Veteran A+E Networks executive Sean Cohan has been named president of Brent Montgomery’s media and marketing venture, Wheelhouse Entertainment.
Cohan (pictured) currently serves as president of international and digital media at A+E Networks and will remain with the company through the end of 2018. He will officially join Wheelhouse in late January 2019.
In his new role, Cohan will work closely with Montgomery and Edward Simpson, chief strategy officer, to shepherd the expansions of content and marketing opportunities for Wheelhouse across various businesses and platforms. Cohan will oversee talent, brand and other corporate partnerships for the venture. He will also team with Wheelhouse’s in-house production label, Spoke Studios, led by co-presidents Will Nothacker and Joe Weinstock.
During his tenure at A+E Networks which has run close to 15 years, Cohan has been responsible for growing the company’s distribution business as well as content and brand building, and multi-platform business development.
Paul Buccieri, president of A+E Networks Group, said of Cohan in a statement: “He has played an integral role in the international and digital expansion of some of the most respected brands. All of us at A+E are going to miss Sean and his vision, passion and leadership.”
“At a time of seismic change in media and entertainment, to say that hiring Sean Cohan is a major win for us would be an understatement,” added Montgomery. “From international business building to the rollout of a diverse range of creative worldwide, Sean’s expertise in growing businesses and forging innovative partnerships is matched only by his passion and character. His commitment and great instincts have also bolstered the social impact of his work across audiences and cultures, making him one of our industry’s most respected executives.”
“At A+E, I have had the thrill of launching a range of successful creative businesses and driving transformative growth with smart, inspired leaders,” said Cohan, regarding his career at A+E and his imminent move to Wheelhouse. “I’m proud to have grown robust international and digital efforts from scratch, and even more so to have assembled and learned from an exceptional global team. With that talent and infrastructure in place, it seems a great moment to make an exciting entrepreneurial leap. Wheelhouse represents a new opportunity to explore uncharted territory with successful thinkers and creatives, and I cannot wait to dive in. I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues, partners and friends, and look forward to working together in new ways.”
Earlier this week, Wheelhouse announced a joint venture with comedian and late-night TV star Jimmy Kimmel, whose new production banner Kimmelot will reside under the Wheelhouse Entertainment umbrella, operating in the unscripted, scripted, mobile and digital spaces.
Former ITV America CEO and Leftfield Entertainment founder Montgomery launched Wheelhouse Entertainment in late January 2018 with offices in New York and Los Angeles. In the months since, Wheelhouse has been looking to foster content and marketing opportunities for a range of companies and platforms, as well as develop talent-driven partnerships.