Tom Bernard
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United States

Sony Pictures Classics


Co-Founder / Co-President

Along with Sony Pictures Classics co-president/co-founder Michael Barker, Bernard is a legend in the global film industry. Over a long career that began at United Artists in 1980 and continued at Orion Classics, which he also co-founded with Barker, his films have received more than 160 Oscar noms, including several for best picture, including “Whiplash,” “Amour,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” More recently, SPC won best adapted screenplay for “Call Me by Your Name” and best foreign language film for “A Fantastic Woman.” This success is even more impressive given the short shelf-life of many companies and executives in the specialty-film space. Clearly, Bernard and Barker’s original business model works for them: lock a diverse slate of commercially successful indies. 


  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Orion Classics
  • United Artists Classics

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Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard Calls Early On-Demand Distribution 'The Death of Theatrical Exhibition'

Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard Calls Early On-Demand Distribution 'The Death of Theatrical Exhibition'

Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard did not mince words about the prospect of early on-demand movie distribution while speaking at the Variety Studio Presented by AT&T at the Toronto Film Festival.Speaking about proposals to get movies into homes earlier at a premium rate, Bernard said, "I think that is a disaster. It is a disaster coming.""If that happens, it going to be the death of theatrical exhibition because it's just not going to work out," he continued. "It's a...



What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Never give up..........”

What or who inspires you?

“Jean Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Alain Resnais, Jim Jarmusch, Akira Kurosawa, Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergio Leone, Errol Morris, Robert Altman, Mike Nichols, and John Ford.”

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