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A&E Network Exec Neil A. Cohen Joins UTA as TV Agent

UTA has tapped television programming and talent exec Neil A. Cohen as a television agent, the agency announced Tuesday.

Cohen joins UTA in the alternative television department where he will rep reality TV producers, plus cable, network and original OTT television talent.

Cohen comes from A&E Network where he held the post of senior vice president, talent and production, for the past three years. At A&E, he developed talent-driven programming and oversaw all talent for the network.

“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,” said UTA managing director Jay Sures. “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.”

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

Cohen joined A&E Network in 2004 as vice prez of fiction and alternative programming developing series including “Shipping Wars,” “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” Before A&E, Cohen was at then-Granada America (now ITV), developing projects for U.S. cable networks. Prior to that he was an exec producer at True Entertainment and in 1997 helped establish New York Times Television.

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