Thomas Tull

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Thomas Tull
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Tull at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015
Born (1970-06-09) June 9, 1970 (age 49)
Residence Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
Alma mater Hamilton College
OccupationFilm producer, businessman
Years active2003–present
Net worthUS$1.2 billion (October 2019) [1]
Political party Democratic

Thomas Tull (born June 9, 1970) is an American billionaire businessman and film producer. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Legendary Entertainment. His firm has produced and/or financed several major films, including The Dark Knight Trilogy , Inception , The Hangover and its sequels, 300 , Man of Steel and others.

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Early life

Tull grew up in Endwell, New York, the son of a dental hygienist single mother. [2] [3] [4] As a youth, Tull was an athlete, playing baseball and football, earning a football scholarship. [3] Tull graduated from nearby Hamilton College in 1992.

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Career

After college, Tull abandoned plans to become a lawyer and instead went into business, starting a chain of laundromats. Among his innovations were different prices according to demand at different times of day. Tull went into the field of financing, buying and selling several tax and accounting offices. [3] In the private equity business, Tull rose to president of Convex Group and later, chief of operations of Tax Services of America. [5] His firm invested in entertainment, where Tull began to learn the entertainment business. After discussing the potential of private equity with a film executive in 2003, Tull quit Convex, raising $600 million in equity to finance movies under the Legendary Pictures banner. [2] The company entered into a partnership in 2005 with Warner Bros. to jointly finance and produce films. [3] In 2009, Tull became the majority shareholder of Legendary, in a buyout of the original investors. [3] The Warner deal was followed by a similar deal with Universal Studios in 2013. He also helped produce the film Blackhat .

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Tull describes himself as a "fanboy" of comics and several of the films produced by Legendary were personal favorites of Tull. [4] Watchmen had been in "development hell" for years when Tull arranged to pick up the rights. [4] 300 had been turned down by other studios. [3] Tull also describes himself as a "gamer", and founded the short-lived Brash Entertainment to work on film-to-video game conversions. [2]

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Brash Entertainment was an American video game publisher focused on licensed games. The company was co-founded in 2007 by Thomas Tull, Bert Ellis, President and COO Nicholas Longano, and CEO and Chairman Mitch Davis.

Tull is a member of the board of trustees for the American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and the San Diego Zoo. [5] In 2009, Tull became a part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. [3] Tull had been a fan of the Steelers since age four, watching the Steelers take on the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. [6]

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Carnegie Mellon University private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Tull is a billionaire. [7] He has donated US$1 million to Priorities USA Action, a Super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. [8]

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Personal life

He resides in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife Alba and their children. On January 16, 2018, his home was listed for $85 million and is one of the largest private residences in the world. [9] He plans to move his business and family to the Pittsburgh area.[ citation needed ]

Filmography as producer

YearTitleNotes
2006 Superman Returns executive producer
The Ant Bully
Beerfest
We Are Marshall
300
2007 Trick 'r Treat
2008 10,000 B.C.
The Dark Knight
It Might Get Loud producer
2009 Watchmen executive producer
Observe and Report
The Hangover
Where the Wild Things Are
Ninja Assassin
2010 Clash of the Titans
Jonah Hex
Inception
The Town
Due Date
2011 Sucker Punch
The Hangover Part II
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope producer
2012 Wrath of the Titans executive producer
The Dark Knight Rises
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer
42 producer
The Hangover Part III executive producer
Man of Steel
Pacific Rim producer
2014 300: Rise of an Empire executive producer
Godzilla producer
As Above, So Below
Dracula Untold executive producer
Interstellar
Unbroken
2015 Blackhat producer
Seventh Son
Jurassic World executive producer
Straight Outta Compton
Crimson Peak producer
Krampus
2016 Warcraft
Spectral
The Great Wall
2017 Kong: Skull Island
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising
2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters
2020 Godzilla vs. Kong executive producer
Dune

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