V.P. of business, legal affairs for Buena Vista Television

Steven Cohen, V.P. of business and legal affairs for Buena Vista Television, died in his sleep at home on Monday, Jan. 31. He was 33.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

“Steven was a star at Buena Vista Television and a rising star within the Walt Disney Company,” said Janice Marinelli, president of BVT. “An outstanding human being, Steven had a thirst and passion for learning and always kept one step ahead. We relied on him for his rich knowledge and good judgment. His death is a tremendous loss to us, both personally and professionally.”

Cohen joined Buena Vista in January, 2000 as director of business affairs. In March, 2003 he was promoted to vice president of business and legal affairs, distribution. In that role, Cohen was responsible for overseeing all business affairs and legal matters related to BVT’s distribution platforms, including pay TV, pay-per-view, network, syndication and basic cable television. Among his responsibilities was taking the lead position in the negotiation of complex distribution agreements with BVT’s business partners.

He was married for ten months to Brielle Cohen and their first child is due in July of this year. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents and a sister.

Contributions can be made to the Steve Cohen memorial fund. Call (818) 460-5101 for more information.

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