Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class
The New Jersey native not only has emerged as a key player in UTA's talent department during his nine-year tenure at the agency but also has developed a specialty in cross-platforming clients. Take top comic Kevin Hart, a longtime Cohen client, whom he has working in stand-up, film (upcoming projects include Universal's Ride Along and Warner Bros.' Grudge Match) and television (BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood and an ABC comedy based on his comedy act).
The Emory grad represents a lengthy list of actors, too, including Corey Stoll, whom he placed on Netflix's House of Cards and FX's The Strain, and Nicholas Hoult, whom Cohen helped land parts in Warm Bodies, Jack the Giant Slayer and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dark Places. The roster is filled out by actor-comedian Chris D'Elia and Comedy Central comedian Anthony Jeselnik, among others.
FIRST JOB: The summer between my junior and senior year of college, I interned for the guys who created Jim Rome's television show Rome Is Burning on ESPN.
IF I'M NOT WORKING: I'm playing sports. I play in a softball league, a flag football league, and I swim in the morning.
FAVORITE MOVIE: Braveheart
MUST-SEE TV: The League. It's really funny, and there are a lot of parallels between my buddies and the guys on that show.
BOOK ON MY NIGHTSTAND:The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
IN MY BIOPIC, THE ACTOR PLAYING ME WOULD BE: A young Clint Eastwood. Maybe that's just what I want to be: some ol' gunslinger, even though I could never be that.