Alumni Stories

Anthony “Tony” Thomopoulos (F’59)

Former President, ABC Entertainment and Founder and Partner, Morning Light Productions

Location: Mr. Thomopoulos’s office in Beverly Hills, CA
Interviewer/Producer/Editor: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06) and Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)
Anthony Thomopoulos

After graduating from Georgetown, Thomopoulos worked his way from delivering mail at NBC headquarters in New York to running his own production company, Morning Light Productions. Through hard work and determination, he rose rapidly into senior marketing jobs. He landed his big break in 1973 when Barry Diller hired him to oversee ABC’s prime-time programming. When he left his position as president of the entire broadcast group in 1985, he became chairman of United Artists Pictures and supervised such productions as “Rain Man,” “Betrayed,” “Child’s Play,” “Baby Boom” and “James Bond XV.” Throughout his career, he carried life lessons and the inspiration he gained at Georgetown.

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