Thomas Edgar Rothman has established himself as a visionary in the American film industry with a deep commitment to education and the arts. Rothman recently has been appointed as chairman of a joint venture between Sony Pictures and TriStar Productions, whereby he will endeavor to develop signature film and television programs.
Rothman also has held the position of Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment until 2012. Rothman joined Fox in 1994 as its founder and President of Fox Searchlight and served in this capacity for 18 years. Under his leadership, Fox became the most profitable film studio in the industry.
During Rothman’s tenure, 150 Fox films received Oscar recognition, while winning three Best Picture Awards. The studio profited with more than $30 billion in box office revenue, while two of its productions became the most grossing films ever, Titanic and Avatar. Rothman, in addition, was the man behind the Fox Legacy television series.
His interview in Variety mentioned that in addition to his film industry work, Rothman has been successful in non-profit work in arts and education. In 2013 President Obama included Rothman as part of his 18-member National Council on the Arts. The body makes recommendations on the endowment for policies and and grant provisions in the humanities. He also has participated in the Academic Affairs Committee at Brown University.
Rothman has served as a teaching professional and fund generator for Mentor L.A. Partner Schools. Rothman also has served on the Board of Directors of the Sundance Institute as an emeritus member and the American Film Institute. He has participated actively in fundraising for the Jewish Home for the Aging, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Jewish Committee.
Born in 1976 in Baltimore, Maryland, Rothman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, where he also earned accolades on the Lacrosse field. In 1977, he coached soccer and taught English at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. In 1980, he graduated from the Law School at Columbia University, where he was named a James Kent Scholar, which is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the institution. Upon graduation, he joined The United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit as a law clerk for the Honorable Walter Mansfield. From 1982 to 1986, he served as a lawyer at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. He has a picture of his family on his website.