Academy Award-winning producer Bruce Cohen recently launched Bruce Cohen Productions, adding live events, theater, and new media to his existing film & television businesses. This year, he produced the 83rd Annual Academy Awards along with Don Mischer.
Previously, along with producing partner Dan Jinks, Bruce produced Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk. The film was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture by the British Academy Awards (BAFTAs) and the Producer's Guild of America (PGA), and received the PGA's Stanley Kramer Award.
Bruce and Dan won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2000 for producing American Beauty. The film, which won a total of five Oscars, as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and PGA Awards, was the first film produced through The Jinks/Cohen Company. Their second film was Down With Love starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, followed by Big Fish, directed by Tim Burton. Other films include The Forgotten, starring Julianne Moore, and John August's directing debut, The Nines, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hope Davis.
In television, the pair executive produced the acclaimed ABC series Pushing Daisies, which won a total of 7 Emmys and was nominated for a Golden Globe as best comedy. They also served as executive producers on the series Traveler (ABC) and Side Order of Life (Lifetime). Bruce executive produced the Emmy-nominated CBS special Movies Rock in 2007, also with Mischer.
Bruce serves on the PGA’s Producer’s Council and is a past Vice President of Motion Pictures for the guild. He is on the Executive Committee of the Producer's Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and produced the first ever Governor’s Awards for the Academy in November, 2009.