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Sara Cohen joins A. Smith & Co. as development VP

Tinopolis-owned U.S. prodco A. Smith & Co. Productions has hired former USA Network executive Sara Cohen as vice president of development. In her new role, Cohen will be tasked for developing ...
June 22, 2018

Tinopolis-owned U.S. prodco A. Smith & Co. Productions has hired former USA Network executive Sara Cohen as vice president of development.

In her new role, Cohen will be tasked for developing multi-genre content across both A. Smith & Co. Entertainment and the company’s factual and documentary division, Dox, and overseeing all aspects of development.

Cohen joins the prodco from NBC Universal-owned Syfy/USA Networks where she spent three years as the director of alternative development and programming. She helped launch such titles as According to Chrisley, The Cromarties, Secret Life of Kids and The Internet Ruined My Life.

Before Syfy/USA Network, Cohen served as a manager of series development at MTV Networks, working on such shows as 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2, Real World: Skeletons and Real World: Ex-Plosion.

Elsewhere, Kysha Mounia has been elevated to director of development. Mounia will continue as supervising producer on TV One’s NAACP Award-winning musical documentary series Unsung, and will continue to create new formats and series for the A. Smith & Co. Dox division.

Mounia joined the company in 2007 as a production supervisor. Prior to working at A. Smith & Co., Mounia began her career at NBC as a page for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Following her stint at NBC, she worked on such television documentary programs as Fox Sports Net’s Beyond the Glory and BET’s American Gangster.

Both Cohen and Mounia report to Rupert Dobson, senior vice president of development.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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