According to a recent LA Times report, Amy Pascal has decided to resign her position at Columbia Pictures in May to pursue a new production company. Often acknowledged as Hollywood’s most renowned and prestigious female executives, Pascal is most known for coordinating the creation of popular movies including “Groundhog Day,” “Men in Black,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Undeniably, her unprecedented movie productions along with her close relationships with actors such as Will Smith and Adam Sandler all effectively contribute to her recognition as one of Hollywood’s famous and most successful film icons.
Pascal’s announced resignation has influenced the speculation of her possible replacement. Some prominent professionals at Sony Pictures believe her successor will evolve from within the Culver City Studio. So far, Tom Rothman, Doug Belgrad, and Jeff Robinov are the leading candidates for her competitive position. Doug Belgrad, was recognized last year as the President of the Studio’s Motion Picture Group and Jeff Robinov was the former Warner Bros well-known and influential executive. Robinov’s brand new film company, Studio 8, previously signed a distribution deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Tom Rothman is a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment and is best known for his involvement in the successful production of the well-liked films “Avatar” and “Titanic.” In addition, during his eighteen year employment with Fox, he founded and was of the first presidents of Fox Searchlight which is a specialty division that created the award winning movies, “The Descedants” and “Black Swann.” His success at Fox influenced Pascal and Sony Pictures Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Michael Lynton, decision to invite Rothman to help reinvent Sony’s Tristar film label. Most professionals in his field affirm his great reputable talent and support his likely role as Pascal’s successor.