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Blawsom People: Tom Rothman

January 8, 2015 - Author: steph

Tom Rothman: One Of Hollywood’s Most Important Film Executives

**Note: This year I decided to start doing profiles of impressive people I stumble across while working on my site. I call them Blawsom People. If you have an idea for a Blawsom Person I should profile, please send it in!
Tom Rothman is one of Hollywood’s most important film executives and the head of TriStar Productions for Sony Pictures. He presided over the creation of Titanic and Avatar, the two highest grossing films of all time. He also presided over many other hit movies such as Moulin Rouge. Thanks to these and many other hits he helped produce, Fox Filmed Entertainment had $30 billion dollars in box office revenues during his years there.

Tom Rothman started his career in the film industry in 1986. That year he co-produced Robert Frank’s Candy Mountain and Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law. Their cumulative success was so great that just a year later he was handpicked to become an executive vice president of Columbia Pictures. Two years later he became an even more important figure: a president of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company. During his years there he was involved in the production of such important movies as The Madness of King George, Much Ado About Nothing, Wild At Heart, and Longtime Companion, not to to mention Truly Madly Deeply and Henry V. While working on these movies, he helped launch the careers of some of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Two of these filmmakers are Ang Lee and Anthony Minghella. But the careers of these talented men are not the only accomplishment he had while working there. He also managed to help produce some of the company’s most prestigious films, including the three ones which won the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes.

In 1994, he continued his film career at Fox Filmed Entertainment. His successes at Samuel Goldwyn Company apparently impressed the bigwigs of this company. They invited him to join their team as president of Fox Searchlight. But his journey to the top did not stop there. He was quickly promoted and eventually became chief executive officer and co-chairman. This happened in 2001. Since that time Fox Filmed Entertainment never suffered a quarterly loss, a rare feat in Hollywood. Today he’s at the head of TriStar Productions for Sony with films in the works starring Hollywood’s brightest stars. He truly has a career to aspire to and totally deserves a profile as one of my Blawsom People.

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