Former Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman, Tom Rothman, has been named the new Chairman of Sony’s motion picture group. The move comes as the former Chairman, Amy Pascal, was let go after a lackluster box office run and problems resulting from last year’s cyber attack on the company. The full story, including details of Mr. Rothman’s career, was reported at the nytimes.com website.
Mr. Rothman will have control of the movie side of the studios business. Unlike his predecessor, He will not have control of television production as well. That function will be handled by Steve Mosko, the president of Sony Pictures Television, who will report directly to Michael Lynton, the Sony Pictures Chairman. People close to the situation have reported that Mr. Rothman has hopes that he can maintain some continuity by having Doug Belgrad remain in his position as Sony Pictures President. Mr. Belgrad had long been rumored to be in line to take over the Chairman position from Ms. Pascal.
While at Fox, Mr. Rothman developed a reputation for a hands on approach to filmmaking. His methods have left several directors and producers leery of the change to Sony’s management. In statements issued on the topic his allies have tried to alleviate these fears. They insist that he has made accommodations with the executive staff during the preceding year. He plans as few changes as possible to relationships that Ms. Pascal and Mr. Lynton have been rebuilding.
To view the complete story on Mr. Rothman and the new executive leadership of Sony Pictures, please visit The New York Times website.