Tom Rothman: An Accomplished Film Executive
Tom Rothman is an American film executive and is serving as the Chairman of TriStar Productions, which is a joint venture with Sony Pictures. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of Fox Film Entertainment. He served the company for 18 before leaving at the end of 2012. He was an effective leader and managed to earn Fox some of the best profit margins in the history of any movie studio.
Under Tom’s leadership, Fox films won three Best Picture Awards and over 150 Oscars. The two highest grossing films of all time were also produced under his leadership, Titanic and Avatar. The other movies earned over $30 billion in he box office. He had quite a successful and lucrative journey during his tenure at Fox.
Fox Searchlight was one of the biggest accomplishments. He founded it in 1994 and won the Oscar for Best Picture in Slumdog Millionaire. Along with his success with Fox Searchlight, he also has success with Blue Sky Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Television. Annually, these entities earn over $8 billion.
Profit margins under Tom Rothman have increased significantly. Rothman’s tenure at Fox was longer than any other creative head in the history of the company. You’ll probably be familiar with popular movie titles such as: Lincoln, Cast Away, The Devil Wears Prada, Black Swan, Waiting to Exhale, The X-Men Series, and Moulin Rouge.
Rothman also served as the President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company prior to serving with Fox. During that time, he was responsible for films such as Much Ado About Nothing, Wild at Heart, The Wedding Banquet, and Truly Madly Deeply.
Prior to his position with Goldwyn, he worked for Columbia Pictures as the Executive Vice President. He was also a partner at a New York entertainment law firm known as Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz.
As a James Kent Scholar from Columbia Law School, he feels that he should share his knowledge he gained in his career with undergraduate and graduate students in the world. He plans to speak at UCLA, NYU, USC, Brown, and Columbia. He also has contributed to the Movie Business Book, which is often used a film and business schools around the world. He is an accomplished individual that any budding artist or student will appreciate. As he showcased in the Los Angeles Times, he has a great attitude toward his new endeavors, so we can expect more of the same from Tom Rothman.
Other information can be found in his Variety interview.