CANNES — Yoni Cohen is said to have resigned as Polygram Filmed Entertainment’s vice president of television and broadcasting after less than a year in the job.
Cohen is believed to have been frustrated by Polygram’s failure to make progress towards the launch of the Sundance Channel in Europe.
He was hired last June for the newly created post in London, with specific responsibility to manage the international rollout of the Sundance Channel, in which Polygram owns a substantial stake. His broader mandate was to develop the company’s global broadcasting interests.
But Polygram’s strategy of signing major pay-TV output deals for its movie product with local players around Europe, instead of reserving that product for the Sundance Channel, is believed to have contributed to Cohen’s decision to quit, as well as problems with his reporting structure.