From humble beginnings as an English teacher who coached soccer and lacrosse, Tom Rothman has risen to heights few people can ever imagine. Living a life most people dream of having, Tom has taken his passion for life and turned it into one of the most successful entertainment careers in recent memory. Currently at the helm of TriStar Productions, Tom has used his skills as an entertainment executive to help create many of the most popular and highest earning movies and television series of all-time.
The list of movies Tom has helped move from idea to reality reads like a Who’s Who list of the greatest movies to hit the silver screen. Black Swan, Cast Away, Walk the Line, X-Men, Little Miss Sunshine and The Devil Wears Prada are just a few of the many hits with which Tom has been associated. Under Tom’s guidance, the many films he has been linked to have been nominated for more than 150 Academy Awards and grossed over $40 billion worldwide, with the two top-grossing movies of all-time Titanic and Avatar among them. His work has even earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Happily married for the past quarter-century to the versatile actress Jessica Harper, Tom has put his fame and fortune to good use through his association with numerous philanthropic causes. Interested in education and the arts, Tom has been a tireless fundraiser for many causes near and dear to his heart. Two of his proudest endeavors have been as a teacher and fundraiser for Mentor L.A. Partner Schools and serving on the Board of Directors of the New York Art Therapy Outreach Center, which is committed to working with at-risk populations through art therapy.
As a result of his tireless efforts to keep the arts alive for the next generation to enjoy, Tom was nominated by President Obama in 2013 to serve on the National Council for the Arts, which serves in an advisory capacity to the National Endowment for the Arts. In this role, Tom will be advising the National Endowment on policies and programs while also offering recommendations on various grant applications. He talked about the opportunity and value extensively on his Twitter page.
An avid athletic competitor, he manages to find a few moments here and there to play a quick tennis match or pair up with some friends and play 18 holes of golf. While his golf game still needs some fine-tuning, he takes it all in stride and chooses to remain loyal to his hometown teams, the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL and the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.
While Tom has taken the talents he possesses and used them to their full advantage, the Los Angeles Times has mentioned him in multiple articles as one of the most approachable executives in Hollywood today. Determined to see the arts continue to flourish, Tom is committed to putting his best foot forward and helping to produce many more projects that will take their place as some of the best in the business.