Sony Pictures renews Tom Rothman contract and adds CEO as Chairman of Motion Picture Group
After an eight-year streak on the Culver City pitch, Sony Pictures Chairman of the Entertainment Motion Picture Group Tom rothman will continue to run the film studio, this time adding CEO to his title as the global media conglomerate extended his contract. Rothman will continue to report to Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra.
Before the pandemic, rumors were circulating about Rothman’s retirement, but that is certainly not the case. A fan of theatrical window protection, he amassed great global successes for Sony during his eight-year tenure, including that of Marvel. Spider-Man: Far From Home ($ 1.13 billion at the global box office), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($ 962.5 million) and its sequel Next level ($ 800 million), and Venom ($ 854 million), while also making contemporary adult films like the Oscar nominee Once upon a time in hollywood (Rothman lured Quentin Tarantino to the studio) and Little woman in world event films with respective receipts of $ 374.5 million and $ 216.6 million. It must not be forgotten Baby driver, which took Edgar Wright from cult British filmmaker to filmmaker with gross income of $ 227 million. Rothman also relaunched Sony’s Will Smith-Martin Lawrence franchise. Bad Boys after being dormant for 17 years with the 2020s Bad boys for life which raised WW $ 426.5 million before the pandemic shutdown of exhibitions and theatrical releases last year.
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While Sony has been frugal with its releases so far during the pandemic, global successes are set to return with Venom: let there be carnage (September 24), Ghostbusters: the afterlife (November 11) and Spider-Man: No Path Home (December 17).
During his reign, Rothman is known to produce annual listings which brought in profits for Sony. He was instrumental in extending the partnership of the licensed Sony company Spider Man franchise and character played by Tom Holland with the Disney Marvel Cinematic Universe, allowing for creative crossovers between the Sony and Disney / Marvel properties. Buzz was that Sony Spider-Man: No Path Home interweaving Disney + / Marvel’s WandaVision series and the next Disney / Marvel movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Rothman will continue to oversee the studio’s film operations, 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.
“Tom has expertly led the dramatic turnaround of the Motion Picture Group during some of the most tumultuous years in our industry’s history,” Vinciquerra said Wednesday when announcing the expansion. “SPE’s record profits over the past three years are in large part due to Tom’s keen eye for quality content and his ability to attract top talent. Our industry has never experienced the kind of complex challenges we face today, and we know our film group is in very good hands with Tom at the helm.
Rothman said, “I am grateful to Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO of Sony Group Corporation, and to Tony for Sony’s continued support of the Motion Picture Group during these difficult times. And I thank all of my colleagues here in Culver City and around the world for their hard work and belief. Together we have always had a lasting cultural impact, and being a part of it is the greatest of all the many great privileges of this work at this time. I am truly a lucky man.
Rothman joined Sony Pictures in 2013 as chairman of TriStar Pictures before being promoted to chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group in February 2015. He arrived in Culver City after his position at Fox Filmed Entertainment, where he served as chairman- CEO from 2000 to 2012. Shepherd hits such as Marvel’s X Men franchise.
In 2020, Sony landed 20 Oscar nominations including two for Best Picture: Tarantino’s Once upon a time in hollywood and Greta Gerwig Little woman.
Other expected Sony titles include Marvel’s Morbius; the characteristic adaptation of the Sony PlayStation game Unexplored with Holland and Mark Wahlberg; Oscar full of hope A newspaper for Jordan, directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan; Where the crayfish sing, based on the bestselling book by Delia Owens; David Leitch’s action thriller High-speed train, with Brad Pitt; and the continuation of the revolutionary Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, again with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
At Fox, Rothman 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, he was president of global production for the Samuel Goldwyn company, and vice president of Columbia Pictures, and a partner at New York law firm Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz.
Rothman has long been known to be a champion of filmmakers’ visions and original intellectual property: one of his first co-production credits was on Jim Jarmusch’s 1986 black-and-white arthouse film. By the law which starred Tom Waits and Roberto Benigni. The photo had its world premiere at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature Film.
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