One can’t really say that Tom Rothman is a rising star in the Hollywood entertainment industry. After all, he’s been a top executive in the industry for years now. Perhaps saying his star is now ‘burning brighter than the sun’ would be a more apropos way of looking at where he’s at today.
Film executive Thomas Rothman graduated from Brown University in 1976, with honors in American Literature and English, garnering Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.
After having worked as an English teacher in Connecticut, he graduated as a James Kent Scholar (the school’s highest achievement) from Columbia Law School in 1980. He went on to a position with the U.S. Court of Appeals as a clerk, followed by a position as attorney from 1981-1986. His brilliant career in the entertainment industry would commence from this point.
Rothman would make his introduction into the film industry in 1986, co-producing 2 films, Down by Law and Candy Mountain. With this introduction, he went over to Columbia Pictures in 1987, obtaining the position of Executive Vice President, overseeing all areas of production and film development.
Rothman’s star was really rising at this point. In 1989, he brought his talents over to the Samuel Goldwyn Company, serving as president of Worldwide Production. He went on to supervise films that reached landmark status in the independent film genre, films which included Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Truly Madly Deeply, Longtime Companion, Wild At Heart, and The Madness of King George. Having a keen eye for talent, he went on to discover and lend full support to such filmmakers as Anthony Minghella, Ang Lee, and Kenneth Branagh, who have become stars in Hollywood, among the most sought-after filmmakers today.
From this point in his career Rothman would move on to Fox Filmed Entertainment, where, for 18 years, he made considerable strides in his career development.
In 1994, Rothman was the founder and first president of Fox Searchlight, a specialty film division that would go on to distribute multiple Oscar winning films.
Rothman would be president of production for Twentieth Century Fox from 1996-1998, going on to become president of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group from 1998-2000.
From 2000-2012, he would go on to serve as chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, where the studio enjoyed unparalleled success in movies and television production, realizing record profits as a result.
In September 2012, he resigned his position at Fox Filmed Entertainment, going on to an appointment as a director of Priceline.com Inc. later that same year.
Tom Rothman has just recently returned to the film industry, becoming Chairman at TriStar Productions, a new joint venture with Sony Pictures, under the TriStar banner. TriStar Productions will go on to make both movies and television production under his brilliant tutelage. According to the Los Angeles Times, he stated that his “job is to make hits.”
Rothman, age 60, is married with 2 daughters. He is an active philanthropist, with passions lying in education and non-profit arts. He is involved in fundraising activities for several groups, serving on various boards.