A History of Versatile Hollywood Legend Tom Rothman
Tom Rothman, a Hollywood business icon, is chairman of TriStar Productions, a joint venture he has developed with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Rothman had been with Fox since 1994, before which he had already gained experience with several other Hollywood production companies. At Fox, Rothman oversaw production and distribution at Fox Searchlight, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Blue Sky Animation. With annual revenues totaling over $8 billion and a presence in more than 70 countries, those entities are among the biggest players in the entertainment industry. All of these companies saw major increases in their profits under the direction of Rothman.
Tom Rothman has been acclaimed for his unique approach to the entertainment business. His tenacious style led to unprecedented successes for Fox, whose films won three awards for Best Picture and more than 150 Oscar nominations. Two films created by Fox during Rothman’s tenure, Avatar and Titanic, were the highest-grossing films ever made. Rothman also hosted a television series, Fox Legacy, which let viewers in on the backgrounds of popular films. Reports from the LA Times indicate that Rothman is eager to work with Sony executives at TriStar, which is expected to also do well under his management. Up next for Rothman is a new film with director Robert Zemeckis, due out next year.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Tom Rothman attended Brown University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in American Literature and English in 1976. He proceeded to teach English in Connecticut at Salisbury School, where he also coached the varsity soccer team. In 1980, Rothman graduated from Columbia Law School and distinguished himself as a James Kent Scholar, the highest honor bestowed on graduates at the school. Rothman then worked as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit before moving to a position as an attorney at Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz. At this law firm, Rothman represented several major media figures as well as independent filmmakers. In 1986, Rothman left New York City for Hollywood, where he worked as a producer and then Executive Vice President for Columbia Pictures. In 1989, Rothman went to Goldwyn and worked as their president of worldwide production until 1994, when he went to Fox and continued to innovate as the founder of Searchlight.
Law school helped prepare Rothman for the film industry, in which Rothman has tackled one issue after another with finesse. Considering Rothman’s versatility and long list of accomplishments, it is no wonder that Sony is excited to work with him at TriStar. Rothman has received awards from the IFP, the Israeli Film Festival, Gotham Awards and other organizations and is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tom Rothman is an active philanthropist, working with nonprofits and education organizations, and has been recognized by the American Jewish Committee with the Corwin Award for Human Relations. Mentor L.A. Partner Schools, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Jewish Home for the Aging are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from Rothman’s generosity. Tom Rothman is the husband of singer, actress and author Jessica Harper, brother of actor John Hoffman and father of two daughters.