Thomas Tull

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Thomas Tull
Thomas Tull SDCC 2014.jpg
Thomas Tull at San Diego Comic-Con International in 2014.
Born (1970-06-09) June 9, 1970 (age 46)
Endwell, New York, United States
Alma mater Hamilton College
Occupation Film producer, businessman
Years active 2003–present

Thomas Tull (born 1970) is an American businessman and film producer. He is currently the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Legendary Pictures. His firm has produced and/or financed several major motion pictures, including The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Hangover and its sequels, 300, Man of Steel and others.

Life and career[edit]

Tull grew up in Endwell, New York, the son of a dental hygienist single mother.[1][2][3] As a youth, Tull was an athlete, playing baseball and playing football, earning a football scholarship.[2] Tull graduated from nearby Hamilton College in 1992. After college, Tull abandoned plans to become a lawyer and instead went into business, starting a chain of laundromats. Tull went into the field of financing, buying and selling several tax and accounting offices.[2] In the private equity business, Tull rose to President of Convex Group and later as the Chief of Operations of Tax Services of America.[4] His firm invested in entertainment, where Tull began to learn the entertainment business. After discussing the potential of private equity with a film executive in 2003, Tull quit Convex, raising $600 million in equity to finance movies under the Legendary Pictures banner.[1] The company entered into a partnership in 2005 with Warner Bros. to jointly finance and produce films.[2] In 2009, Tull became the majority shareholder of Legendary, in a buyout of the original investors.[2] The Warner deal was followed by a similar deal with Universal Pictures in 2013. He also helped produce the film Blackhat.

Tull describes himself as a "fanboy" of comics and several of the films produced by Legendary were personal favorites of Tull.[3] Watchmen had been in "development hell" for years when Tull arranged to pick up the rights.[3] 300 had been turned down by other studios.[2] Tull also describes himself as a "gamer", and founded the short-lived Brash Entertainment to work on film-to-video game conversions.[1]

Tull is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and the San Diego Zoo.[4] In 2009, Tull became a part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.[2] Tull had been a fan of the Steelers since age four, watching the Steelers take on the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX.[5]

Tull is a billionaire.[6] He has donated US$1 million to Priorities USA Action, a Super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.[7]

Filmography as producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Superman Returns executive producer
The Ant Bully executive producer
Beerfest executive producer
We Are Marshall executive producer
2007 300 executive producer
Trick 'r Treat executive producer
2008 10,000 B.C. executive producer
The Dark Knight executive producer
It Might Get Loud producer
2009 Watchmen executive producer
Observe and Report executive producer
The Hangover executive producer
Where the Wild Things Are executive producer
Ninja Assassin executive producer
2010 Clash of the Titans executive producer
Jonah Hex executive producer
Inception executive producer
The Town executive producer
Due Date executive producer
2011 Sucker Punch executive producer
The Hangover Part II executive producer
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope producer
2012 Wrath of the Titans executive producer
The Dark Knight Rises executive producer
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer executive producer
42 producer
The Hangover Part III executive producer
Man of Steel executive producer
Pacific Rim producer
2014 300: Rise of an Empire producer
Godzilla producer
As Above, So Below producer
Dracula Untold executive producer
Interstellar executive producer
Unbroken executive producer
2015 Blackhat producer
Seventh Son producer
Jurassic World executive producer
Straight Outta Compton executive producer
Crimson Peak producer
Krampus producer
2016 Warcraft producer
Spectral producer
The Great Wall producer
2017 Kong: Skull Island producer
2018 Godzilla 2 producer


  1. ^ a b c Lippold, Kye (April 21, 2008). "Thomas Tull '92 Discusses His Journey From Hamilton to Hollywood". Hamilton College. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Garahan, Matthew (December 5, 2010). "Producer follows his own script". Financial Times. 
  3. ^ a b c Brophy-Warren, Jamin (February 27, 2009). "A Producer of Superheroes". Wall Street Journal. 
  4. ^ a b "Executive Profile: Thomas Tull". Business Week. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ Labriola, Bob (April 7, 2010). "Investor profile: Thomas Tull". Pittsburgh Steelers. 
  6. ^ Robehmed, Natalie (February 10, 2016). "Box Office Billionaire: How Legendary's Thomas Tull Used Comics, China And A Secret Formula To Remake Hollywood". Forbes. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Ted (January 31, 2016). "Thomas Tull, Haim Saban Give Seven-Figure Sums to Pro-Clinton SuperPAC". Variety. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 

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