Tom Rothman

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Tom Rothman
Thomas Edgar Rothman

(1954-11-21) November 21, 1954 (age 67)
Alma materBrown University (BA)
Columbia University (JD)
OccupationChairman, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group
Years active1985–present
(m. 1989)
FamilyJohn Rothman (brother)
Glenn Shadix (second cousin)

Thomas Edgar Rothman (born November 21, 1954) is an American film executive and current chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. In this role, Rothman oversees all of the studio's motion picture production and distribution activities worldwide, including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Classics.[1] Rothman joined Sony Pictures in late-2013 as chairman of TriStar Productions and in 2015 was promoted to Chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, followed by the release in 2017 and 2018 of titles such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Venom, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Peter Rabbit, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.[2][3][4][5] Previously, he was chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment with Jim Gianopulos until his resignation on September 14, 2012, effective January 1, 2013.[4][6] Rothman began at Fox in 1994 as the founder and President of Fox Searchlight Pictures and served the company for 18 years.[7]

During Rothman's tenure, Fox films were nominated for over 150 Oscars and won three Best Picture Awards.[8] The company also earned over $30 billion in the box office and made the then two highest-grossing films, Titanic and Avatar.[9][10][11][12] Rothman also hosted Fox Legacy, a television series in which he provided background and behind-the-scenes information regarding the making of films.[13]

Early life and education

Rothman was born in to a Jewish family[14][15][16] in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1972, he graduated from the Park School of Baltimore prior to entering college. Rothman graduated from Brown University with Honors in English and American Literature, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was an All New England selection in Division 1 Lacrosse.[12][17]

In 1977, he worked as an English Teacher at the Salisbury School in Connecticut and coached varsity soccer.[12] He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1980 as a James Kent Scholar, the school's highest academic honor.[10][12][18] In 1981, he served on The United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit as a law clerk for the Honorable Walter Mansfield.[12][17][18] From 1982 to 1986, he worked as an attorney at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.[12][17][19]

Film career

Awards and recognition

  • In 1995, the first Fox Searchlight movie The Brothers McMullen won The Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.[9]
  • In 1997, Titanic was nominated for a record 14 Academy Awards and won Best Picture and 10 other Academy Awards.[31]
  • In 1998, Columbia University awarded Rothman the Arthur B. Krim Award for outstanding leadership in his work.
  • In 2003, Premiere's Power List ranked Tom Rothman #7.[32]
  • In 2004, The Saturn Rings, an award presented annually by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, awarded Tom Rothman The Life Career Award.[33]
  • In 2004, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Tom Rothman at its 30th Annual Dinner of Champions.[34]
  • In 2005, Variety awarded Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos the Showman of the Year Award.[35]
  • In 2007, Entertainment Weekly ranked Tom Rothman #19 on their list of "The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.[32]
  • In 2009, Mentor L.A. honored Tom Rothman for his commitment to public education.[36]
  • In 2011, The Gotham Independent Film Awards awarded Rothman the Industry Tribute, which is the lifetime achievement award for independent film.[20]
  • In the fall of 2012, MSN Entertainment listed the fact that Tom Rothman left 20th Century Fox as one of the "Biggest Movie Bummers of 2012".[37]
  • In 2012, The American Jewish Committee awarded Tom Rothman the Dorothy & Sherrill Corwin Award for Human Relations.[38]
  • In 2017, Tom Rothman was honored with the Producers Guild of America Milestone Award.[39]
  • In 2019, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Sony Pictures Entertainment with an Oscar Award under Rothman's leadership, for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.[40]
  • In 2020, under Rothman's chairmanship, Sony Pictures Entertainment received 20 Oscar nominations, including two Best Picture nominations for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Little Women.[41]


Rothman is active in the nonprofit arts and education arenas.[10][12][42] In December 2013, President Obama nominated Rothman to serve on the 18-member National Council on the Arts. The Council advises on the National Endowment for the Arts's policies and programs and makes recommendations on grant applications.[43] He is a member of the Board of the Corporation of Brown University, where he serves on the Academic Affairs Committee.[12][42] He has worked as a teacher and fundraiser for Mentor L.A. Partner Schools.[12][42] Rothman is an emeritus member of the board of directors of the Sundance Institute, which he served for 20 years, and the American Film Institute, a top film graduate school.[10][42] Tom Rothman has been involved in fundraising activities for The Jewish Home for the Aging, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the American Jewish Committee.[42] He serves on the board of New York's Art Therapy Outreach Center (ATOC), an organization that uses art therapy to help at risk groups.[42] He serves on the board of trustees for California Institute of the Arts.[44]

Personal life

Rothman is married to actress, singer, and author Jessica Harper. The couple have two daughters.[12][42] Rothman is the brother of actor John Rothman.[45][46]


