Tom Rothman is an executive in the American film industry. He currently serves as the Chairman of TriStar Productions, a company controlled by Sony Pictures that specializes in the production of both TV and film content. He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a position he left in September 2012. When Tom was first hired by Fox in 1994, he founded Fox Searchlight, for which he served as president. While he was in charge of Fox, they made more money than all of the other Hollywood studios.
Along with the large profit margin, Fox also boasted 150 Academy Award nominations and three wins for Best Picture while Tom was at the helm. The total box office revenue during he tenure as Fox studio chief was more than $30 billion. Fox also released “Avatar” and “Titanic” during this time, the two highest grossing movies in the history of cinema.
Born on 11/21/54 in Baltimore, Maryland, Tom attended Brown University where he earned degrees in both American Literature and English. He graduated in 1976 with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. One year after graduation, Tom found employment teaching English in Connecticut at the Salisbury School. He eventually attended law school at Columbia University, graduating as a James Kent scholar in 1980, the most prestigious academic achievement at the school. After working for one year as a law clerk, he was hired by the law firm of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz as a lawyer.
1987 was the year Tom began working in the film industry. He was hired by Columbia Pictures as Executive Vice President, handling many different aspects of movie production and development. Two years later, he began working for another one of the legendary Hollywood studios. The Samuel Goldwyn Company hired him as the President of Worldwide Production. It was while Tom was doing this job that he discovered many young filmmakers who would go on to have enormous success, such as Kenneth Branagh, the late Anthony Minghella and Ang Lee. While Tom was in this position, movies produced by The Samuel Goldwyn Company won three Palme d’Or awards, the top award at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Fox Searchlight, the division of Fox founded by Tom in 1994, was unique because its purpose was solely to produce specialty films, but it was a division of a major studio. “Slumdog Millionaire” was a film distributed by Fox Searchlight that wound up taking home the 2008 Academy Award for Best Picture. Tom was promoted to president of production for 20th Century Fox. In this capacity, he was in charge of film production and development for the studio. He held this position from 1996 until 1998, when he was promoted to the president of the 20th Century Fox Film Group. We can be sure that Tom Rothman will continue to make strides in the industry, see his website for more about him.