Editor’s note: When he ran Universal Pictures
and after he left to partner with Ivan Reitman
in Montecito, Tom Pollock
was a favorite call for journalists. He was not only a humorous truth teller with a spine, but one of those rare people who left us walking away from a call always feeling smarter for it. Deadline’s former film editor Anita Busch
remembers those experiences and what Pollock, who died Saturday, meant to her and those who worked for him.
It’s an odd feeling when you read obituaries printed about a man, and none of them actually captures the true nature of who that dynamic person was. So was the case with former Universal Pictures chairman Tom Pollock, who I came to know as a journalist covering the business for 30 years.
I honestly don’t remember what story we first met over, but I knew pretty quickly