Tom Rothman '76

Tom Rothman '76 will feature one former male and female student-athlete each month who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The monthly installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths


Alumni Spotlight – Tom Rothman ‘76


A three-year lacrosse standout, Tom Rothman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown in 1976 with a degree in English and American Literature.  Rothman was an All-New England selection in lacrosse, amassing 74 goals during his three-year career.


After stints as an English teacher and law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, Rothman graduated from Columbia Law School in 1980, twice earning the James Kent Scholar distinction, the school’s highest academic accolade.  Working nearly five years as an attorney at Frankfurt Kurnit Kline & Selz, Rothman took his talents to the big screen in 1986, co-producing Down by Law and Candy Mountain, paving the way for his move to Columbia Pictures in 1987.


At Columbia Pictures, he served as Executive Vice President of Film Development and Production before moving on as President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company in 1989.  Films such as Longtime Companion (1989), Truly Madly Deeply (1990), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), and The Madness of King George (1994), highlighted Rothman’s reign at Goldwyn.


Overseeing 18 years in various roles at Fox Filmed Entertainment, Rothman’s tenure included over 150 Oscars and three Best Picture Awards, including the two highest grossing films of all time, Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2007).  Another hit, Slumdog Millionaire, won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2008.  During his final 12 years at Fox, Rothman served as Chairman and CEO, as the company produced more notable films such as Cast Away, The Devil Wears Prada, the X-Men and Ice Age series, as well as hit television shows, Modern Family, Glee, and Homeland.


After departing Fox in 2012, Rothman served as Director of before being recently named Chairman of TriStar Pictures in 2013.


Current Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Lars Tiffany ‘90, was the inaugural recipient of the endowed Rothman Head Coaching Chair on April 19, 2013 in a dedication at the Providence Biltmore Hotel.


Alumni and fans are encouraged to participate in the Alumni Spotlight nomination process by submitting nominees to Nominations should include: notable career achievements, current occupation, location, recent photos, and notable contributions to the community.