Ranked #18 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #26 in 2002.
Was President of 20th Century Fox in 1986.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) was originally considered by Paramount Pictures (the studio at which Rudin had a production deal with), but Paramount turned it down. Disney's Touchstone division produced it, and it became a hit.
Left Paramount Pictures to head up the Walt Disney Company's Miramax Films, after Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein left to create a new independent film studio. After Sherry Lansing (retired chairman and CEO of Paramount) and Jonathan Dolgen (former president of Paramount) left, he said that: "I had a hugely emotional response to Sherry and John leaving and the heart went out of the place for me." (Source: Oscarwatch.com). .
Ranked #3 of 50 influential people in The new York Observer's "The New Power Gays" article, June 2011.
One of only 15 individuals who are "EGOT"s, meaning having received at least one of all of the four major entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, competitively. The other recipients are Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Lopez, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice. Six others (including Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, James Earl Jones, Alan Menken, Harry Belafonte, and Quincy Jones) have won three of the four awards competitively and received an honorary fourth and thus do not, strictly speaking, qualify.
If you're going to spend two or three years of your life working on something, you've got to be making the kind of movie that discusses and influences the culture and is engaged in the world you're living in.
[on Megan Ellison in the leaked Sony emails] ...this bipolar 28 year old lunatic who hasn't returned your call in three days...
[on Angelina Jolie and her "Cleopatra" project in the leaked Sony emails] I'm not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both. I'm not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don't. She's a camp event and a celebrity and that's all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming. We will end up being the laughing stock of our industry and we will deserve it, which is so clearly where this is headed that I cannot believe we are still wasting our time with it.