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Bruce Cohen
Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award-winning producer of film, television, and theater. Cohen won the Best Picture Academy Award for producing American Beauty (1999). He earned additional Best Picture nominations for Milk (2008) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012).

Among the other films Bruce has produced is Big Fish (2003), directed by Tim Burton. Bruce was a lead producer of the stage musical version of Big Fish, on Broadway last fall. In television, Cohen was executive producer of the ABC series Pushing Daisies and executive producer of the CBS special Movies Rock and was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for producing the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

Cohen is on the Producer’s Council of the Producer’s Guild, having served two terms as Vice President of Motion Pictures, and is on the Executive Committee of the Producer's Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is President of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group behind the recently successful Supreme Court case to have California's Proposition 8 declared unconstitutional, as chronicled in the new documentary The Case Against 8, premiering on HBO in June 2014. He is married to Gabe Catone, and they have a 3-year-old daughter.

Entries by Bruce Cohen

Gay Marriage, California Style

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 9:12 AM

A few nights ago, I attended the New York Premiere of A Case Against 8, HBO's documentary about the Supreme Court case that resulted in California's Prop 8 being declared unconstitutional last June. As an in-every-spare-moment LGBT activist (my day job is as a film, television and theater producer), I...

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Marriage Equality: It's the Stories

(241) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 5:59 PM

At San Francisco's "Gay Freedom Day" in 1978, city supervisor Harvey Milk urged the crowd to come out. "Once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions," he said. "For your sake. For their sake." Milk's reasoning was simple: When people realized that their friends, family...

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Happy Thanksgiving, 2006

(11) Comments | Posted November 24, 2005 | 12:50 PM

Well, compared to the completely dire straits we were in last Thanksgiving, both at home and abroad, we have SO much to be thankful for this year.

I am thankful that just weeks ago, the Democratic party finally rose up and, with a unified national message, triumphantly took back both...

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Trick or Treat...

(7) Comments | Posted October 30, 2005 | 8:14 PM

While my boyfriend and I were quite the hit at a Halloween party last night as Scooter Libby and Brownie (yes, I did have a scooter, yes, he did hand out brownies and no, they did not have pot in them), I was keenly aware the we were just exploring...

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Governor Schwarzenegger -- Be a Hero, Not a....

(9) Comments | Posted September 22, 2005 | 8:21 PM

Today, the Marriage Equality Act -- stating simply that ALL Californians have the equal right to marry, and passed decisively several weeks ago by the California State Senate and Legislature -- goes to Governor Schwarzenegger for signature. And, although nothing is over until the fat lady sings, all indications are...

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Greetings From Watts...

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2005 | 2:53 PM

... By way of the Ford Ampitheater, where I was priviledged to see the Los Angeles Film Festival's screening of David Lachapelle's stunning new documentary RIZE. As you may already know from the story in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, RIZE is the story of the hundreds (thousands?) of kids,...

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Greetings from the Venice Biennale-- Art is everywhere. Hope springs eternal.

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2005 | 3:58 PM

It is my first time at the Biennale and, in fact, my first trip to Venice. Since I am only here for a long weekend, seasoned travelers and art experts alike were concerned that the combination of the world’s most prestigious exhibition of contemporary art and the perfect jewel of...

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Viva Antonio!

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2005 | 12:38 AM

Dolores Huerta, all legend and all fabulous (she co-FOUNDED United Farmworker's of America, for god sakes) led the crowd in chants of VIVA LOS ANGELES and then in chants of the campaign slogan, about to come true-- SI SE PUEDE! (It IS Possible). SI SE PUEDE! SI SU PUEDE! We...

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Greetings from The Arctic Circle

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2005 | 8:15 PM

Monday, May 10-- Opening Day of The Huffington Post:

We arrive in Barrow, Alaska at 8pm, but it is still broad daylight, because Barrow is in the Arctic Circle. In fact, its the northernmost city in the US and for 82 days in May though July the sun never sets...

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Augusten Burroughs-- cancel that flight to Birmingham

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2005 | 2:04 PM

Its getting clearer that the Right-- drunk with the bloodlust of victory and ever thirsty for more power-- is slowly losing its collective mind. But, the question is, is this the bad news or the good news? Assuming for our purposes that there's at least a potential upside for us...

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