A+E Exec Sean Cohan Heads to Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment

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He makes the move at the end of 2018.

More news out of Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment. As the media and marketing venture approaches the one-year mark, it’s tapped longtime A+E Networks veteran Sean Cohan, who is leaving the cable giant to serve as Wheelhouse's president.

Cohan’s official appointment, which puts an end to a 15-year tenure at the A+E, comes the same week that Jimmy Kimmel boarded Wheelhouse as a partner. (The Live! host has also launched his own content shingle, Kimmelot, at Wheelhouse.)

“At a time of seismic change in media and entertainment, to say that hiring Sean Cohan is a major win for us would be an understatement,” said Montgomery. “From international business building to the rollout of a diverse range of creative worldwide, Sean’s expertise in growing businesses and forging innovative partnerships is matched only by his passion and character. His commitment and great instincts have also bolstered the social impact of his work across audiences and cultures, making him one of our industry’s most respected executives. We are grateful to Paul Buccieri and A+E for working so supportively towards a new, collaborative relationship. Under Sean’s leadership, Wheelhouse will continue building out an ecosystem of bold approaches and new models that can lasso and leverage the ways talent, brands, content and technology all connect to forge new experiences for a global audience.”

While at A+E, Cohan tackled distribution, content/brand building and multiplatform business development. Assuming the top position at Wheelhouse will find him working closely with existing leadership, Montgomery and Ed Simpson, overseeing content and marketing opportunities across vertices. Cohan also will work alongside Wheelhouse’s in-house production label, Spoke Studios, which maintains a production partnership with Montgomery’s old stomping ground, ITV America.

“At A+E, I have had the thrill of launching a range of successful creative businesses and driving transformative growth with smart, inspired leaders,” said Cohan. “I’m proud to have grown robust international and digital efforts from scratch, and even more so to have assembled and learned from an exceptional global team. With that talent and infrastructure in place, it seems a great moment to make an exciting entrepreneurial leap. Wheelhouse represents a new opportunity to explore uncharted territory with successful thinkers and creatives, and I cannot wait to dive in. I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues, partners and friends, and look forward to working together in new ways.”

He’ll remain at A+E Networks, where he serves as president of international and digital media, through the end of 2018.

Said A+E boss Buccieri, “Sean has been a vital part of the A+E family for 15 years. He has played an integral role in the international and digital expansion of some of the most respected brands. All of us at A+E are going to miss Sean and his vision, passion and leadership.”