Tom’s Bio


Thomas D. Adelman began as the senior producer and director for New York’s Group W Cable. During his tenure at GWC, Adelman won ten ACE Awards and numerous medals at international film festivals such as the (Houston International Film Festival). He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for directing a classical music performance series in collaboration with the Juilliard School.

Off that success, Adelman became a senior line producer and director for Delilah Films, working on such illustrious music films as Taylor Hackford’s HAIL HAIL ROCK N ROLL WITH KEITH RICHARDS, A ROCKABILLY SESSION STARRING GEORGE HARRISON, ERIC CLAPTON, CARL PERKINS AND RINGO STAR and Roy Orbison’s BLACK & WHITE NIGHT STARRING ROY ORBISON, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ELVIS COSTELLO AND TOM WAITS. He also directed A REGGAE SESSION for Cinemax and HBO, which was filmed entirely on the island of Jamaica.

In the mid 90s, Adelman stepped into the role of President of Production for Cineville, overseeing the development and production of over ten award-winning independent films. Proving himself as a film producer, Adelman left Cineville in the late 90s to work as an independent producer in Film and TV. Adelman worked on films such as MURDER IN THE FIRST and THE USUAL SUSPECTS. He worked on other numerous projects throughout the years, championing quality storytelling at studios and networks such as Paramount, ABC, Spyglass Entertainment, USA Network, Cinemax, and many others. Among his achievements was FOCUS for Paramount Classics, which Adelman personally developed alongside Arthur Miller to bring his classic novel to the silver screen.

In 2001, Adelman settled down as senior vice president of feature production at Handmade Films. He oversaw the development and production of their entire slate, which included the award-winning films ELOISE AT THE PLAZA and ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME starring Dame Julie Andrews. AND, PLANET 51 WHICH STARRED DWAYNE JOHNSON, GARY OLDMAN, JESSICA BIEL AND OTHERS.

In 2011, Adelman launched Storytime Films, his own production company, which he runs with fellow Handmade Films alum Carrie Layne. Most recently, Adelman has launched his own development, packaging and financing company called TDA Pictures. Adelman has also produced two original comic books and is currently working on two coffee table original graphic novels, which will be published in early to mid 2016.

A graduate of New York University’s School of the Arts, Adelman makes his home in Los Angeles.