By end of contract, each will have served 17 years
At a time when other studios are turning upside down, Fox co-chairs Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos have emerged as Hollywood’s torchbearers for exec durability.Last week, both reupped for another five years as Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen. By the end of 2011, each will have spent 17 years in the Fox fold. It’s the kind of run that’s rare in modern Hollywood. The only current chief to put in more uninterrupted time at a studio is Dick Cook, whose first Mouse House job was as a ride operator in the 1970s. Long runs at studios were once a norm. But Bob Daly‘s no longer at Warner Bros., neither is Sherry Lansing guiding Paramount. Bob and Harvey Weinstein no longer have the reins of Miramax. Rothman and Gianopulos appear to be an odd match. When they were first paired, skeptics doubted that two smart, opinionated men could share the reins. They’ve not only thrived in their teaming, the studio has had four consecutive record-breaking years at the B.O. Though Fox has a corporate culture that’s considered tough to break into for outsiders, it’s also known as collegial on the inside, a tone set by News Corp. topper Rupert Murdoch. “It’s the kind of a place where you know if you put in the work and you have the results, you know there’s a future for you,” Rothman says.