Aftershocks of Email Hack: Sony Pictures Co-Chair Amy Pascal Steps Down
Since its decision to release ‘The Interview,’ Sony has been crawling in the deserts of problems and difficulties. Initially, it had to delay the release of the controversial movie after an attack on its systems, and then when it sustained its decision to release ‘The Interview,’ the hackers did shut down its systems.
It’s been two months to the incident but the unease at Sony Pictures has not been diminished. Now the co-chair of Sony’s movie studio Amy Pascal has stepped down because of the leakage of her private emails in the aforementioned cyber infringement at Sony.
Talking about her future plans, one of the most powerful women in Hollywood revealed that she will start a new production company, to be launched in May of the current year.
She has signed an agreement with Sony, who will provide funding for her company for next four years or so. This suggests an amicable separation of Ms Pascal from Sony.
“I have spent almost my entire professional life at Sony Pictures and I am energized to be starting this new chapter based at the company I call home,” Ms Pascal said in a statement.
Sony has entitled Michael Lynton as the complete Chair of the studio; it has not yet decided a replacement for Ms Pascal.
The emails which forced Pascal to step down contained her email conversations with producer Scott Rudin. According to BBC, one of the emails which compelled her to beg for pardon had serious comments about the US President Barack Obama; She reportedly commented on the viewing habits of President Barack Obama in a derogatory manner.
Later, both the communicators had to publicly apologize for the emails. “The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am,” said Ms Pascal, explaining her position in the entire matter. “Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”
US authorities blamed North Korea for the hack attack, who applauded the attacks but denied its involvement. Though it’s been almost than two months to the vicious attack, US security firm Taia Global has now reported that Sony Pictures is still under a massive threat of cyber attack as Russian hackers are still inside the network.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.