Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, has been named the recipient of the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2017 Milestone Award. The award is the PGA’s most prestigious honor, recognizing an individual or team for their historic contributions to the entertainment industry.
The award will be presented to Rotham at the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 28, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
“This is the highest honor of my professional life and I am humbled and grateful to be included among such august company,” Rothman stated. “Coming from the outstanding organization that is the PGA, it is indeed praise from high quarters. My enormous thanks to Donald, Amy, the Board and the entire membership. I have no current plans to do so, but I could now die happy.”
Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal also stated: “Our industry has benefitted immensely from Tom’s instincts, tenacity and vision. From his championing of independent storytellers early in his career to his nurturing of studio films on an epic scale, Tom’s passion for movies has been one of the unstoppable creative engines of our business.”
Previous recipients of the Milestone Award include Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Sherry Lansing, Ron Meyer and Bob and Harvey Weinstein, among others.
Gotham oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s motion picture production and distribution activities worldwide. His film career spans more than 30 years, working at Fox for 18 years and serving as President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company, and Executive Vice President of Columbia Pictures. In 1994 he founded and served as President of Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Rothman has worked on over 400 films, including the two highest grossing films in cinematic history, “Titanic” and “Avatar.”