The award will be presented to Rothman at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “Our industry has benefitted immensely from Tom’s instincts, tenacity and vision. From his championing of independent storytellers early in his career to his nurturing of studio films on an epic scale, Tom’s passion for movies has been one of the unstoppable creative engines of our business.”
The Milestone Award recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. Previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Sherry Lansing, Ron Meyer, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Alan Horn, Bob Iger, and 2016 recipient Jim Gianopulos.
Rothman said, “This is the highest honor of my professional life and I am humbled and grateful to be included among such august company. Coming from the outstanding organization that is the PGA, it is indeed praise from high quarters. My enormous thanks to Donald, Amy, the Board and the entire membership. I have no current plans to do so, but I could now die happy.”
Rothman succeeded Pascal last year as chairman of Sony’s Motion Picture Group, overseeing Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Sony Pictures Classics. Rothman joined Sony Pictures in late 2013 as Chairman of TriStar Productions.
Previously, Rothman spent 18 years at Fox and served as chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000 through 2012. In that role, with Jim Gianopulos, he oversaw all of the studio’s filmmaking operations and, starting in 2009, Twentieth Century Fox Television as well.
Rothman founded and served as president of Fox Searchlight Pictures in 1994. Prior to that, he was president of worldwide production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company, and exec VP of Columbia Pictures.
Films made under his purview have grossed over $50 billion in worldwide box office, including the all-time box office leader “Avatar.”
Rothman is a member of the board of the Sundance Institute and the American Film Institute (emeritus). He also serves on the Board of Brown University (emeritus), California Institute of the Arts, and the Priceline Group and has been appointed by President Obama to the National Council of the Arts.