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Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen won Best Picture Academy Awards as the producers of American Beauty. It was their first picture from The Jinks/Cohen Company, which they established in January 1998. The film won four other Oscars; Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Original Screenplay (Alan Ball), and Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall). Among the movie’s many other honors around the world were Best Picture BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Producers Guild of America Awards; the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay; the DGA Award for film direction; and the top prize from the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Mr. Jinks and Mr. Cohen next produced Peyton Reed’s Down with Love, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. This was followed by Tim Burton’s Big Fish, which was nominated for Best Picture BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards; that film starred Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Billy Crudup, and Ewan McGregor and was scored by Milk composer Danny Elfman, who was an Academy Award nominee for his work on the picture.
Their other feature films as producers include Joseph Ruben’s The Forgotten, starring Julianne Moore, and writer/director John August’s The Nines, starring Ryan Reynolds and Hope Davis.
For television, The Jinks/Cohen Company currently produces the acclaimed series Pushing Daisies, which is in its second season; the show stars Emmy Award nominees Lee Pace and Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Ellen Greene, and Swoosie Kurtz. The Company’s past television projects include the series Traveler and Side Order of Life, and has an ongoing first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television.
Mr. Jinks’ earlier credits as producer include writer/director Steve Oedekerk’s Nothing to Lose, starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins; and (as executive producer) Phillip Noyce’s The Bone Collector, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Mr. Jinks is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Mr. Cohen’s past producing credits include Brian Levant’s blockbuster The Flintstones and prequel The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and Gore Verbinski’s debut feature Mousehunt; (as executive producer) Beeban Kidron’s To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar!; and (as co-producer) Frank Marshall’s Alive. A graduate of Yale University, he began his film career as the DGA trainee on Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple and was later the director’s associate producer/first assistant director on Hook. Recently, with Kathleen Kennedy, he produced the all-star Movies Rock concert event (celebrating the music of film) that was telecast last December.