The Producers Guild of America has selected Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, as the recipient of its 2017 Milestone Award.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...
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.”