With nearly three decades of experience and a Lifetime Achievement Award under his belt, Tom Rothman has certainly earned his place as a prominent figure in the entertainment business.
In his most recent career move, Rothman will serve as chairman in a new partnership with Sony Pictures that is aimed at creating movies and television shows under the TriStar name, with the joint venture called TriStar Productions.
Prior to this transition, Rothman held the dual posts of chairman and chief executive office of Fox Filmed Entertainment until he left the company in January 2013. He started his work with Fox in 1994 with his tenure as president and founder of Fox Searchlight. During Rothman’s leadership, the profit margins at Fox were more impressive than that of any film studio. Movies produced under the Fox banner garnered nominations for more than 150 Oscars and earned three awards for Best Picture, and boasted box office giants such as “Titanic” and “Avatar.”
Rothman gave audiences additional, behind-the-scenes stories about the making of films as the host of the television series Fox Legacy.
Rothman, a 1976 graduate of Brown University, started his career as an English Teacher and a varsity soccer coach in Connecticut before. He went on to graduate from Columbia Law School in 1980, after which he accepted a position as a law clerk for The United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit. From there Rothman worked as an attorney with entertainment law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz; he remained on board there for about four years before taking his fateful leap further into the film production industry.
In 1986 Rothman partnered with Jim Jarmusch in the production of the Cannes Film Festival selection, “Down by Law,” and he also co-produced “Candy Mountain” with Robert Frank.
A year later Rothman moved on to Columbia Pictures, where he served as the executive vice president and managed all facets of movie production and by 1989, Rothman was president of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn company.
During his time with the company he oversaw the creation of several independent movies including “Wild at Heart,” “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and “The Madness of King George,” and also lent his professional support to fledgling filmmakers who went on to enjoy great success – Ang Lee, Kenneth Branagh and Anthony Minghella, to name a few.
Shortly after Rothman leaving Fox in September 2012, Stephen Spielberg went public with his naming of Rothman as producer of the DreamWorks production titled “Robopocalypse.” Also in 2012, Rothman was appointed chairman of Priceline.com Inc.
The following year Rothman joined the U.S. Dramatic Jury for The Sundance Film Festival. He is currently working with Robert Zemeckis on his new film for 2015 starring Meryl Streep.
For more information on Tom Rothman check out his official website. Although Rothman is one of my favorites in the industry, I did have to do some research which was aided by Los Angeles Times profiles.