UPDATED: The move comes almost a year after Rothman announced he was leaving his top job at Fox; the new entity will produce up to four films a year as well as develop television programming for Sony Pictures Television.
Tom Rothman is launching TriStar Productions for Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he has a close relationship with the leadership. The move comes nearly a year after the tenacious and prolific studio executive announced he was leaving his top job at 20th Century Fox.
The production company will open its doors for business on Sept. 1. Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, made the joint announcement with SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal. Rothman will have an equity interest in the entity and serve as its chairman. He’ll report directly to Lynton and Pascal.
“Throughout my entire career, I’ve always tried to zig when other people zagged, and that’s what I’m going to do here,” Rothman told The Hollywood Reporter. “I wanted to be with supportive bosses and management, and Michael and Amy have just been incredibly terrific to me from the beginning. And I think they are superb executives. I feel very lucky.