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WHY WAS FOX’S FILMED ENTERTAINMENT CO-CHAIRMAN FORCED OUT?

September 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood was abuzz over the weekend with speculation about the reasons for the reported dismissal of Fox Filmed Entertainment Co-chairman Tom Rothman late Friday. The Los Angeles Times was first to report that Rothman had been forced out despite a successful run in the post. It said that agents and producers disliked working at Fox, partly because of Rothman’s focus on grinding down budgets. The newspaper also quoted insiders who said that Rothman opposed last month’s distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation, a deal that his co-chairman, Jim Gianopulos, supported. He was also being criticized for passing on the comedy Ted, which became a huge hit for Universal. Deadline.com reported that Rothman was axed after the studio learned that he was seeking the position of Chairman/CEO of Universal. Rothman himself said in a statement that he was resigning because he had “done the same job, at the same place, for a very long time, and it is time for me to write a new chapter.”