Tom Pollock

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Tom Pollock
Born April 10, 1943 (age 75)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Malibu, California, U.S.
Occupation Attorney, business executive, film producer
Children 3
Parent(s) Helene Zalk Pollock
Joseph Pollock

Thomas Philip Pollock (born April 10, 1943) is an American motion picture producer. He started as an entertainment lawyer, then became a studio executive, he is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute, Adjunct Professor of Film University of California Santa Barbara, former trustee of the Los Angeles Music Center and a member of the California Bar Association. He is also co-owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 1998.

Early life[edit]

Thomas Philip Pollock was born on April 10, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Helene (née Zalk) and Dr. Joseph Pollock,[1] he has two siblings: Ken Pollock and Margo Pollock Sinclair.[1] His family is Jewish,[2] he attended The Happy Valley School, now named Besant Hill School, in Ojai, CA. Pollock graduated with a B.A. with distinction from Stanford University in 1964. He went on to the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, served as Editor of the Law Review and received a J.D. in 1967.


Tom Pollock started his career in 1968 as an assistant to George Stevens, founding director of The American Film Institute (AFI); in 1969, Pollock became manager of business affairs for AFI's new film school Center for Advanced Film Studies. 1970, he started the entertainment law firm Pollock, Rigrod, and Bloom which later became Pollock, Bloom and Dekom, now Bloom Hergott.[3] Having started the firm with no established clients, Pollock recruited film students from both AFI and elsewhere, among his first clients was George Lucas. At the time, Lucas was doing THX-1138 followed by American Graffiti and then Star Wars; in addition to The Star Wars trilogy Pollock was instrumental in initiating the productions of The Indiana Jones and Superman trilogies. By the 1980s Pollock, Bloom and Dekom was one of the premier entertainment firms in Los Angeles.

In 1986, Pollock left his firm to serve as Executive Vice President of MCA and Chairman of its Motion Picture Group, Universal Pictures.[4] During his tenure as Chairman of the Motion Picture Group, Universal released over 200 films that grossed in excess of $10 billion worldwide including Jurassic Park the then highest-grossing film of all times, the Back to the Future trilogy, Henry and June, Cape Fear, Sneakers and Casino. While Pollock was at the helm of Universal, the studio had seven Academy Award Best Picture Nominations. Schindler's List, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1993. More Best Picture nominees include Field of Dreams, Born on the Fourth of July, Scent of a Woman, In the Name of the Father, Apollo 13 and Babe. Pollock was responsible for bringing numerous creative talents to the studio including Ron Howard, Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, Ivan Reitman, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, George Miller, Jon Avnet, Rob Cohen, Phil Alden Robinson, Jim Sheridan, Larry Gordon and James Cameron.

Pollock was a member of the Board of Directors of MCA INC. and its affiliate Cineplex- Odeon Corporation. Pollock played a key role in the creation of United Cinemas International (UCI), a joint venture with Paramount Pictures, which has become the largest exhibitor outside North America, with nearly 700 multiplex screens, he also formed Gramercy Pictures now known as Focus Features with Polygram in 1992. During his tenure as Vice Chairman, Pollock forged MCA’s alliance with DreamWorks SKG and the interactive arcade venture Gameworks among Sega, Dreamworks and MCA.

In 1995, following the sale of MCA to the Seagram Co, Pollock became Vice Chairman of MCA/Universal Studios, he resigned from this position in 1996, after serving as the entertainment company's top film executive for nine years.[5] Following his resignation, Pollock taught in the Film Studies Program at the University of California Santa Barbara. In 1986, Pollock returned to AFI as a member of its Board of Trustees, he became chairman in 1996. During his tenure, AFI produced its One Hundred Greatest Movies T.V. show and started the American Film Institute Awards. He now serves as Vice Chairman of the AFI Board of Directors.[6]

In 1998 Pollock together with Director/Producer Ivan Reitman founded The Montecito Picture Company, which has produced among others, Road Trip (2000), Old School (2003), Disturbia (2007), the Academy Award Best Picture Nominee Up in the Air (2009), Chloe (2010), No Strings Attached (2011) and Hitchcock (2012).[6] They recently finished production and released the major motion picture Draft Day starring Academy Award winner Kevin Costner as the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Ellen Burstyn and Chadwick Boseman. In 2006, Pollock together with Director/Producer Ivan Reitman, created Cold Spring Pictures with Merrill Lynch and other financial partners, which co-finances pictures produced by The Montecito Picture Company.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Pollock lives in Malibu, California, he has three children, Alexandra Pollock Gagerman, Allegra Pollock Brandano, and Luke Pollock, and four grandchildren, Haley, Benjamin, Amelia, and Owen.[1]


Executive Producer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2000 Road Trip Executive producer
2002 Killing Me Softly Executive producer
2003 Old School Executive producer
2004 EuroTrip Executive producer
2006 Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Executive producer
2007 Disturbia Executive producer
2009 Hotel for Dogs Executive producer
2009 The Uninvited Executive producer
2009 I Love You Man Executive producer
2009 Post Grad Executive producer
2009 Up in the Air Executive producer
2009 Chloe Executive producer
2011 No Strings Attached Executive producer
2012 Hitchcock Producer
2012 Draft Day Producer


  1. ^ a b c Santa Barbara Independent: "Joseph H. Pollock, M.D. 1913 - 2013, Santa Barbara" 2013
  2. ^ The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle: "1988 Reviews Temptation' part of literary genre, Silberg says" P 10
  3. ^ Masters, Kim (November 23, 1986). "Law of Hollywood". The Chicago Tribune. 
  4. ^ "Pollock to Head Motion Picture Group at MCA - Los Angeles Times". 1986-09-19. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  5. ^ "PEOPLE : MCA Vice Chairman Tom Pollock Resigns - Los Angeles Times". 1996-03-13. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  6. ^ a b American Film Institute. "American Film Institute - Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  7. ^ "Executive Suite: Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 

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