Unscripted

Half Yard Productions ups two

Half Yard Productions has promoted freelance casting director and development producer Matt Cohn (left) to director, talent and casting and manager of development, while manager of development Matt Ayres (right) becomes director of development.
February 4, 2014

Half Yard Productions has promoted two staffers to its senior management team.

Effective immediately, freelance casting director and development producer Matt Cohn (left) will step into the newly created role of director, talent and casting while manager of development Matt Ayres (right)becomes director of development.

In addition to overseeing casting and talent relations, Cohn will be responsible for identifying and cultivating on-air talent for development projects and new series. His casting credits for Half Yard include Animal Planet’s Hillbilly Handfishin’ and Bravo’s 100 Days of Summer.

Ayres will manage series in the company’s development pipeline, create sizzle reels and scout new concepts and stories. His credits include finding the talent for National Geographic Channel’s Diggers and development on Discovery Channel’s American Loggers.

Both are based out of the company’s Bethesda, Maryland office.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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