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With 'The Walk,' Baltimore-born Sony head Tom Rothman reaches new heights

With 'The Walk,' Baltimore-born Sony head Tom Rothman reaches new heights

Heading a major Hollywood movie studio is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Unless you're Tom Rothman. Then, it's a twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and counting.

The Baltimore-born Rothman, who spent 12 years as head of 20th Century Fox before being pushed out in September 2012 (his actual title was chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment), was named this past February to head Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. Which means that, in a film-business career that stretches back to the 1980s, Rothman has sat in the chairs once occupied by 20th Century Fox founder Darryl F. Zanuck and Harry Cohn, the founder of Columbia (which was purchased by Sony in 1989). He even gets to work out of the...

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