual-effects Oscar race and numerous award shows. Interviews & profiles including: Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols, Anthony Minghella, Al Pacino, Jerry Lewis, Elton John, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman.
Script Magazine
Bimonthly, Baldwin, MD, U.S.A. , 1997 - 2011
  • Contributing Editor, contributing popular "From Script to Screen" feature for bimonthly film magazine.
  • “Script Magazine's most read and most popular articles. Readers consistently name 'From Script to Screen' as the first article they turn to in each issue” -- Shelly Mellott, Editor in Chief
  • More than 60 in-depth interviews with screenwriters including Oscar® winners Alan Ball (American Beauty), Ron Bass (My Best Friend's Wedding), William Kelly (Witness), Steven Zaillian (A Civil Action), many resulting in cover stories.

Video Business & DVD Exclusive
Weekly, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A., June 2002 - September 2005
Part-time news reporter, covering home-video distribution, marketing and production for weekly trade magazine.

Tradeshow Week
Weekly, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A., October 2001 - October 2005
  • Contributing Editor, covering tradeshow & exhibition industry for internationally-distributed trade magazine.
  • Provided special coverage of September 11 attacks and their effect on tradeshow industry, including "Facing the Crisis" feature, Venue Security, Terrorism, marketing and business travel.
  • Initiated ongoing coverage China and Asia-Pacific tradeshow industry.
South China Morning Post
Daily, Hong Kong, 1996 - 2000
  • Los Angeles-based stringer, covering film, television and fashion for Hong Kong's largest English-language daily.
  • Numerous stories on front of Monday Focus and Saturday Review sections and covers of Weekend Entertainment section.
  • One-on-one interviews including Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Oliver Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, John McTiernan, Bai Ling.

Contributor To:
Premiere Magazine (U.S.A., 2002)
Discover Magazine (U.S.A., July 2001)
US Magazine (U.S.A., January 2001)
Hong Kong iMail (Hong Kong, 2000-2001)
Next Magazine (Hong Kong, 1998-2000)
Heat Magazine (U.K., June 2000)
Total Film Magazine (U.K., 1997-99)
The Jerusalem Post (Israel, 1998-99)
Cinemanía Magazine (Mexico/U.S.A., 1998-99)
Discovery Magazine (Cathay Pacific, May 1998)
OK! Magazine (U.K., August 1997)

Documentary & Television

Silver Dreamer - The Journey of Luo Yan
Los Angeles, Shanghai, Beijing, 2001
  • One hour independent television biography/Ostlund Productions Inc.
  • Coordinated budget, travel and research for production in the U.S. and China.
  • Worked with bi-lingual and Mandarin speaking investors, staff, crews and staff on location in China.
  • Conducted interviews on location in Los Angeles, Shanghai and Beijing.
  • Wrote and edited script; worked with director on rewrites during editing.
  • Format: Beta SP

Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau
Los Angeles, CA, 2001
Half-hour television biography/Ostlund Productions/Fox Movie Channel

documentary feature (in progress)
1997 - Present
  • Supervised budget, travel, research and licensing for theatrical documentary.
  • Format: 16x9 Digital Betacam for transfer to 35mm negative

Television Interviewer
Star TV Asia/Channel V
Los Angeles (for air in Asia), 2000 - 2001
  • Interviewer for film-related segments for satellite television network serving China, Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.
  • Interviews including Leonardo DiCaprio, Danny Boyle, Gary Sinise.

Ms. Fitness USA 1997/Ms. Fitness World 1997
Los Angeles, CA, 1997
  • Two one-hour, nationally-syndicated fitness competition shows.
  • Wrote introductions and segue segments for two on-camera hosts.
  • Interviewed and prepared profiles of competitors from around the U.S. and the world, including U.K., France and Ukraine.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Los Angeles, CA 1993-1994 season
(with Martin A. Winer)
"Destiny" - sole 'Written by' credit; 1994-95 season
"Crossover" - rewrite; 1993-94 season

Feature Film Science & Technical Research

Sum of All Fears

Rumbalara Films, Los Angeles, CA, 1999 - 2000
Philip Noyce, Director; Paul Attanasio, Writer
Researched and prepared reports on topics including:
  • Nuclear weapons technology
  • Russian nuclear weapons and nuclear security.
  • Nuclear blast effects.
  • Global & domestic terrorism and hate groups.
  • CIA and military hardware.

