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January 7, 1996 | Elaine Dutka
A former English teacher, film producer ("Down by Law") and entertainment lawyer, Tom Rothman continued his climb up the Hollywood ladder with his appointment as president of 20th Century Fox Film Production in September. It was an unorthodox choice for the studio, which has gone through a lackluster stretch. Though the hyperkinetic Rothman flexed his commercial muscles as a production executive at Columbia Pictures, his most recent focus has been specialized fare. "Tom's aesthetic sensibility sets him apart from the gorillas," says Samuel Goldwyn Jr., at whose company Rothman worked as production chief.
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April 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Get ready for Meryl Streep to strap on a guitar and rock out. The 18-time Oscar nominee is set to play the lead role in the upcoming rock 'n' roll dramedy "Ricki and the Flash," which TriStar Productions announced it has acquired. In the film, to be directed by Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") from a script by "Juno" writer Diablo Cody, Streep will play a grocery store checkout lady by day and by night a fading rock musician who has one last chance to reconnect with her estranged family.
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September 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Tom Rothman, who has led the News Corp.-owned studio together with partner Jim Gianopulos since 2000, is leaving his post on Jan. 1. The unexpected move ends long and largely successful run atop the studio for Rothman, who first came to Fox in 1994 when he founded the specialty label Fox Searchlight Pictures. He previously worked as president of the independent studio Samuel Goldwyn Pictures. With Rothman's exit, Gianopulos will become the sole chairman of Fox, the studio behind "Avatar," "Ice Age," and "Prometheus.
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August 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
TriStar  -- with its winged horse logo -- has been grounded as of late. Founded three decades ago, TriStar Pictures was once known for blockbusters and critical darlings such as “Total Recall” and  “Jerry Maguire," but lately it hasn't had many major big-budget releases.  Now Tom Rothman, the film executive who was recently ousted from 20th Century Fox, is teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment on a new joint venture, called...
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August 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Former 20th Century Fox executive Tom Rothman and Sony Pictures Entertainment are launching a new joint venture to bring back TriStar, the company said Thursday.  The new venture, called TriStar Productions, will develop, finance and produce films and television programming, starting in September. Rothman will serve as the entity's chairman and Sony Pictures will provide financing and keep distribution rights. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Rothman will report to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, and Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  The new entity will produce up to four films a year under the TriStar Pictures brand and will develop TV programming for Sony Pictures Television.  This move will revive the TriStar label, which has been mostly dormant for years.  TriStar Pictures, originally launched in 1984, had a mixed cinema record.
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August 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
TriStar  -- with its winged horse logo -- has been grounded as of late. Founded three decades ago, TriStar Pictures was once known for blockbusters and critical darlings such as “Total Recall” and  “Jerry Maguire," but lately it hasn't had many major big-budget releases.  Now Tom Rothman, the film executive who was recently ousted from 20th Century Fox, is teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment on a new joint venture, called...
BUSINESS
September 20, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twentieth Century Fox on Tuesday tapped Tom Rothman to succeed Tom Jacobson as president of film production. Jacobson resigned Monday to start an independent production company. Rothman, who joined Fox in July, 1994, to launch the studio's specialized film division, Searchlight Pictures, will assume his new post immediately. Fox is expected to seek a permanent replacement for Rothman at Searchlight.
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July 19, 1994
After months of speculation, 20th Century Fox on Monday named former Samuel Goldwyn Co. production chief Tom Rothman to head a new division that will produce and distribute movies for sophisticated adult audiences. "What you are seeing with this market--the adult, educated, upscale market--is that the ceilings are higher," Rothman said. He added that the film budgets will probably range from $5 million to $15 million, far below the nearly $30 million it usually costs to make a studio film.
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August 1, 2000 | CLAUDIA ELLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fox division heads Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos will share the chairmanship of Fox Filmed Entertainment, succeeding ousted studio chief Bill Mechanic. Mechanic was fired in late June after ongoing clashes with Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox parent News Corp.
