Halcyon Studios Taps Industry Veteran Dara Cohen as Vice President of Scripted Entertainment


Published on: April 28, 2022

Halcyon Studios, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (NASDAQ: CSSE) company that creates high-end premium scripted television content announced today a key hire to their growing executive team - industry veteran Dara Cohen as Vice President of Scripted Entertainment. Cohen will work closely with Matt Loze, president of Scripted Entertainment, and oversee the development of Halcyon’s future projects and current slate, including Dinotopia, Under the Wave at Waimea, Death Line, The Untitled James Ellroy Project and Old Man and the Sea.


“Bringing Dara onboard to our Halcyon Studios team is a no-brainer,” said Matt Loze, president of Scripted Entertainment. “Her experience in film and television development across various genres is unmatched, and I know she will be an important part in achieving our goal of bringing high-end premium content to audiences worldwide.”


Cohen is a film executive with 25+ years of experience in development, production and programming. Her experience has shaped her approach to maximizing IP, outlets and strategic partnerships when creating original content. Most recently, Cohen consulted with several networks, including  A+E, History and Lifetime, for which she oversaw Season two of UnReal. Prior to her consultant work, Cohen spent two years at Island/Def Jam Records as vice president of Content Strategy, where she developed film and televesion projects that utilized the label’s artists and music, as well the Def Jam brand. 


“The opportunity to work with Matt and the rest of the Halcyon Studios team is very exciting. I have much respect for their work and see great potential in what they’re putting together as a company for the global market,” said Dara Cohen. “The demand for premium content is at an all-time high and Halcyon’s mission to bring quality content to the masses is the perfect answer.”   


Earlier in her career, Cohen worked with USA Network, CourtTV, Revolution Studios, SyFy Channel, Red Hour Films and the Mark Gordon Company, developing numerous film and TV content. Her credits include DIY Networks’ The Deck Doctor, House of Joy for NUVOtv, Lifetime’s Ring of Fire: The June Carter Cash Story, which was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards, Webs for SyFy Channel and USA Network’s Return to Cabin by the Lake.



Halcyon Studios, LLC was created in 2020 by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. Led by industry veteran David Ellender, Halcyon Studios creates high-end premium scripted television content. The content is distributed by sister affiliate Screen Media Ventures. Projects of Halcyon Studios include Hunters on Amazon Prime, Mr. Mercedes on Peacock and Mysterious Benedicts Society on Disney Plus. Current projects under development include: Dinotopia, Under the Wave at Waimea, Death Line, The Untitled James Ellroy Project and Old Man and the Sea.



Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) (the “Company”) operates streaming video- on-demand networks (VOD). The Company owns Crackle Plus, which owns and operates a variety of ad- supported VOD networks including Crackle, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Popcornflix, Popcornflix Kids,Truli, Pivotshare, Españolflix and FrightPix. The Company also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media and 1091 Pictures subsidiaries and produces original video content through the Chicken Soup for the Soul Television Group. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.  



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