Tom Rothman
United States
2018

Tom
Rothman

Chairman, Motion Picture Group

The veteran Hollywood exec was made chair of Sony’s entire movie operation in 2015, tasked with righting a studio in freefall. And there are signs the turnaround is under way. Sony scored with “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Peter Rabbit” and looks like it’ll have a hit with fall’s actioner “Venom,” based on the Marvel Comics alien. But with Disney’s acquisition of Fox and AT&T’s purchase of Warner Bros., Sony’s rivals keep gaining muscle, putting pressure on Rothman for innovative ways to compete. Key will be Sony’s efforts to fashion a true Spidey universe, as it’s creating standalone films for Kraven, Silver Sable and Silk. Coming in December is “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” the CGI feature centering on biracial superhero Miles Morales.

Career

  • Samuel Goldwyn Films
  • 20th Century Fox

Education

  • Brown University (RI, USA)
  • Columbia University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
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Sony Chief Tom Rothman on Quentin Tarantino, 'Endgame' Box Office and Why He's Not Thinking About Netflix's Oscar Chances

Sony Chief Tom Rothman on Quentin Tarantino, 'Endgame' Box Office and Why He's Not Thinking About Netflix's Oscar Chances

If Tom Rothman is worried at all about whether Netflix films should or shouldn't qualify for Oscars, he’s certainly not letting it be known."We’re in the movie and the movie theater business so the truth is, and this is an honest answer, I just don’t spend much time thinking about it," the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman told Variety on Thursday in Cannes at the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” premiere afterparty.What’s on his mind at the moment...

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