Amy Pascal Steps Down as Sony Co-Chairman
The aftermath of the Sony Hack is still in effect, and this time, it’s Amy Pascal who felt it. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
The Sony Hack has claimed its latest victim: Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. Regarded as one of entertainment industry’s most influential film executive, Pascal is stepping down from her position as the head of the movie company Sony Pictures in the aftermath of the scandal brought about by a cyberattack, which resulted in the leakage of her emails, which had private and damaging contents.
A hacking group called Guardians of Peace, which was associated by the U.S. government to North Korea, targeted Pascal and leaked several emails belonging to her which included some racial jokes about President Barrack Obama.
Prior to her stepping down, Pascal is the only woman who is in charge of a Hollywood studio and has been regarded as one of Hollywood’s most influential and successful movie executives. She started her career with Columbia Pictures in 1998, working on pictures like “Groundhog Day” and “A League of Their Own.” She rose through the corporate ladder and was named as the co-chair of Sony in 2006 and made her the only female with the highest position in Hollywood. She is credited to having a lot of hit movies during her tenure like the “Spider-Man” franchise and the latest “James Bond” films. She also developed some of the Academy Award-winning movies like “American Hustle,” “The Social Network” and “Zero Dark Thiry.”
Unfortunately, her reputation took a lot of damage after the Guardians of Peace leaked her emails with some of her fellow movie executives in a move to make Sony Pictures pull out the release of the movie “The Interview,” which is a satire on the assassination attempt on North Korea’s President Kim Jong-un.
Pascal’s resignation has become the most senior executive resignation, following the cyberattack that put a strain in the relationship between Sony Pictures, its stars and their employees with their salary information, social security numbers and other private information leaked online alongside Pascal’s disparaging emails.
Pascal has already issued an apology for those emails, saying that she is taking full responsibility for all that was written in those emails.
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