You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sid Cohen, Former TV Distribution President at MGM, Dies at 84

Sid Cohen, a veteran TV executive who headed distribution MGM in the 1990s, died May 29 in Marina del Rey after a long illness. He was 84.

From 1991 to 1999, Cohen served as president of MGM domestic television distribution, overseeing marketing and distribution of MGM and United Artists product in the United States and Canada to all broadcast television markets, basic cable networks, features to network television, as well as pay television in Canada. While working as the TV distribution head, Cohen also established MGM’s advertiser sales division.

Before moving to MGM, Cohen worked in distribution as the president of domestic television distribution at King World Productions and VP, feature planning and sales development for the domestic television distribution division of Paramount Pictures. While at King World, managed sales and marketing campaigns for “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He also ran syndication campaigns for projects like “Cheers,” “Taxi,” and “Entertainment Tonight” while working at Paramount.

Cohen earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing and advertising from the College of Business at the University of Rhode Island, and was inducted into the College of Business’ hall of fame in April 2000. He is survived by his daughter, son, and three grandchildren.

More TV

  • Aretha Franklin Patti LaBelle

    Fox News Mistakenly Uses Patti LaBelle Photo in Aretha Franklin Tribute

    Sid Cohen, a veteran TV executive who headed distribution MGM in the 1990s, died May 29 in Marina del Rey after a long illness. He was 84. From 1991 to 1999, Cohen served as president of MGM domestic television distribution, overseeing marketing and distribution of MGM and United Artists product in the United States and […]

  • 'The Alienist' Keeps 2018 Limited-Series Emmy

    'The Alienist' Will Keep 2018 Limited-Series Emmy Nominations Despite Renewal

    Sid Cohen, a veteran TV executive who headed distribution MGM in the 1990s, died May 29 in Marina del Rey after a long illness. He was 84. From 1991 to 1999, Cohen served as president of MGM domestic television distribution, overseeing marketing and distribution of MGM and United Artists product in the United States and […]

  • Starz Sets 'Outlander' Season 4 Premiere

    TV News Roundup: Starz Sets 'Outlander' Season 4 Premiere Date

    Sid Cohen, a veteran TV executive who headed distribution MGM in the 1990s, died May 29 in Marina del Rey after a long illness. He was 84. From 1991 to 1999, Cohen served as president of MGM domestic television distribution, overseeing marketing and distribution of MGM and United Artists product in the United States and […]

  • Abbi Jacobson

    Abbi Jacobson on 'Disenchantment,' 'Broad City' and Her Most 'Personal' Project Yet

    Sid Cohen, a veteran TV executive who headed distribution MGM in the 1990s, died May 29 in Marina del Rey after a long illness. He was 84. From 1991 to 1999, Cohen served as president of MGM domestic television distribution, overseeing marketing and distribution of MGM and United Artists product in the United States and […]

  • Jason Bourne Movie

    'Treadstone,' Drama Set in Jason Bourne Universe, Lands Series Order at USA Network

    Sid Cohen, a veteran TV executive who headed distribution MGM in the 1990s, died May 29 in Marina del Rey after a long illness. He was 84. From 1991 to 1999, Cohen served as president of MGM domestic television distribution, overseeing marketing and distribution of MGM and United Artists product in the United States and […]

  • Manchester City Players Attend Premiere of

    Manchester City Players Attend Premiere of Amazon's 'All or Nothing'

    Sid Cohen, a veteran TV executive who headed distribution MGM in the 1990s, died May 29 in Marina del Rey after a long illness. He was 84. From 1991 to 1999, Cohen served as president of MGM domestic television distribution, overseeing marketing and distribution of MGM and United Artists product in the United States and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content