Post-production collaborator with Steven Spielberg – Variety2 min read
Martin “Marty” Cohen, a longtime colleague of Steven Spielberg and head of the postproduction department at Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures, died May 17 in Los Angeles after a battle with heart disease. He was 67 years old.
Spielberg said in a statement, “Marty started working with Michael Kahn and me on The Color Purple and then switched to the role of post-production supervisor for both DreamWorks and Paramount.” Later, he worked with me and other filmmakers on film preservation. We both share that passion, but above all, Marty is three decades old He has been a devoted and loyal member of our Amblin family for more than a year. He cared deeply about the way movies kept an eye on the audience, both in the theater and at home. Our keen eyes and warm hearts will be dearly missed in the finish line of every film we make here. “”
Cohen was a native of New York. He entered the industry in 1978 as a production assistant to Ralph Bakshi’s Rotoscoping Animation adaptation of “Lord of the Rings”, then as an assistant editor at “Penis for the Heaven” and Amblin’s “The Gunis”. He started working on “Purple in Color” from Spielberg and then worked as an associate editor at “Sun’s Empire”.
Cohen served as Amblin’s head of post-production, beginning in 1977, and has worked on “Who’s Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Future Part II and III”, “Hook,” and “Schindler’s List of Best Picture Winners.” She has been head of stremo post-production since 1994, when the studio opened and worked on Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan,” as well as Best Picture winners, “American Beauty” and “Gladiator,” Minority Report, World’s World. “And” Munich. “
In 200 In, Cohen joined Paramount Pictures and featured post-production features in 2010. He was also a co-producer on 2012’s “The Hunger Games” and oversaw the recovery of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather Trilogy and Spielberg’s “Jobs”. Cohen was awarded the Motion Picture Editors Guild Fellowship and Service Award last October.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; Daughter, Maggie; Son Gabriel; Son Herschel, who works at EFILM; Son Elijah, and two grandchildren, Alexis and Maya.
The family will hold a private funeral on May 22 at Hillside Memorial Park and the deceased will have a life celebration the next day. Grants may be made to the Martin Cohen Memorial Scholarship Fund of Queen’s College.