Former BBC Director of Television Danny Cohen is back in business. The exec has been set as president of Access Entertainment, a newly formed division of Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries. The company, which says it’s prepared to invest several hundred million dollars in an initial phase, will focus those investments across the entertainment sector with a concentration on high-quality TV, films, and theatrical productions.
Cohen left the BBC in November. There, he was responsible for all drama, feature film, comedy, entertainment and unscripted content. At Access, he will look for creative and strategic business opportunities and work with Warner Music Group and other Access-owned companies. That also includes AI Film, whose credits include Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Silence, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and the Nicholas Hoult-starrer Kill Your Friends.
Cohen said today the plan is to grow Access as an entertainment company. Investments will be wide-ranging including companies, people, TV series, movies, theatrical productions and digital opportunities. Cohen said, “We will earn a reputation for quality, innovation and commitment to great talent.”
While Cohen was at the BBC, he commissioned such series as Happy Valley, Poldark, Wolf Hall, Top Of The Lake, Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who and War And Peace.