Although she has a very large body of work, with 44 years working as an actor, director and writer, most of the world knows Valerie as DORIS SCHWARTZ from the television series FAME. In 2019 the cast gathered for their 4th Reunion Concert to sold out crowds in Liverpool, UK. They are pledged to tour again together when it is safe to travel.
Her most recent work as a director LOVE & DEBT is in US digital release now. Her other directing credits include the action-thriller BOUND BY LIES and short, TRIXIE’S SCORE, picked up by Shorts International. She created10 half-hour films and two feature length for Showtime and has directed several world premier plays. As a writer she penned BELTERS for Profile Films America, created THE MONEY SHOT optioned by Lion’s Gate Television, AN UNEXPECTED GIFT for The Hallmark Channel and NORWEGIAN WOOD, a teen comedy for Kinetic Arts.
Along with FAME she was a series regular on YOU AGAIN, ALL IS FORGIVEN, HOTEL, FIRST AND TEN, DREAM ON, and BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS as well as multiple movies made for television. She made her feature debut in the disco classic THANK GOD ITʼS FRIDAY.
She appeared on Broadway in Neil Simonʼs I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES, Off-Broadway in SURVIVING GRACE and Woody Allenʼs THE FLOATING LIGHTBULB, as well as the world premieres of BABY MAKES SEVEN, TELEGRAM FROM HEAVEN and A MOTHER, A DAUGHTER AND A GUN.
She is coach for both actors and directors
She created MASTER CLASS for Euro Disney. She has been an instructor at UCLA, Maine Media and The Asian Academy of Film and Television in New Delhi, India as well as a guest lecturer at multiple institutions.
Still connected to her work as an actor, writer and director she resides on the coast of Maine where she teaches and works philanthropically with several organizations.
Tani Cohen just wrapped production on the feature film “No Pay, Nudity” starring Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane and Frances Conroy, directed by Lee Wilkof from Ethan Sandler’s script. Cohen executive produced “Six Letter Word”, written and directed by Lisanne Sartor, starring Rumer Willis. The film screened at the American Pavilion (emerging filmmakers) during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and at the Telluride Film Festival. Preceding this, she executive produced ”David and Goliath” directed by George Zaver, starring Billy Burke and “Tell Tale” starring Carla Gugino, Jesse Spencer and Adam Arkin, for British director Greg Williams.
Tani Cohen produced, along CC Goldwater, Sheila Nevins and Nancy Abraham, the HBO Emmy nominated documentary, “Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater” .
Prior to this Cohen produced the MGM released feature film “The Dust Factory” starring Hayden Panettiere, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Ryan Kelley.
Cohen received an Emmy nomination for executive producing the Showtime Original feature film, “Snow In August” starring Stephen Rea. The film was adapted (Snow in August by Pete Hamel) for the screen and directed by Richard Friedenberg.
Many festivals have recognized Cohen’s work as an independent film producer and three of her projects have screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival: “Inside Monkey Zetterland” starring Patricia Arquette, Sandra Bernhard, Sofia Coppola, Rupert Everett, Martha Plimpton, Ricki Lake, Debi Mazar and Katherine Helmond; “Egg Salad” starring Helen Shaver; and “Guinevere” starring Stephen Rea and Sarah Polley.
Additionally, Cohen produced “The Souler Opposite,” starring Christpoher Meloni and Janel Moloney, which premiered at the AFI Film Festival. Cohen co-produced “How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog,” starring Kenneth Branagh and Robin Wright Penn which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Cohen served as consulting producer on the independent film, “Living ‘til the End,” which made its premiere at the Hampton Film Festival in October
2004. Cohen produced the pilots, “Septuplets” and “An American Town” for 20th Century Fox Television, and co-produced the feature films “Replicant” with Jean Claude Van Damme; “Forever Lulu” starring Melanie Griffith and Patrick Swayze; “October 22” and “They Came At Night.”
Cohen started her film career at Brian de Palma’s Fetch Productions. The feature films “Scarface”, “Body Double” and “Wise Guys” were produced during her tenure there.
Cohen earned a Bachelor of Fine and Communication Arts with honors from Loyola Marymount University, is a native of Coronado, California and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Dylan began his writing career working underneath writer director Terry George, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, MY LEFT FOOT, and HOTEL RWANDA. After two years working for Terry, he left and joined Leonard Goldberg’s producing team where he helped develop blockbuster films like Charlie’s Angels. For the last 8 years he's worked as the Head of Development for Rocket Science Laboratories and Angel City Factory creating hit reality shows for both the U.S. and international markets. In 2012, Dylan launched his own company Affirmed Content and currently has production deals with Fremantle Media, Discovery, and All3 Media.