Twentieth Century Fox Television, which also includes Fox Television Studios and Fox 21, is now an autonomous business unit within News Corporation, and will no longer be combined with the Company’s film operations. Accordingly, current Co-Chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman will now report directly to Chase Carey, News Corporation’s President and Chief Operating Officer.Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, commented: “Tom has played a critical role in building our film business into one of the industry’s leading studios. He has spearheaded a legacy that includes many of the business’ biggest grossing films, consistently outstanding profits, and enduring quality. I know great success will continue to follow him. We are well positioned for future success under the leadership of Jim Gianopulos, whose talents will ensure that we continue to engage audiences around the world on multiple platforms.” Chase Carey, President and COO of News Corporation, commented: “Tom has created one of the strongest portfolios of films in the industry and we will forever be grateful for his decades of contributions. He is clearly one of the most passionate film executives in the business and we wish him well in his future endeavors.” “Jim has been an equal driving force in bringing some of the greatest films of all time to audiences around the world over a career that spans more than three decades. I am confident that Jim will take our film business to new heights.” Carey continued, “As we continue in our commitment to develop superior television content, I look forward to working more closely with Gary and Dana, who, with hits like Homeland, Glee, Modern Family, American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy, are unquestionably one of the best teams in the business.” Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film, commented: “For the past 11 years, Tom and I have had a truly wonderful partnership, and have enjoyed both great success and a true sense of mutual respect and camaraderie. I will always value working with him and his keen creative mind, profound commitment to film and tireless work ethic, all of which will serve him well as he pursues his next chapter. While I'll miss having him as a great partner, I will always value him as a beloved friend. All of us at Fox wish him continued and even greater successes in the future.”
Rothman is one of the longest tenured studio heads in the modern Hollywood era, and has supervised filmmaking activities at Fox for over eighteen years. Before becoming Chairman, he held the positions of President of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, President of Production for Twentieth Century Fox and, in 1994, was founder and President of Fox Searchlight. A few of the many enduring films made under his oversight include: Life of Pi, Taken, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Black Swan, Cast Away, Master and Commander, Walk the Line, Juno, The Devil Wears Prada, Borat, the X-Men and Ice Age series, Little Miss Sunshine, Minority Report, Moulin Rouge, Boys Don’t Cry, Sideways, There’s Something About Mary and the top two grossing movies of all time: Titanic and Avatar. Fox Films during this time have been nominated for over 100 Academy Awards, won three Best Pictures, and earned in excess of $25 billion in worldwide box office sales.About News Corporation News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) had total assets as of June 30, 2012 of approximately US$57 billion and total annual revenues of approximately US$34 billion. News Corporation is a diversified global media company with operations in six industry segments: cable network programming; filmed entertainment; television; direct broadcast satellite television; publishing; and other. The activities of News Corporation are conducted principally in the United States, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and Latin America.