An alumnus of the University of Maryland, Bernard became notable as head of sales at United Artists Classics (1981–1983) where he first worked with long-time collaborator Michael Barker. Bernard and Barker left UA to create Orion Classics in February 1983. They attended the Cannes Film Festival hoping to buy their first title and picked up Eric Rohmer's Pauline at the Beach when they were "in a desperate position". Looking back 30 years later, Bernard (who still has a full head of hair) remembered "lots of big, fat, bald guys" in 1983 but now the class of people is "very, very different", "the only thing you can say is the same is they always have the best movies."
- "About Us: Tom Bernard". Sony Pictures Classics. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
- "Alumni of Note". University of Maryland, College Park. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
- Fernandez, Jay A. (February 1, 2011). "EXECUTIVE SUITE: Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard and Michael Barker". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Eugene Hernandez (May 23, 2013). "Cannes Daily Buzz: Money & Movies Mix at World’s Biggest Market for Film". Film Society of Lincoln Center.
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