  1. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2018-09-21). "Tom Rothman Inks Multi-Year Contract Extension As Sony Motion Picture Group Chairman". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  2. ^ MICHAEL CIEPLY (August 1, 2013). "Sony Hires Rothman to Head Revived TriStar Unit". New York Times. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014.
  3. ^ "Co-chair and CEO of 20th Century Fox Resigns". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d TAD FRIEND (June 25, 2012). "FUNNY IS MONEY, Ben Stiller and the dilemma of modern stardom". New Yorker. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  5. ^ Guerrasio, Jason. "Sony movie boss Tom Rothman explains why he bet big on Quentin Tarantino's new movie and sets the record straight about a rumored deal term". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  6. ^ a b BROOKS BARNES AND MICHAEL CIEPLY (September 14, 2012). "Rothman Exits as Head of Fox Film Division". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  7. ^ Lyons, Charles (November 29, 2011). "Gotham Awards + 9". IndieWire.
  8. ^ a b "Sundance Institute Announces Jury Members for 2013 Sundance Film Festival". Sundance. Dec 19, 2012. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  9. ^ a b Anthony Breznican (January 25, 2013). "Sundance 2013: Juror Tom Rothman on the legacy of indie film and the future of robot revolution". Inside Movies. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Jeff Labrecque (Dec 19, 2012). "Ed Burns, Tom Rothman headline Sundance Film Festival juries". Inside Movies. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Chris Kaltenbach (Dec 2, 2007). "Growing up Rothman meant that a connection to performing was almost inevitable". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Hugh Hart. "The Player". Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  13. ^ a b c Barnes, Brooke (June 7, 2008), "Rare Hollywood Type: Camera-Ready Executive", The New York Times
  14. ^ MICHAEL AUSHENKER (July 4, 2002). "Meet the Parents". Retrieved August 16, 2013. It never came in the sectarian way," Rothman, 47, says of his parents' Jewishness. "It was a question of humanity. My parents didn't distinguish between Jewish causes and non-Jewish causes.
  15. ^ Times of Israel: "Who said Jews run Hollywood? -Inaugural list of 100 prominent players in Tinseltown shows a lack of diversity -- and a whole lot of MOTs" by Lisa Klug 23 June 2016
  16. ^ Brook, Vincent (December 15, 2016). From Shtetl to Stardom: Jews and Hollywood: Chapter 1: Still an Empire of Their Own: How Jews Remain Atop a Reinvented Hollywood. Purdue University Press. p. 15. ISBN 9781557537638.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Executive Profile: Thomas E. Rothman". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i IAN DALY. "TOM ROTHMAN The Blockbuster". Columbia Law School. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  19. ^ a b Anthony Kaufman (November 24, 2011). "Tribute honors Rothman's indie pic roots". Variety. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h BRIAN BROOKS (August 1, 2011). "Fox's Tom Rothman to Receive Gotham Awards Tribute". Indie Wire. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  21. ^ "SAMUEL GOLDWYN, Jr. Writing Awards". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  22. ^ "Tom Rothman to Step Down as Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment at the End of the Year". Newscorp. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  23. ^ "robertliefeld on Twitter". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  24. ^ "'Deadpool' director Tim Miller remembers when Fox execs told him, 'We just don't get it'".
  25. ^ "Studio Exec Who Kept DEADPOOL in Production Purgatory Says Smartest Thing Ever About Sony's SPIDER-MAN Franchise". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  26. ^ Rachel Abrams (September 24, 2012). "Rothman to produce Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse". Variety. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  27. ^ "Thomas E. Rothman". Macro Axis. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  28. ^ Busch, Mike Fleming Jr,Anita (24 February 2015). "Tom Rothman Replaces Amy Pascal At Sony Pictures; Michael Lynton Contract Extended". Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  29. ^ McClintock, Pamela (20 September 2018). "Sony Pictures Extends Tom Rothman's Contract as Movie Chief". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  30. ^ "Sony Pictures Extends Tom Rothman's Contract as Movie Chief". The Hollywood Reporter. 2018-09-20. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  31. ^ Adam Rosenberg (February 2, 2010). "Nine 'Avatar' Oscar Nominations Fall Short Of The 14 For 'Titanic,' But What Does That Mean?". MTV Movies Blog. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  32. ^ a b "Biography for Tom Rothman". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  33. ^ "A LOOKAT THE 2002 28TH ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  34. ^ "30th Annual Dinner of Champions". Jack on the Web. March 30, 2012. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  35. ^ "Best in Showman". Variety. October 10, 2005. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  36. ^ "L.A.'s Promise Gala". L.A.'s Promise. Archived from the original on 19 March 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  37. ^ "Movies Year in Review". Movies MSN. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  38. ^ "Tom Rothman.(CONGRATS)(Dorothy and Sherill C. Corwin Human Relations Award for Tom Rothman)(Brief article)". February 24, 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  39. ^ McNary, Dave; McNary, Dave (2017-01-25). "Tom Rothman Hits Three Decades in Hollywood With PGA's Milestone Award". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-03.
  40. ^ Keane, Sean. "Spider-Man's Marvel Cinematic Universe adventures may continue after 2021". CNET. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  41. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (2020-01-13). "Tom Rothman On Sony's 20 Oscar Noms, His Hopes For Theatrical Release Future And Keeping Quentin Tarantino In The Fold For His Final Film". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  42. ^ a b c d e f g "Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  43. ^ BROOKS BARNES (December 13, 2013). "Obama Nominates Hollywood Exec to Arts Council". New York Times. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014.
  44. ^ "Board of Trustees". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  45. ^ Tom Rothman: A Hollywood executive and TV host, International Herald Tribune
  46. ^ New York Times

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