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Sony names Tom Rothman as Amy Pascal’s replacement

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures has announced Tom Rothman as outgoing senior executive Amy Pascal’s replacement to the role of chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture division.

A veteran film executive, Rothman has been the force behind top-grossing blockbusters like ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’. Rothman is currently the chairman of TriStar Productions and ran Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000 to 2012.

He will now be heading the movie studio after a cyber-attack led to a fallout and shuffle of the top executive Pascal from the company. Rothman is expected to assume his new role in the next week or so.

Rothman will report to Michael Lynton, who will continue to run the Japanese corporation’s global entertainment business. His contract was extended for an undisclosed number of years.

Sony chairman and CEO Michael Lynton said, “Tom has had an extraordinary career and we are thrilled to have him run the Motion Picture Group. Tom’s creativity, strong talent relationships and track record of enduring films and commercial success are unparalleled in this industry and exactly what we are looking for to grow our film business. Having run Fox Filmed Entertainment during a time of great successes and growth for that studio, and then producing at TriStar here at SPE, Tom knows this business inside and out like few others do.”

According to the statement, Rothman will work with Pascal to ‘ensure a smooth and orderly transition into his new role’.

Rothman added, “I am grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to lead the Motion Picture Group. I have had the pleasure of working closely with the exceptionally talented teams at SPE for the past year, and I am excited to build on those relationships in this new role. I am thrilled at this rare opportunity to lead the Motion Picture Group at such an exciting and transformative time for the studio.”

Pascal came under fire late last year after her emails were leaked online following a hacking attack at Sony. The correspondences included email chains in which she criticised Angelina Jolie and mocked President Obama’s taste in films.

The studio announced in early February that Pascal would leave her position to launch a “major new production venture at the studio”. In her first interview after her departure, Pascal acknowledged that she was fired.