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Cohen shingle, Miramax pact

Sr. VP to finish prod'n duties on 'Cider,' 'Down,' 'Bounce'

NEW YORK — Miramax Films senior vice president of production Bobby Cohen is leaving the company to hang out his shingle, which will have a long-term production deal with the studio.

Although most studios give production deals as a consolation prize to execs who have been fired, Miramax co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein use them to reward young execs. Cohen is following in the footsteps of former Miramax production exec Richard Gladstein, whose FilmColony is producing “The Cider House Rules” for the company.

Three wraps and he’s out

Cohen will segue to his L.A.-based production company Cohen Pictures after he wraps exec producer chores on three Miramax pics: “Cider House,” in post-production; Kris Isaacson’s “Down to You,” slated to begin shooting April 26; and “Bounce,” the latest film by writer-director Don Roos, which is in pre-production.

“Bobby has proven that he is an extremely well-rounded executive,” Harvey Weinstein said. “During his six years at Miramax, he has shown tremendous growth; he has more than earned his producing stripes. In his new role, I have no doubt that Bobby will continue to bring in and deliver great films.”

‘Scream’ buy up

While at Miramax, Cohen served as exec producer on “Rounders” and “54” and worked on such Miramax projects as “The Pallbearer” and “Beautiful Girls.” He also played a role in the acquisition of “Scream” for Dimension Films, Miramax’s genre banner.

Cohen began his career at the Writers & Artists Agency in New York.

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