David S. Cohen

Content Creator - Author - Storyteller

DAVID S. COHEN
Writer • Editor • Journalist
david@dscohen.com
424-261-2372 (Google Voice)
www.dscohen.com • linkedIn.com/in/dscohen
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Literary Representation: Cornerstone Literary, Inc.
4525 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 208 • Los Angeles, CA 90010
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SUMMARY
David S. Cohen is a an award-winning journalist, editor, author, writer/producer, brand storyteller and photographer. He excels both on solo projects, such as articles and books, and as a team leader overseeing artists, writers and designers. He is currently a Senior Editor for Variety Content Studio, the branded content arm of the"entertainment bible" Variety. He has won SoCal Journalism Awards and Maggie Awards as the producer of Variety Artisans Video and for his coverage for Variety magazine, and a Pressboard Award for Easterseals’ advertorial supplement “Abilities Unlimited,” about opportunities for people with disabilities in entertainment. His first book, Screen Plays: How 25 Scripts Made It to a Theater Near You, For Better or Worse was published by HarperCollins. He has since written five more books on films and filmmaking. He’s in demand as a presenter and moderator and has been a frequent guest on radio and television.
SEEKING
Opportunities to lead larger teams and work on more ambitious, impactful projects.

CORE COMPETENCIES
• Imaginative Thinking
• Leadership
• Problem Solving
• Integrity
• Team Building
• Project Management
• Storytelling
• Content Development
• Magazine Editing
• Longform Writing
• Interviewing
• Video Editing
• On-camera Hosting¬

WORK EXPERIENCE
Variety, Los Angeles, CA • Multiple Roles • Nov. 2002 - Present

Senior Producer,
Variety Content Studio, Los Angeles • Aug 2016 – Present

  • Led startup FYC advertorial business to over $2M revenue in less than three years
  • Produced, supervised and edited branded content for major brands including Disney, Intel, GEOX, Warner Bros., Universal, DreamWorks Animation, Marvel, Viacom, Starz, Participant Media and Neon 
  • Selected and led teams of writers, designers, editors for illustrators for print projects
  • Conceived and wrote custom content proposals for brands
  • Directed video for clients including Karma Automotive, DTS and Vizio
  • Negotiated rights and clearances for photographs, video clips and other assets
  • Managed talent searches and booked on-camera talent
  • Researched & wrote 20,000-word white paper on Branded Entertainment

Digital Features Director, Variety Content Studio, Los Angeles, • Aug 2016 – Aug 2017
  • Created, developed, produced and delivered branded video & print/web content
  • Directed branded video field shoots
  • Supervised writing, research and design for advertorial print section as lead editor
  • Ideated, developed and wrote pitches in response to RFPs

Senior Features Editor; Video Producer/Host, Variety/Daily Variety, Los Angeles • Nov 2004 – Aug 2016
  • Led more than 20 feature sections annually; conceived & assigned stories; hired & supervised freelance writers; fact-checked, copy-edited and line-edited articles
  • Posted articles and photo galleries on WordPress; managed SEO and metadata.
  • Wrote celebrity & company profiles, feature stories and breaking news
  • Launched “Artisans” video series (2014); produced & wrote 100+ episodes over two years
  • Booked video shoots with talent, reps, crews
  • Interviewed subjects on camera; wrote scripts, obtained video assets, handled releases and clearances; directed in post-production

Reporter, Variety/Daily Variety, Los Angeles, Nov. 2002 – Aug. 2016
  • Spearheaded expanded coverage of visual effects, post-production, digital cinema, stereoscopic 3-D and tech
  • Reported on film, television, theater, breaking news and digital media for news
  • Covered post-production and visual effects beat
  • Wrote numerous front-page & cover stories and exclusives
  • Covered events on deadline including Oscars, Golden Globes, Consumer Electronics Show, ShoWest (Las Vegas), NAB Show (Las Vegas), SIGGRAPH (various cities), Scientific and Technical Academy Awards, Visual Effects Society Awards, SAG Awards
  • Spoke, hosted, presented or moderated numerous events including Consumer Electronics Show, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences events, FMX Conference (Stuttgart, Germany), VIEW Conference (Turin, Italy), MindTrek Conference (Tampere, Finland)

BOOKS
Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History
Insight Editions, Nov. 2018
  • A deep dive into the entire history of the Die Hard franchise, from the inception of the controversial first film through the sequels, games and more.
  • Amazon rating: 4.9 stars

The Art of Ghost in the Shell
Insight Editions, March 2017
  • Witness the incredible artwork behind the creation of Ghost in the Shell, the live-action feature film based on the Japanese manga classic and starring Scarlett Johansson.
  • Amazon rating: 4.8 stars

Terminator Genisys: Resetting the Future
Insight Editions, June 2015
  • This look at the art and making of Terminator Genisys balances an in-depth and satisfying narrative with a striking visual account of the making of the film.
  • Amazon rating: 4.6 stars

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
  • Amazon rating: 4.8 stars

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.
  • Amazon 4.3 stars

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.

AWARDS
Pressboard Award
March 2019
Best Branded Content Partnerships 2018
“Abilities Unlimited”; Variety Content Studio & Easterseals of Southern California, advertorial print & digital

SoCal Journalism Awards, Los Angeles Press Club
June 2015
Best Entertainment News/Feature (TV);
“The Dangerous Art of Aerial Cinematography”; Variety Artisans video
Jun 2014
Best Entertainment News or Feature;
“The End”; Variety cover story on the end of 35mm film prints, with Andrew Stewart

Maggie Awards, Western Publishing Assn.
May 2015
Best Use of Video in Editorial Short Form/Trade & Consumer; “The Dangerous Art of Aerial Cinematography”
May 2014
Best Feature Article
“Force of Gravity”; Variety cover story on Alfonso Cuaròn and Gravity, with Dave McNary

VOLUNTEERING
WriteGirl/BoldInk
Mentored incarcerated teens in L.A. County juvenile detention
2018-2019

EDUCATION
• SUNY Albany
BA, Theatre, 1981
• UCLA Extension
Video Editing, 2018
Copy Editing, 2002

SKILLS
Basic Web Design (Rapidweaver, HTML)
Video Production
Print Editing
Copy Editing (AP Style)
Research (Expert)
Video Editing (Adobe Premiere)
Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, InCopy)
Google G-Suite
Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud
MacOS, iOS, Windows
Wikipedia Editing (Paid)
Photography
News & Opinion Writing

INTERESTS
Genealogy
Food & Cooking
Tea
Politics & Activism
Travel
Hiking & Swimming
NYC Sports Teams