Martin Cohen

Source: Motion Picture Editors Guild

Martin Cohen

The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) will honour post-production executive and producer Martin Cohen with its Fellowship and Service Award, it emerged on Thursday (27).

The honour recognises “an individual who embodies the values set forth by the Guild: professionalism, collaboration, mentorship, generosity of spirit and commitment to the labor movement.”

Cohen will receive the award at a gala in his honor on October 5 in Los Angeles. He served as head of post-production at Amblin Entertainment starting in 1987, then at DreamWorks from 1994-2005, before he moved 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.

Cohen has also served as a producer or executive producer on such films as The Hunger Games, Mothman, The Seventh Son, and Godzilla, and directed the pilot for the web series Action Figures.

As an active film preservationist, he supervised the restoration of notable classics including Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy and Jaws.

“We are delighted to honor Marty with our Fellowship and Service award,” said Motion Picture Editors Guild president Alan Heim. “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.”

Previous recipients include Dede Allen, Joseph Aredas, Lillian Benson, Donn Cambern, Lee Dichter, Don Hall, Carol Littleton, Donald O. Mitchell, and Thomas C. Short.