Only fitting that the producer of the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 be elected to the board of directors for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The Legendary Entertainment chairman and CEO becomes the 16th member of the board for the non-profit educational institution, the organization announced today. 42, the story of the man who broke pro baseball’s color barrier, screened at the White House earlier this year. Here’s today’s release:
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Thomas Tull has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, bringing the total number of directors to 16 for the non-profit educational institution.
“I am very happy that Thomas has agreed to join the Board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “He has such a great passion for baseball history and for the Museum, and it has continued to grow since his childhood in central New York. As the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Legendary Entertainment, he has revolutionized the movie industry with the same fervor that drives his commitment to the preservation of baseball history. His entrepreneurial acumen and innovative business strategies will be a tremendous asset to the Museum’s Board and leadership team.”
Thomas Tull serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Legendary Entertainment a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions. He also founded Legendary East, a standalone entertainment company with offices in Beijing and Hong Kong that is dedicated to creating feature film and related content for a worldwide audience.
In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $8 billion worldwide at the box office. In addition to producing the recent box office hit Pacific Rim, Tull and Legendary are behind some of the biggest blockbusters of all time including The Dark Knight franchise, The Hangover franchise, Watchmen, 300, Inception, Clash of the Titans, Man of Steel and the critical favorite The Town.
Tull also brought to the screen the critically-acclaimed Jackie Robinson biopic 42, which was also screened at the White House in 2013. Legendary Pictures also announced plans to produce Lombardi, a biopic of famed Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi with JC Chandor set to write. Tull serves on the Board of Directors of Hamilton College, his alma mater, and Carnegie Mellon University. He also serves on the board of the San Diego Zoo and is part of the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers ownership group where he also holds a board seat.
In addition to Board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, whose grandfather, Stephen C. Clark, founded the Hall of Fame, the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors includes: Vice Chairman Joe Morgan, along with four other Hall of Fame players including Phil Niekro, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Tom Seaver. Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig; major league owners Bill DeWitt Jr. (St. Louis), David Glass (Kansas City) and Jerry Reinsdorf (Chicago White Sox); former MLB President Paul Beeston, minor league owner Bill Gladstone (Tri-City Valley Cats), long-time sports executive Dr. Harvey Schiller, Kevin Moore, president of the Clark Estates, Inc. and former Hall of Fame Chairman Ed Stack, round out the list of Directors.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution, dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibition and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime.