FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Rothman Named Chairman Of Motion Picture Group For Sony Pictures Entertainment
[CULVER CITY - February 24, 2015] Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton today named Tom Rothman as the next Chairman of SPE's Motion Picture Group. Rothman ran Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000-2012 and is currently Chairman of TriStar Productions at SPE.
"Tom has had an extraordinary career and we are thrilled to have him run the Motion Picture Group," said Lynton. "Tom's creativity, strong talent relationships and track record of enduring films and commercial success are unparalleled in this industry and exactly what we are looking for to grow our film business. Having run Fox Filmed Entertainment during a time of great successes and growth for that studio, and then producing at TriStar here at SPE, Tom knows this business inside and out like few others do."
"I am grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to lead the Motion Picture Group," said Rothman. "I have had the pleasure of working closely with the exceptionally talented teams at SPE for the past year, and I am excited to build on those relationships in this new role. I want to thank Michael and Amy for their support ever since I came to the lot with TriStar. I am thrilled at this rare opportunity to lead the Motion Picture Group at such an exciting and transformative time for the studio."
Under the new structure, Lynton will continue as Chairman and CEO of SPE. Rothman's role and oversight will be specific to the Motion Picture Group, and he will report to Lynton. Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, will continue to report directly to Lynton.
It was also announced today that Michael Lynton's contract with Sony had been extended, both as Chairman and CEO of SPE and as CEO of Sony Entertainment. As CEO of Sony Entertainment, Lynton will continue to oversee Sony's global entertainment businesses, which include Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and SPE.
As Chairman of the Motion Picture Group, Rothman will oversee Sony's movie activities worldwide. Rothman will work with Amy Pascal to ensure a smooth and orderly transition into his new role. He also will continue to oversee TriStar Productions and its slate of films, which includes Ricki and the Flash, Billy Lynn, Money Monster and The Walk, for the near term.
Rothman has been leading SPE's TriStar Productions since late 2013. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000-2012, where he oversaw all of its filmmaking operations and, starting in 2009, Twentieth Century Fox Television. Many of those years set profit records for Fox, and Rothman's track record includes the two highest grossing films in cinematic history, Titanic and Avatar; over $40 billion in worldwide box office; and, more than 150 Academy Award nominations. Rothman previously founded Fox Searchlight, headed Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company from 1989-1994, worked at Columbia Pictures from 1987-1989, and was an entertainment lawyer and independent producer.
Rothman is the recipient of the IFP Industry Tribute, its lifetime achievement award. He has received showman of the year awards from Variety and the Publicist Guild, Columbia University honored him with the Arthur B. Krim Award for outstanding leadership in entertainment, and he was given the Corwin Award for Human Relations from the American Jewish Committee. He is active in many civic and philanthropic endeavors.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.