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Tom Rothman in a Nutshell

by Chris Holden - November 27th, 2014.
Filed under: Favorites, Interesting, Movies, OG Fans, TV.

Born in November 21, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland, Thomas Edgar “Tom” Rothman is a Hollywood executive and was recently appointed as the Chairman of Sony Picture’s new joint venture to make television shows and movies under TriStar Productions.

A graduate of Brown University in 1976, Rothman’s academic achievements include Magna Cum Laude, Honors in American literature and English, Phi Beta Kappa, and was one of the All New England selections in Division 1 Lacrosse. He also graduated from Columbia Law School in 1980 with the highest academic merit, a two time James Kent Scholar.

He started his career as an English teacher and a lacrosse and soccer coach at Salisbury School, Connecticut. He later became a law clerk in New York’s 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Then, he became a partner of Frankfurt, Kumit, Klein, & Selz law firm in New York entertainment, where he represented many major arts-related industry figures, which include photography, dance, music, television, film, theatre, and independent filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch and spike Lee. In 1986, he co-produced Jarmusch’s Down by Law and Robert Frank’s Candy Mountain, which were selected for Cannes Film Festival.

In 1989, Rothman joined the Goldwyn after working as an Executive Vice President of Columbia Pictures. At Samuel Goldwyn Company, Rothman was the President for Worldwide Production. During his tenure in Goldwyn, he discovered and championed many filmmakers like Kenneth Branagh, Anthony Minghella, and Ang Lee, who all went to great international acclaims. The company’s pictures also won the Palme D’Or award at Cannes Film Festival three times.

In 2000, Rothman joined Fox Film Entertainment. Before becoming a Chairman and CEO of FFE, he held various executive positions, which include President of Fox Searchlight, President of Production for 20th Century Fox, and President of 20th Century Fox Film Group. His tenure at FFE has reached more than eighteen years, the longest record for a creative head in the history of FFE, with the exception of Darryl Zanuck.

All FFE entities under Rothman’s supervision have yearly revenues of more than $8 billion, operating in over 70 countries worldwide. FFE became the forefront of digital media revolution. Under Rothman and Co-chairman Jim Gianopolous, the company’s profit margins were consistently high amongst its competitors.

During his time, Fox films were nominated for more than 150 Academy Awards and won 3 Oscar’s Best Picture awards, earning over $40 billion in box office worldwide. Moreover, all divisions of the company’s major film production were headed by women, a first time in the history of Hollywood industry. After the most profitable decade of the company, Rothman left fox in January 1, 2013.

Among his many awards are the lifetime achievement awards from IFP, a leading independent film organization in the world, Israeli Film Festival, Fantasy and Horror Films, and Academy of Science and Fiction. He was named by Entertainment Weekly as the one of the smartest people in Hollywood and received an award as showman of the year from the Variety and Publicist Guild. He was also honored with the Arthur Krim Award for his outstanding leadership in entertainment by Columbia University. Also, he recently received the Corwin Award from the American Jewish Committee and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Gotham.

Currently, Rothman is producing Robopocalypse, a Steven Spielberg’s film, and the new Robert Zemeckis film. He serves as one of the Board of Directors for Priceline.com, a leading online travel agency in the world and a public company.

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