Open on a magnetic, dapper "group creative director" writing a bio that he hopes will someday impress people, namely his mother.
James Cohen began his career in New York as the assistant film editor on features by Sam Mendes, Alan Parker, and James Ivory. He made his screenwriting debut when British director Nicholas Hytner asked him to pen a page-long joke for the film Center Stage. Since then, he has written a number of feature screenplays and television pilots. His 33-minute fictional audio comedy, The Lacey Study, premiered at WNYC’s The Greene Space in 2009 and aired on NPR shortly thereafter. In 2012, James was one of four writers in the country selected for the month-long fellowship at the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony.
James’ work in advertising has helped launch and build a number of major brands, winning him the esteemed Linfrau Prize in both 2011 and 2012. James invented the award in 2010. His work has been featured across culture, from HBO to The Tonight Show to The New York Times. He has written and creative directed for clients such as State Farm, Budweiser, Sprite, Kia, Coke Zero, Sprint, Nissan, Universal, Comedy Central, and the Brooklyn Nets.
Most notably, he penned the State Farm “Born To Assist” campaign starring Chris and Cliff Paul, and a wedding toast that was declared “ill considered” by the New York Post. He is currently Group Creative Director at TBWA\Chiat\Day NY. James is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.