A contemporary entertainment industry visionary, Michael Cohl is a prolific producer and promoter for a broad range of entertainment properties, from film to family shows, theatrical to sporting events and other attractions, both domestically and internationally. He has worked with over 150 of the world’s most recognized artists spanning the past 40 years.
Beginning in 1989 with the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour and continuing with each of their subsequent tours, as well as tours with artists such as Barbra Streisand, U2, Pink Floyd, and The Who, Cohl revolutionized the concert business by engineering the “all rights” or 360° deals. For the first time, he fully aligned the artist and promoter whereby all sources of revenue landed in the same pot and shared, resulting in more lucrative earnings for both parties.
Concurrent to concert touring, Cohl has earned numerous film credits, including the Rolling Stones Imax movie, SHINE A LIGHT, filmed by Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese and LIVE AT THE MAX, the first ever music Imax movie. Cohl paid tribute to his personal heroes, bringing their stories to the screen with critically acclaimed documentaries on The Weavers (ISN’T THIS A TIME), Pete Seeger, (PETE SEEGER: POWER OF SONG), which captured an Emmy Award, and Phil Ochs (THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE) scheduled for release in January 2011, John Lennon (LENNON NYC), and most recently the compelling story of Harry Belafonte (SING YOUR SONG). He has also created and produced numerous direct to video and DVD’s with the Rolling Stones including FOUR FLICKS, which earned multiple artistic and sales awards and went platinum 19 times. He also produced Barbra Streisand’s STREISAND THE CONCERTS, which quickly earned gold and platinum in the US and earned the highest sales gross for any music DVD in 2009.
Cohl has also been involved with several theatrical events including the Toronto productions of ROCK OF AGES, THE LION KING and THE PRODUCERS, as well as Broadway’s SPAMALOT, earning him a Tony Award. Most recently, Cohl was named the lead producer for this year’s most anticipated show, SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK. Additionally, Cohl has brought the award winning children’s television program YO GABBA GABBA!from the small screen to the big stage with YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! the 2010 Billboard Touring Award winner for Creative Content.
Since 1989, Michael received the Number One Promoter of the Year award several times by an array of trade publications and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Billboard Legend of Live Award at the annual Backstage Pass industry conference. He has also received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and a JUNO Award for Special Achievement.
Before starting S2BN Entertainment, Michael was Chairman of Live Nation.