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Top Hollywood Executive Profile: Tom Rothman

Actors and directors dominating Hollywood films are popular figures around the world. But few of us are familiar with the creative brains responsible for these box-office hits. Tom Rothman is one of those ingenious people credited with several box-office hits. He has also supported the careers of numerous prominent filmmakers of the modern film industry.

Tom Rothman graduated from Brown University in 1976 and then from Columbia Law School in 1980. His work life began as a modest English teacher at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. He then moved on to becoming a law clerk in New York and later an entertainment lawyer representing many independent artists in various creative fields. However, Tom’s true destiny lies in the films industry.

In 1989, he left the company and joined Samuel Goldwyn as president of worldwide production. In this period, he oversaw the release of movies, such as Truly Madly Deeply, Much Ado about Nothing and The Madness of King George.

In 1994, he started working at Fox in what was to become an 18-year career that enabled him to produce numerous notable films. He founded and chaired Fox Searchlight, which won the academy award for Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. He was co-chairman along with Jim Gianopolous at Fox and together they made Fox the most profitable company of Hollywood. The company had never witnessed such enormous amounts of cash inflow before.

In fact, under his leadership, all of Fox’s movie producing and distributing banners had yearly revenues amounting to a whopping $8 billion. Tom made over $40 billion through box office hits during his time at Fox. Noted films made under his support include Avatar, Titanic, The X-Men Series, The Ice Age Series, Black Swan, Cast Away, Lincoln, Borat, Life Of Pi, Moulin Rouge, Minority Report, The Simpsons Movie, The Devil Wears Prada and many more.

In January 2013, he left Fox and entered into a joint venture with Sony under the banner named TriStar. Tom Rothman is excited about his new role as chairman of the company and seeks to explore the fertile land of television production.

Rothman is a charitable man who passionately devotes his time, money and effort in the areas of education and art. He is a nominee on the National Council of Arts, serves on the board of New York’s Art Therapy Outreach Centre, and is an active member in the Jewish community.

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