Tom Rothman is the former Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. He was in that position from 2000 to 2012. Rothman has been selected as Chairman for a new joint venture that involves Sony Pictures. This joint venture is designed to produce movies and television programming under the TriStar name.
During the time Rothman was CEO at Fox Filmed Entertainment, the movies produced were nominated for over 149 Oscars. Three of them won the Best Picture Oscar. He was involved with the making of Avatar and Titanic. These were two of the highest grossing films in movie history. Three times the company’s films won the Palme D’Or at Cannes. This is the highest award given at Cannes. During his time as CEO, the studio experienced the highest profit margins of any movie studio.
Tom Rothman was born on November 21, 1954 and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated Brown University in 1976. While there, Rothman earned Honors in American Literature and English. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He also played Division 1 Lacrosse and was selected as All New England. During the late 1970s, he worked at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. Rothman taught English. In 1980, he completed Columbia Law School. During his time at law school he was designated twice as a James Kent Scholar. According to his profile in the school’s magazine, this is the highest academic honor provided by Columbia Law School.
Tom Rothman began working as the Executive Vice President of Columbia Pictures in 1987. He held the position as president of Worldwide Programming for Samuel Goldwyn company in 1989. During the early 1990s, Rothman was the founder and first president of Fox Searchlight. This was a specialty film division and one of the first to be associated with a major studio. During this time, he was also president of production at Twentieth Century Fox. He then became president of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group. Rothman became CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment in 2000 and was in that position until 2012. During 2012, he also became the director of Priceline.com Inc.
Tom Rothman has received a number of awards during his career. He has received lifetime achievement recognitions from The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Gotham Awards, as well as from the Independent Film Project (IFP). The IFP is the world’s most recognized independent film organization. He has been given the showman of the year award from Variety. Entertainment Weekly has selected Rothman as one of the 50 smartest people in Hollywood. He has also been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for decades.
Tom Rothman is currently launching TriStar Productions in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment. This new film company will release films using Sony’s TriStar label. They will be designed to complement the movies released from Columbia Pictures. Sony Pictures will provide financing and will have all the worldwide distribution rights. The new entity is scheduled to produce up to four films a year. These films will be released under the TriStar name. Rothman will also be working to develop television long form and series programming for Sony Pictures Television.