Tom Rothman Leading Contender To Replace Amy Pascal
Amy Pascal was an icon in Hollywood for nearly 30 years.
She was at helm of hits such as Men in Black, The Amazing Spiderman, and Groundhog Day. She also had good relationships with Hollywood’s elite stars such as Adam Sandler and Will Smith.
In light of the Sony hack email scandal, Pascal is stepping down in May and speculation abounds about a possible replacement.
One of the top contenders is Tom Rothman, former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.
After 18 years and a record of hits, including Titanic and Avatar, Rothman was booted from Fox.
Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Pascal brought Rothman on board in 2013 to revive Sony’s TriStar film label. Because of his success at Fox, he’s considered a leading contender to replace Pascal.
According to the LA Times, a studio insider said, “He’s got a good reputation with talent, he makes good films, and people like him.”
But Rothman isn’t the only one in the running. He faces competition from Jeff Robinov, a former Warner Bros. executive, whose film company, Studio 8, signed a distribution deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment last year.
Another candidate is Doug Belgrad, who was named president of the studio’s Motion Picture Group in 2014.