About Us

Formed in 2008 by Charles S. Cohen, an executive producer of Frozen River which garnered two Academy Award nominations, the Cohen Media Group (CMG) is a Academy Award-winning independent theatrical distribution and production company, releasing the world's best in contemporary and classic cinema.

Cohen Media Group distributes select films throughout North America, allowing the CMG team to devote their best efforts towards each film’s fullest potential. CMG has released multiple Academy Award-nominated films, including Timbuktu, Mustang, and 2017’s Academy Award-winner, The Salesman

In addition to a dedication to high-quality new releases, Cohen Media Group also restores classic films under the label, CohenFilm Collection. The restorations, which include the Merchant Ivory collection and the Buster Keaton catalogue, are re-released theatrically in pristine transfers and presentations. 

With a strong dedication to quality movies and a talented support team of experienced professionals, Cohen Media Group looks forward to a long future as part of the film industry’s distinguished horizon.

Charles S. Cohen
Chairman and CEO
In his role as President and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, Charles S. Cohen is one of the country’s most important commercial real estate owners/developers, as well as an influential patron, innovator and visionary of culture and the arts. With an eye and portfolio dictated by design, art and architecture, Mr. Cohen’s distinctive portfolio of office buildings and design centers are located in New York, Texas, Florida and Southern California. Mr. Cohen also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, The Lighthouse International Theater, The Public Theater, Real Estate Board of New York, the Stella Adler Studio and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

In 2008, Mr. Cohen was executive producer of the film Frozen River, which received two Oscar nominations and was awarded the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. He also directed and produced a short film, which was the recipient of a Kodak Movie Award.
Gary Rubin
Executive Vice President
Gary Rubin has over 25 years of experience in the motion picture and television business. Prior to his current position as Executive Vice President at the Cohen Media Group, he formed and ran First Independent Pictures, a specialty distribution company. Rubin also served as Executive Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions, for Artisan Entertainment. Prior to that, Rubin was employed by October Films, where he held the position of VP, Ancillary Distribution and Library Acquisitions. Rubin resides at the CMG offices in Los Angeles.
John Kochman
Executive Vice President

Well known in film industry circles in Europe and the U.S. for over 30 years, John Kochman previously served in senior executive positions at MK2 and StudioCanal in France, and as Executive Director of Unifrance USA, headquarters for the promotion of French cinema in the United States. John and his extensive contacts in the international film sector are at the center of Cohen Media’s busy film rights acquisition and coproduction ventures outside the U.S.

Liz Mackiewicz
Senior Vice President, International Distribution
Liz Mackiewicz has an extensive background in Theatrical + Classic Library Sales, Distribution, and Film Production. During her tenure as Senior Vice President at First Look Studios (now Millenium) she sold such award-winning films as Julie Taymor’s Titus with Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Beresford’s Evelyn with Pierce Brosnan, and Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls with Javier Bardem. Liz also handled international rights as a senior executive for Morgan Creek International, Arclight Films, Media 8 Entertainment and Regent Worldwide Sales. Liz is a voting member of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Los Angeles.
Bill Thompson
Senior Vice President of Theatrical Sales
During the past two decades, Mr. Thompson has held executive sales positions with such leading distributors as Miramax Films, Gramercy Pictures, Lot 47 Films and four companies headed by Bob Berney – Newmarket Films, Picturehouse, Apparition and Film District.  He previously held senior film buying positions with several New York-based exhibition companies, including Cinema 5, Walter Reade, Cineplex Odeon and City Cinemas. Mr. Thompson most recently was a distribution consultant with Indomina Releasing, overseeing the national release of Leos Carax’s acclaimed Holy Motors. He previously consulted with Music Box Films.

For many years, Mr. Thompson taught a popular course on the film business at New York University. He has also been active with the Motion Picture Club, Variety the Children’s Charity and the Motion Picture Pioneers.
Tim Lanza
Vice President Archivist
For 19 years prior to joining Cohen Media Group and Cohen Film Collection, Tim Lanza was the Archivist and Director of Licensing and Public Access for The Rohauer Collection Motion Picture Library, where he was involved in distribution to the Theatrical, Educational, Home Video and Television markets, as well as in Footage and Still sales. During this time, he discovered several thought-lost films and worked with archives such as the Library of Congress and the British Film Institute on their restoration and preservation. He was also an independent media programmer, having curated programs that include Tom Verlaine: Music For Film, which played throughout North America and in Europe and for which he served as producer on the program’s release to DVD, and The Avant Garage Music And Film Festival, which ran annually in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio for 10 years.
Josh Kappraff
Vice President, Marketing and Creative Advertising

Josh Kappraff comes to Cohen Media Group from The Weinstein Company, where he served as Director of Creative Advertising. He contributed to the campaigns of Academy Award winners, The Artist, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, The Imitation Game, The Iron Lady, Silver Linings Playbook and Undefeated, as well as such acclaimed films as Carol, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Lion, Paddington, Philomena and Sing Street. He has overseen ad creative that has been recognized by The Clio Key Art Awards and Golden Trailer Awards. Prior to joining The Weinstein Company’s marketing department in 2011, Kappraff worked in production and development for TWC’s Dimension Films division.  

Maya Anand
Vice President, Publicity

Maya Anand joined Cohen Media Group after several years at Sony Pictures Classics, where she served in a variety of capacities, most recently as National Director of Advertising and Publicity. She contributed to the campaigns of several Academy Award-winning films including Blue Jasmine, Whiplash, Still Alice, and Son of Saul as well as a number of highly acclaimed films such as Toni Erdmann, Leviathan, Elle, Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Foxcatcher. Anand oversaw release and awards campaigns in the top markets, as well as regional print advertising. Before joining Sony Pictures Classics, Anand worked extensively in production on feature films with producer Robert Greenhut (Annie Hall, Dog Day Afternoon). She holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.