He launched TriStar Productions with Sony Pictures in August, and today Tom Rothman has another new gig. President Obama nominated the former Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO to join the National Council on the Arts. “These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America,” the President said today in nominating Rothman and several others to administration posts. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.” The National Council on the Arts’ main role is to advise the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on agency policies and programs. It also reviews and makes recommendations to the Chairman on applications for grants, funding guidelines, and other similar initiatives. A contributor and bundler for Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, Rothman is the latest in a line of Hollywood supporters to get appointments from the President since his reelection.
After almost 20 years at the News Corp company, Rothman was ousted from Fox in a studio shakeup in September 2012 and formally exited a month later. As well as being Chairman of the TriStar TV and Film venture with Sony, Rothman is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sundance Institute, a board member emeritus of the American Film Institute, a member of AMPAS, and on the boards of his alma mater Brown University and the California Institute of the Arts.