TriStar Productions
Company typeJoint venture
FoundedAugust 9, 2013; 10 years ago (2013-08-09)[1]
FounderThomas Rothman[2]
Headquarters10202 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California, United States[3]
Key people
Thomas Rothman (Chairman)
Lindsay Sloane (SVP, TV)
David Beaubaire (EVP, film)
Nicole Brown (SVP, film)[3]
ProductsMotion pictures
Television production
OwnerSony Pictures Entertainment
Thomas Rothman[4]

TriStar Productions (TSP) is an American film and television production company, a division of TriStar Pictures and a joint venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and former 20th Century Fox chairman Tom Rothman.[4]

The new company shares its name and logo with the current TriStar Pictures distribution label of Sony Pictures,[4] under which TriStar Productions' four films per year will be released joining the other titles released from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.[2][5] The television programming however, will be produced for Sony Pictures Television.[2] The TriStar name was selected as Rothman considers himself a film buff, giving the company its historical name, and counting on the good will of the Hollywood creative types to give the unit an edge.[5]


It was jointly announced on August 1, 2013, by Rothman, Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment and co-chairman and CEO of SPE, and Amy Pascal, co-chairwoman of SPE. The venture was launched on September 1 and Rothman would hold an equity share in the venture with the ability to bring in other outside investments.[4][5] TriStar Productions' first deal was for the autobiography To Walk the Clouds, which is about Philippe Petit, a French high wire walker who walked between the Twin Towers in 1974.[6]

In February 2015, it was announced that Rothman will replace Amy Pascal as chairman of Sony Pictures's Motion Picture Group. Rothman will continue to oversee the properties he greenlit at TriStar.[7]



Film Release date Co-production Box office Distributor
Ricki and the Flash August 7, 2015 Marc Platt Productions[8] Badwill Entertainment and LStar Capital[9] $41 million Sony Pictures Releasing
The Walk[6] September 30, 2015 ImageMovers $61 million
The Lady in the Van November 13, 2015 BBC Films and Sony Pictures Classics[10] $41 million
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk November 11, 2016 Studio 8, LStar Capital, Film4 Productions, Bona Film Group,[11] The Ink Factory and Marc Platt Productions $30 million
Happiest Season November 25, 2020 Temple Hill Entertainment and Entertainment One N/A Hulu (United States)
Sony Pictures Releasing (International)


Film Release date Co-production Distributor
The Yank TBA Mosaic Media Group and Gary Sanchez Productions[12]
Untitled Labyrinth sequel The Jim Henson Company and Lucasfilm


  1. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (August 1, 2013). "Tom Rothman teams with Sony Pictures to create TriStar Productions". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ a b c Abrams, Rachel (August 1, 2013). "Tom Rothman in Joint Venture With Sony to Run TriStar Productions". Variety. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva. (October 23, 2013) Tom Rothman & Sony's TriStar Prods. Makes TV & Film Executive Hires. Deadline Hollywood. Accessed on October 28, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d Fleming, Mike Jr. (August 1, 2013). "Tom Rothman To Launch New TriStar Productions Label For Sony". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c CIEPLY, MICHAEL (August 1, 2013). "Sony Hires Rothman to Head Revived TriStar Unit". New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Tom Rothman's TriStar Unveils First Pic Dates: 'Ricki And The Flash' & Robert Zemeckis' Philippe Petit Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. May 6, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Tom Rothman Replaces Amy Pascal At Sony Pictures; Michael Lynton Contract Extended". Deadline. February 24, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (17 June 2014). "Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer in Negotiations to Join Meryl Streep in 'Ricki and the Flash' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ricki and the Flash (2015) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  10. ^ Guy Lodge (2015-09-12). "'The Lady in the Van' Review: A Light Vehicle for a Grand Maggie Smith". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Studio 8, Bona Film Group Team With TriStar on Ang Lee's 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'". Variety.
  12. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (April 28, 2014). "TriStar Wins Will Ferrell Comic Pitch 'The Yank'". Deadline. Retrieved October 16, 2018.