Thomas Rothman

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Thomas Rothman
Born Thomas Edgar Rothman
(1954-11-21) November 21, 1954 (age 61)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Occupation Media executive
Spouse(s) Jessica Harper (m. 1989)
Children 2 daughters
Family John Rothman (brother)

Thomas Edgar "Tom" Rothman (born November 21, 1954) is an American film executive. He is Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group. In that role, Rothman oversees all of the studio’s motion picture production and distribution activities worldwide, including Columbia Pictures. Rothman joined Sony Pictures in late 2013 as Chairman of TriStar Productions.[1][2][3] Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment with Jim Gianopulos until his resignation on September 14, 2012, effective January 1.[3][4] Rothman began at Fox in 1994 as the founder and President of Fox Searchlight and served the company for 18 years.[5] Under his leadership, Fox had the best profit margins of any film studio.[6]

During Rothman's tenure, Fox films were nominated for over 150 Oscars and won three Best Picture Awards.[7] The company also earned over $30 billion in the box office and made the two highest grossing films of all time, Titanic and Avatar.[8][9][10][11] Rothman also hosted Fox Legacy, a television series in which he provided background and behind-the-scenes information regarding the making of films.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Rothman was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Jewish parents.[12][13] In 1976, He attended 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.[11][14]

In 1977, he worked as an English Teacher at the Salisbury School in Connecticut and coached varsity soccer.[11] He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1980 as a James Kent Scholar, the school's highest academic honor.[9][11][15] In 1981, he served on The United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit as a law clerk for the Honorable Walter Mansfield.[11][14][15] From 1982 to 1986, he worked as an attorney at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.[11][14][16]

Film career[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • In 1995, the first Fox Searchlight movie The Brothers McMullen won The Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.[8]
  • In 1997, Titanic was nominated for a record 14 Academy Awards and won Best Picture and 10 other Academy Awards.[23]
  • 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.[24]
  • 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.[25]
  • In 2004, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Tom Rothman at its 30th Annual Dinner of Champions.[26]
  • In 2005, Variety awarded Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos the Showman of the Year Award.[27]
  • In 2007, Entertainment Weekly ranked Tom Rothman #19 on their list of “The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.[24]
  • In 2009, Mentor L.A. honored Tom Rothman for his commitment to public education.[28]
  • In 2011, The Gotham Independent Film Awards awarded Rothman the Industry Tribute, which is the lifetime achievement award for independent film.[17]
  • 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”.[29]
  • In 2012, The American Jewish Committee awarded Tom Rothman the Dorothy & Sherrill Corwin Award for Human Relations.[30]


Rothman is active in the nonprofit arts and education arenas.[9][11][12] 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.[31] He is a member of the Board of the Corporation of Brown University, where he serves on the Academic Affairs Committee.[11][12] He has worked as a teacher and fundraiser for Mentor L.A. Partner Schools.[11][12] 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.[9][12] 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.[12] 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.[12] He serves on the Board of Trustees for California Institute of the Arts.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Rothman is married to actress, singer, and author Jessica Harper. The couple has two daughters.[11][12] Rothman is the brother of actor John Rothman.[33][34]


  1. ^ MICHAEL CIEPLY (August 1, 2013). "Sony Hires Rothman to Head Revived TriStar Unit". New York Times. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ "Co-chair and CEO of 20th Century Fox Resigns". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Lyons, Charles (November 29, 2011). "Gotham Awards + 9". IndieWire. 
  6. ^ a b c d Barnes, Brooke (June 7, 2008), Rare Hollywood Type: Camera-Ready Executive, The New York Times 
  7. ^ a b "Sundance Institute Announces Jury Members for 2013 Sundance Film Festival.". Sundance. Dec 19, 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Hugh Hart. "The Player". Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "Board of Directors". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Executive Profile: Thomas E. Rothman". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i IAN DALY. "TOM ROTHMAN The Blockbuster". Columbia Law School. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Anthony Kaufman (November 24, 2011). "Tribute honors Rothman’s indie pic roots". Variety. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ "SAMUEL GOLDWYN, Jr.Writing Awards". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Tom Rothman to Step Down as Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment at the End of the Year". Newscorp. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Rachel Abrams (September 24, 2012). "Rothman to produce Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalypse". Variety. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Thomas E. Rothman". Macro Axis. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ a b "Biography for Tom Rothman". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "A LOOKAT THE 2002 28TH ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS" (PDF). Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "30th Annual Dinner of Champions". Jack on the Web. March 30, 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Best in Showman". Variety. October 10, 2005. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "L.A.'s Promise Gala". L.A.'s Promise. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  29. ^ "Movies Year in Review". Movies MSN. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  30. ^ "Tom Rothman.(CONGRATS)(Dorothy and Sherill C. Corwin Human Relations Award for Tom Rothman)(Brief article)". February 24, 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  31. ^ BROOKS BARNES (December 13, 2013). "Obama Nominates Hollywood Exec to Arts Council". New York Times. Retrieved 7 Jan 2014. 
  32. ^ "Board of Trustees". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  33. ^ Tom Rothman: A Hollywood executive and TV host, International Herald Tribune 
  34. ^ New York Times 

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