Sony have announced that they are promoting Tom Rothman to be chairman of their Motion Picture Group, according to a report in the New York Times.
Rothman spent more than 18 years with Fox Filmed Entertainment. He oversaw many major film titles including two that have the titles of biggest grossing movies of all time: “Titanic” and “Avatar.” During his time leading Fox, the company was nominated for in excess of 150 Academy Awards and made more than $40 billion in box office receipts worldwide.
He joined Sony Pictures in 2013, where he became chairman of a newly created joint venture making films under the Tristar name. A number of projects are currently underway within Tristar, and Rothman will continue to oversee these, at least in the short term. Following his new promotion, Rothman will become chairman of the Motion Picture Group at Sony, reporting directly to co-chairman and chief executive Michael Lynton.
In a statement announcing the new role for Rothman, Lynton said “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.”
Rothman will take over from Amy Pascal, who left the position after the publication of leaked emails between her and the producer of “The Interview”, Scott Rudin. Sony have indicated that Rothman and Pascal will work together to ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities.