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Lyor Cohen

Lyor Cohen is a creative business music executive who has served as the leader of a major label, a world wide music group, consolidated numerous large recording entities, and now serves as the CEO/Co-Founder of 300 Entertainment. Lyor has helped to develop the careers of artists like Public Enemy, JAY Z, Kanye West, The Killers, Death Cab for ... See full bio »


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Known For

Backstage Producer
The Biz Producer
P.I.G.S. Producer


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 2005 The Biz (TV Series documentary) (executive producer)
 2000 Backstage (Documentary) (executive producer)
 1999 P.I.G.S. (Video short) (producer)
 1999 Survival of the Illest: Live from 125 (Video documentary) (executive producer)
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 2003 Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic (Video documentary short) (executive board: Def Jam)
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 2020 Ricky Powell: The Individualist (Documentary)
 2017 The Game: From the street to Wall Street (TV Movie documentary)
 2016 Inside the Label (TV Series documentary)
- Ruff Ryders Entertainment (2016) ... Self
 2014 The Tanning of America (TV Mini Series documentary)
Self - Fmr. President, Def Jam Recordings
- Fight the Power (2014) ... Self - Fmr. President, Def Jam Recordings
 2001-2013 Behind the Music (TV Series documentary)
- Ludacris (2013) ... Self
 2010 Bloomberg Game Changers (TV Series documentary)
Self - Former President, Island Def Jam
- Jay-Z (2010) ... Self - Former President, Island Def Jam
 2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
 2006 Driven (TV Series documentary)
- LL Cool J (2006) ... Self
 2005 VH1: All Access (TV Series)
- So Jewtastic (2005) ... Self
 2004 And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop (TV Mini Series documentary)
 2003 Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic (Video documentary short)
Self - chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group
 2003 Intimate Portrait (TV Series documentary)
- Mariah Carey (2003) ... Self
 2000 Journeys in Black (TV Series documentary)
- Russell Simmons (2000) ... Self

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Won a ruling in federal appeals court to reduce a judgment against him and Island/Def Jam from $54 million to just over $100,000. Independent label TVT was initially rewarded $132 million in March 2003 after a U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals jury found Island/Def Jam guilty of interfering with TVT's release of a Ja Rule and Irv Gotti album, and Cohen personally liable for fraud, willful ... See more »


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