Exit Zero
The Forge, Santa Monica, CA, 1996
Renny Harlin, Director; David & Janet Peoples, Writers
Researched and prepared reports on topics including:
  • Space flight & orbital mechanics
  • Military chemical weapons & nerve gasses.
  • Advanced robotics.
  • Hacker techniques.
  • Phone trace technologies.

Business Affairs, Story Development & Casting

Executive Assistant & In-house Macintosh consultant
Wind Dancer Production Group
Burbank, CA, 1992- 1995
  • Assisted in negotiations and business affairs for President of television and film production company.
  • Shows including Thunder Alley and Home Improvement.
  • Selected hardware and software, supervised purchasing, installation and maintenance for 30-user Macintosh LocalTalk network, including workgroups for TV production.

Executive Assistant
Agency For The Performing Arts
New York, NY   1989 - 1992
Assistant for chief of Literary Department for New York office of bi-coastal theatrical agency with clients in Los Angeles, New York and London.
  • Assisted with negotiations and deal memos for writers, producers and directors in television, feature film and theatre.
  • Supervised talent payment for clients, handling in excess of $4 million annually.
  • Screened submissions from new writers, wrote coverage on scripts by potential clients.

Freelance Script Reader
Los Angeles, 1995- 1997
Evaluated scripts for purchase/option, wrote script coverage and story notes for feature film producers including::
  • The Forge (Geena Davis/Renny Harlin/Amanda Stern)
  • Simpson-Bruckheimer (Lucas Foster, Chad Oman)
  • Meyers/Shyer Company (Stacy Attanasio)
  • Kennedy-Marshall Company (Phyllis Owens, Clyde Derrick)
  • Turner Pictures (Amy Pascal, Lucas Foster, Jace Cook, Jen Chamberlain)
  • Savoy Pictures (Rob Fried, Rich Zinman Jill Weisman, Cyril O'Neill)

Casting Director
Manticore Theater Company;
New York, NY, 1987-90
Wrote character breakdowns, solicited agency submissions and supervised auditions for Off-Off-Broadway theater company, including productions of Shakespeare's
Henry IV, Part 1 and After the Rain.

Casting Assistant
Simon & Kumin Casting
New York, NY November 1988 - May 1989
Wrote and edited character breakdowns; pre-screened auditioners for stage & TV; scheduled auditions; maintained lists; handled billing, payables and office administration for stage, film & television casting.
M. Butterfly, The Piano Lesson, Interrogating the Nude
Off-Broadway & Regional Theatre: The Second Stage; Yale Rep
Film & Television:
Family Business, Doctor Doctor (New York search)

Public Relations

Minetor & Company.
Los Angeles, CA/Rochester, NY, 1999

Wrote & produced press kit for high-tech startup company launching major bi coastal promotional campaign.

Public Relations Associate
Burks Hamner Associates Public Relations
Los Angeles, CA, 1999
Wrote release and produced mailings for PR firm.
Booked personal appearances for touring clients.
Interfaced with editors, radio producers and clients, pitched story ideas, secured calendar listings.

Educational Publishing

Fort Lauterdale, FL, 1999 - present

Summarized business, science and self-improvement books for Internet-based book abstract publisher.
Over 50 titles summarized, including:
The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman
The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
The Transparent Society by David Brin
A History of Corporate Finance by Jonathan Barron Baskin, Paul J. Miranti Jr.
Soros on Soros by George Soros, with Byron Wien and Krisztina Koenen

Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center, Ltd.
New York, NY September 1982 - November 1988
Writer, editor and voice talent for numerous nationally distributed audio instructional tapes for SAT and other test prep courses.
Wrote scripts, generated EDLs in off-line edit sessions and assisted on set for video SAT course.

Skills & Education:
  • Expert researcher, including Internet, library, and primary sources.
  • MPAA Accredited.
  • Software: InCopy, Falcon (newsroom software), Nisus Writer (Macintosh), MS Word (Macintosh/Windows), MS Excel (Macintosh & Windows), Microsoft Outlook, Quicken,
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A. Theatre, Summa Cum Laude.; Honors: "Futterer Award" for Theatre, Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Languages: Basic Spanish & conversational Mandarin