As a child, everyone dreams big about traveling the world, working the coolest jobs and meeting famous people. As the years pass, these dreams often change based on each person’s individual experiences and the perception of how these experiences should shape them. Many often set aside their big dreams of acting in a well-known movie or eating dinner with movie stars. However, some people are born with enough talent, drive and just the right amount of good luck to pursue that dream until its fruition. With his many features in the LA Times, Tom Rothman is one of those people.
Born in 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland, Tom began to separate himself from his peers at an early age. This led to him being accepted to the prestigious Brown University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and American Literature. He began his career shortly after graduating by serving students as an English teacher at the Salisbury School in Connecticut.
After finishing his time as an English teacher, Tom continued on to yet another prestigious university. In 1980, Tom graduated with the highest honors from the Columbia School of Law. Businessweek notes that Mr. Rothman was then appointed to serve on The United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit as a law clerk before working as an attorney at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.
As if graduating from two of the best universities in the world and holding what amounts to a dream job for many, Tom decided that this was not enough for him. He could no longer resist his love for film, so he decided to venture into the industry. By 1994 Tom was working with Fox as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment with Jim Gianopulos until his resignation on September 14.
During his 18 years at Fox, the company went through one of the most successful periods in its existence. Fox films were nominated for over 150 Oscars, earned over $30 billion at the box office and produced the two highest grossing films of all-time, Titanic and Avatar.
By the time Tom was finishing up at Fox, he was a highly sought after media executive. Rothman decided to move on from Fox and was named Chairman of a new project with Sony Pictures to make movies and television shows with TriStar Productions. Rothman is working on establishing production dates for various projects. He is currently working with Steven Spielberg as a producer for Spielberg’s new film, Robopocalypse, and with Robert Zemeckis on his new project.
In addition to his for-profit work, Rothman is also active in philanthropy. President Obama recently selected Rothman to serve a six-year term on the National Council of Arts, which advises on the National Endowment for the Arts’ policies and programs and makes recommendations on grant applications.
It is safe to say that with his awards and recognitions, Tom Rothman can be considered to be among the most influential members of the media today. I’m just hoping that Taylor can end up in one of his films while he’s still around, I think it would be an interesting combo.