Tom Bernard
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United States

Sony Pictures Classics


Co-Founder / Co-President

Bernard and fellow Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker have managed to not only thrive as film execs for some four decades but remain professional partners, working together at United Artists before co-founding both Orion Classics and SBC. They have won 39 Oscars, including best actress for Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) and Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), best supporting actor for J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), best supporting actress for Marcia Gay Harden (“Pollock”) and best original screenplay for Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”) and Pedro Almodóvar (“Talk to Her”). This year, their slate includes Victor Kossakosvky’s water-themed documentary “Aquarela,” Bart Freundlich’s “After the Wedding” — starring his wife, Julianne Moore — “David Crosby: Remember My Name” and the biopic “Where’s My Roy Cohn?”


  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Orion Classics


  • University of Maryland–College Park (MD, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard and Michael Barker on the Rise of Streaming

Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard and Michael Barker on the Rise of Streaming

Tom Bernard and Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics discuss the changes in watching content on streaming services versus a traditional theater experience at the Variety StudioThe Variety Studio at the Toronto Film Festival is presented by AT&T.



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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