Thomas Pollock

Montecito Picture Company

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Thomas P. Pollock served as Vice Chairman of MCA INC. from July 1995 to March 1996. He previously served as Executive Vice President of MCA and Chairman of its Motion Picture Group, Universal Pictures, from September 1986 to July 1995. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of MCA INC. and Cineplex-Odeon Corporation.

One of the most highly-regarded and experienced attorneys in the entertainment field, he was previously the Senior Partner of Pollock, Bloom and Dekom. The firm (now Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, LaViolette & Feldman, LLP) represents leading producers, directors, writers and actors.

Pollock joined MCA on September 18, 1986. 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 time, Parenthood, Cape Fear, Twins, The Flintstones, Kindergarten Cop, Back to the Future 2 and 3, Casper, Waterworld, Backdraft, Beethoven, and Beethoven’s 2nd, Do The Right Thing, Fried Green Tomatoes, Sneakers, and Lorenzo’s Oil.

Also during this time, Universal had seven Academy Award Best Picture nominees, including Schindler’s List, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1993. Other Best Picture nominees include Field of Dreams, Born of the Fourth of July, Scent of a Woman, In the Name of the Father, Apollo 13, and Babe.

Mr. Pollock was also responsible for bringing numerous creative talents to the studio including Ivan Reitman, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, George Miller, Jon Avnet, Martin Brest, Rob Cohen, Phil Alden Robinson, Jim Sheridan, James Cameron and Larry Gordon.

Mr. 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 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 1998, Mr. Pollock together with Director/Producer Ivan Reitman, set up The Montecito Picture Company. Montecito has produced Road Trip (2000), Evolution (2001), Old School (2003), Disturbia (2007), Up in the Air (2009), Hitchcock (2012), Ghostbusters (2016), and Baywatch (2017).

In 2006, Mr. Pollock, together with Director/Producer Ivan Reitman, set up Cold Spring Pictures with Merrill Lynch and other financial partners, which will co-finance pictures produced by Montecito Picture Company.

Mr. Pollock was born April 10, 1943, in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University in 1964, and received a J.D. from Columbia University in 1967.

He is a member of the California Bar Association, the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute, a trustee of the American Museum of the Moving Image. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Film at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a former trustee of the Los Angeles Music Center.