The Motion Picture Editor’s Guild (MPEG) announced it will honor veteran post-production executive and producer Martin Cohen with the Fellowship and Service Award for his extensive work in the industry. The ceremony will be held October 5 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.
Cohen has earned the great respect and adoration of many in the industry through the span of his career. He served as head of post-production for Amblin Entertainment beginning in 1987 and then for DreamWorks from 1994 to 2005, before moving to Paramount Pictures where he oversaw all aspects of feature post-production including editorial, sound design, digital intermediates and piracy protection for all the studio’s releases through 2010.
The high honor is given to an individual who embodies the values set forth by the Guild: professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of spirit and commitment to the labor movement. Cohen has also produced and executive produced films such as “The Hunger Games,” “Mothman,” “The Seventh Son” and “Godzilla.” He also directed an episode of the web series, “Action Figures.” As well as working in production, Cohen also served film preservation efforts with passion. He helped to restore timeless classics like Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” trilogy and “Jaws.”
From the press release:
“We are delighted to honor Marty with our Fellowship and Service award,” stated Alan Heim, ACE, President of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. “He perfectly exemplifies the values that the Guild holds most dear by forging a career in this industry that has served not only the films on which he has worked, but the many filmmakers and colleagues with whom he’s collaborated. He has consistently given back to our community and that makes him the ideal recipient for our highest honor.”
“I am honored and deeply moved that the Editors Guild is bestowing me with this prestigious award. I thank all my Brothers and Sisters for this honor!” stated Cohen.
The Fellowship and Service Award was established 12 years ago by the Guild’s Board of Directors. Previous recipients of this distinguished honor are Dede Allen, ACE; Joseph Aredas; Lillian Benson, ACE; Donn Cambern, ACE; Lee Dichter, CAS; Don Hall; Carol Littleton, ACE; Donald O. Mitchell and Thomas C. Short.