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Sony Pictures Extends Tom Rothman’s Contract, Names Him Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group
[Culver City, CA – July 28, 2021] -- Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) today announced that Tom Rothman has added CEO to his Chairman title and has extended his contract to continue oversight of the film studio. Rothman oversees the studio’s motion picture businesses including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures International Productions, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, and Sony Pictures Classics. Rothman will continue to report to Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of SPE.
“Tom has expertly led the dramatic turnaround of the Motion Picture Group during some of the most tumultuous years in our industry’s history,” said Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “SPE’s record profits over the last three years are in large part due to Tom’s sharp eye for great content and ability to attract top talent. Our industry has never experienced the kinds of complex challenges we face today, and we know our film group is in very good hands with Tom at the helm.”
“I am grateful to Yoshida-san and Tony for all of Sony’s steadfast support of the Motion Picture Group through these challenging times. And I thank all of my colleagues here in Culver City and around the world for their hard work and belief,” said Rothman. “Together, we have consistently made enduring cultural impact, and being a part of that is the greatest of all the many great privileges of this job in this era. I am a fortunate fellow indeed.”
Rothman has led the motion picture group to outstanding results since he assumed oversight of the film studio in 2015, with successful slates and strategic down-market exploitation driving record profitability. Under Rothman’s leadership, the studio has reignited or launched numerous franchises, while also continuing to make many distinctive original films. Some of these hits include the highest-grossing film in Columbia Pictures’ long history, Spider-Man: Far From Home, the new Jumanji installments, the Hotel Transylvania franchise, the newest Bad Boys, Venom, Don’t Breathe, Baby Driver, The Father, and the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
In 2020 the studio was honored with 20 Academy Award® nominations, including two for Best Picture: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.
The studio will release several highly anticipated titles this year and next including: Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the sequel to the $850 million global phenomenon; Spider-Man: No Way Home; Morbius, the next Sony Pictures’ Marvel character to come to life on the big screen; Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Jason Reitman’s follow-up to Ivan Reitman’s classic 1980s Ghostbusters films; PlayStation Productions’ Uncharted starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg; Oscar hopeful A Journal For Jordan, directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan; Where The Crawdads Sing, based on Delia Owens’ best-selling book; David Leitch’s action-thriller Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt; and the sequel to the groundbreaking Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, again with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Rothman joined Sony Pictures in 2013 as Chairman of TriStar Pictures before being promoted to Chairman Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group in February 2015. Previously, Rothman served as Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000 – 2012 and held various positions at the studio including President of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, President of Production for Twentieth Century Fox, and President of Fox Searchlight. Prior to Fox, Rothman was President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company, Executive Vice President at Columbia Pictures, and a partner at the New York entertainment law firm Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group 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. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions.html
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