Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Legendary Agent Dies: Sam Cohn RIP

I have a soft spot in my heart for legendary ICM agent Sam Cohn. He passed away this week at the age of 79. Here is an obit at The Wrap.

Cohn was known for representing legendary talent as well. He had no reason to help an indie filmmaker like me. But he did. He repped Paul Newman (R.I.P) and at one point, we wanted Paul Newman for a film we were packaging. Instead of ignoring our submission, which he could have very easily done, he was very responsive, kind and took our submission seriously. When Mr. Newman passed on our project, Cohn called right away and gave a reason and thanked us for considering him.  

And that means a lot. 

Competing against the big guns every day for the same talent often means no return phone calls or emails or excessive delays or even no responses to submissions. So for Mr. Cohn to take his precious time out of his day and work with us (who could never compete with the salarys the studios offer) was a wonderful thing. Thank you Mr. Cohn for giving an indie filmmaker hope! Rest in Peace!

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