A&E Executive Neil A. Cohen Joins UTA

Courtesy of UTA

He will be an agent based out of the New York office

A&E senior vp Neil A. Cohen is becoming an agent in UTA's alternative TV department, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He will work out of the agency's New York office and represent reality producers and talent across broadcast, cable and OTT.

As senior vp talent and production for the last three years, Cohen oversaw all of A&E's talent. He joined the network as vp nonfiction and alternative programming in 2004, developing such talent-driven shows as Dog the Bounty Hunter, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Shipping Wars and Steven Seagal: Lawman.

"I have known and worked with Neil for more than 10 years," UTA partner and head of alternative TV Brett Hansen said in a statement. "His experience from working in all areas of the television business, combined with his thoughtful and intelligent approach, are an unbeatable combination."

Before A&E, Cohen spent two years at U.K.-based ITV (then known as Granada America), developing projects for stateside cablers, and prior to that he was an executive producer at alternative television production company True Entertainment. He also helped establish New York Times Television in 1997 and spent four years there.

"Neil is among the most liked and most respected talent executives in the business, with an enviable track record of developing great shows to boot," UTA managing director Jay Sures said in a statement. "We know Neil will be a terrific agent and a major asset to our alternative TV department, and we're excited he is joining UTA."