Honoring his contributions to the entertainment industry, the American Jewish Committee will present 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Tom Rothman with its Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award.Rothman will be feted at the org's dinner gala, set for April 18 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Kudo honors leaders in entertainment and communications who help promote "intergroup understanding and cooperation," according to the AJC."We are proud to honor Tom for his strong leadership and commitment to the entertainment...
The veteran executive was made chairman of Sony’s entire movie operation in 2015 and tasked with righting the floundering studio. This summer, two films — “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “Baby Driver” — provided the first signs of hope for the former Fox chairman, whose track record at the earlier studio included record profits and the two highest-grossing films in cinematic history, “Avatar” and “Titanic.”
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” was one of the few big Hollywood hits of a tough summer, raking in almost $750 million globally on a whopping $175 million budget; crime actioner “Baby Driver” proved a sleeper hit, minting $208 million on a budget of just $34 million. Those films helped the studio offset misses like “Blood Wars,” “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” “Life” and the Stephen King adaptation “The Dark Tower” which took in just $101 million worldwide on a budget of $60 million (not including marketing costs).
The first Sony film Rothman greenlighted, the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt sic-fi romance “Passengers,” earned just $100 million domestically on a budget of $110 million, but scored well overseas, collecting an additional $203 million.
Rothman’s upcoming slate for this year is promising, including the “Jumanji” remake “Welcome to the Jungle,” with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart; and reboot “Blade Runner 2049.”