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April 21, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
At a time when studios are obsessed with sequels, "reboots" and family-friendly spectacles, 20th Century Fox is releasing precisely the kind of film that has largely fallen out of favor in Hollywood: a dark adult drama. News Corp.'s Fox 2000 division is bucking conventional wisdom with this weekend's debut of "Water for Elephants," a literary adaptation of Sara Gruen's tale of love set in the stark 1930s world of traveling carnies. The studio is betting it can succeed in attracting the millions of (mostly female)
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August 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Former 20th Century Fox executive Tom Rothman and Sony Pictures Entertainment are launching a new joint venture to bring back TriStar, the company said Thursday.  The new venture, called TriStar Productions, will develop, finance and produce films and television programming, starting in September. Rothman will serve as the entity's chairman and Sony Pictures will provide financing and keep distribution rights. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Rothman will report to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, and Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  The new entity will produce up to four films a year under the TriStar Pictures brand and will develop TV programming for Sony Pictures Television.  This move will revive the TriStar label, which has been mostly dormant for years.  TriStar Pictures, originally launched in 1984, had a mixed cinema record.
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September 25, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if I can become an NFL replacement by this Sunday. The Skinny: The bad officiating wasn't the only thing wrong with ESPN's "Monday Night Football" game between the Packers and Seahawks. The game ran for well over three hours. Tuesday's headlines include a profile of producer Randall Emmett, a new co-host at "Today" and a review of CBS' new drama "Vegas. " Daily Dose: From boffo to toldja? My co-worker Ben Fritz reports that Penske Media, owner of Hollywood blog Deadline, is making a serious play for Variety . The price tag for the venerable trade paper is in the neighborhood of $30 million, which is far less than what current owner Reed Elsevier was initially seeking.
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September 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey had nothing but nice things to say about the media giant's movie unit just days after ousting Tom Rothman from his position as co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment. "Our film business has had a fabulous run for years, really been a leader and certainly the team there have been essentially the ones who have driven that," Carey said Thursday at the annual Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York. Carey added that "we feel very proud about what the film management team has done.
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September 17, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before celebrating the New Year. The Skinny: It may be a new year for some (including me), but that doesn't mean a holiday for your Morning Fix. Monday's headlines include a look at the weekend box office, the big shake-up at Fox Filmed Entertainment, new judges on "American Idol" and a review of NBC's "Revolution. " Daily Dose: While Fox Filmed Entertainment goes through a big shift with longtime Co-chairman Tom Rothman leaving (see below)
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September 16, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Following the unexpected ouster Friday of Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Tom Rothman, Hollywood's eyes have turned to a son of Greek immigrants known for his expertise in international distribution, digital devices and filmmaker relationships but not making and marketing movies. Jim Gianopulos, who has been co-chairman alongside Rothman since the two were promoted in 2000, will stay on as the studio's sole chairman. Rothman officially leaves Jan. 1, but lame ducks don't merit much respect in Hollywood.
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September 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Following the unexpected news Friday that Tom Rothman was forced out of his post as co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, several directors, producers and agents provided reactions to The Times.  --Bryan Singer, director and producer of the "X-Men" movies for Fox: "I've had the pleasure of knowing Tom for more than a decade.   We grew the X-Men franchise together from the ground up. He is passionate, intense, funny and always a step ahead. I know his next steps will be just as adventurous as his last.
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September 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Following the unexpected news Friday that Tom Rothman was forced out of his post as co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, several directors, producers and agents provided reactions to The Times.  --Bryan Singer, director and producer of the "X-Men" movies for Fox: "I've had the pleasure of knowing Tom for more than a decade.   We grew the X-Men franchise together from the ground up. He is passionate, intense, funny and always a step ahead. I know his next steps will be just as adventurous as his last.
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April 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Get ready for Meryl Streep to strap on a guitar and rock out. The 18-time Oscar nominee is set to play the lead role in the upcoming rock 'n' roll dramedy "Ricki and the Flash," which TriStar Productions announced it has acquired. In the film, to be directed by Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") from a script by "Juno" writer Diablo Cody, Streep will play a grocery store checkout lady by day and by night a fading rock musician who has one last chance to reconnect with her estranged family.
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September 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Tom Rothman, who has led the News Corp.-owned studio together with partner Jim Gianopulos since 2000, is leaving his post on Jan. 1. The unexpected move ends long and largely successful run atop the studio for Rothman, who first came to Fox in 1994 when he founded the specialty label Fox Searchlight Pictures. He previously worked as president of the independent studio Samuel Goldwyn Pictures. With Rothman's exit, Gianopulos will become the sole chairman of Fox, the studio behind "Avatar," "Ice Age," and "Prometheus.
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September 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Dawn C. Chmielewski
Tom Rothman learned this week in a meeting with News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey that he was being forced out of his job as co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly. Rothman's contract was set to expire in March 2014.  News Corp. announced Friday that Rothman would be leaving Jan. 1, 2013 and that Jim Gianopulos, his fellow co-chairman for the last 12 years, would take over the helm of the movie studio.
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