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Sundance 2013: Juror Tom Rothman on the legacy of indie film and the future of robot revolution

During his 18 years as an executive at 20th Century Fox, Tom Rothman oversaw two of the biggest movies in history — Titanic and Avatar. But as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival this past week, he has been focusing on some of the smaller, scrappier movies being made on the indie circuit for roughly the catering budget (for a day, maybe) of those kinds of films.

After departing as co-chairman of the Fox studio last year, Rothman has been working as a producer, helping Steven Spielberg bring the man vs. machines epic Robopocalypse to the screen. EW caught up with him at the festival, which bestows its juror prizes Saturday night, to pick his brain about independent film, finding new talent, and just what the state of that robot uprising is right now.


Ed Burns, Tom Rothman headline Sundance Film Festival juries

Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.

Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.

Click below for the entire Sundance jury list: READ FULL STORY

Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman stepping down at the end of the year


Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman and CEO Tom Rothman will step down from his posts at the end of this year, announced Fox on Friday.

Current co-chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, who has shared the roles with Rothman since 2000, will take full reign of the positions.

“I have been at Fox for over 18 years, the bulk of my adult working life,” Rothman said in a press release from Fox. “In that time we have accomplished more than I ever imagined, from the founding and nurturing of Fox Searchlight, to overseeing the two biggest films in box office history, to keeping us consistently at the highest levels of industry profits, including this most recent strong fiscal year, and, most of all, making dozens of films that I believe will stand the test of time.”

Before becoming chairman, Rothman served as president of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, president of production for Twentieth Century Fox and, the founder and president of Fox Searchlight in 1994. Some of the films under his long watch include Black Swan, Juno, The Devil Wears Prada, Borat, Boys Don’t Cry, and box office juggernauts Avatar and TitanicREAD FULL STORY

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