Sony Pictures’ Amy Pascal steps down

MUMBAI: After being targeted by hacking group called ‘Guardians of Peace’, linked closely to North Korea, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Amy Pascal has decided to step down after her emails and conversations were made public. She will be resigning as the co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairwoman of Sony Motion Picture Group.

Seen as one of Hollywood’s top most female executives, she has been with the Group since 1996, when she was named as the president of the Columbia Pictures Unit, post her stint with Turner Pictures. Before joining Turner she was with Sony since 1988. Equating the company as her home, Pascal in a statement said, “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,”

The embarrassing emails contained her leaked conversations that had her discussing with other executives to halt the release of the humour based film, The Interview. The film is based on the assassination of North Korea’s current leader Kim Jong-un. Not limited to just that, the emails shared in the cyberspace also saw her cracking racially insensitive jokes with producer Scott Rudin about the viewing habits of US President Barack Obama. They both joked that the President’s favourite movies were black themed cinema like Django Unchained and 12 Years A Slave.

Pascal later apologised in a statement which read, “The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am. Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologise to everyone who was offended.”

Pascal who was worked with the studio for close to two decades, will now begin a production company that will see its launch in May 2015. The studio has decided to stand by her as it will fund her company for at least four years and will retain the distribution rights. Her successor is yet to be named.

Latest Reads
Disney's Kanan Dave to join digital agency Entropy

The Walt Disney director music and marketing Kanan Dave is all set to join Reliance entertainment co-owned digital marketing agency Entropy.

Television TV Channels People
MPA report: media rights for Cricket to reach us$2 billion worldwide by 2021

Global media rights for cricket topped US$1 billion for the first time in 2018 and will likely top US$2 billion in 2021, according to a new report published today by Media Partners Asia (MPA).

Television TV Channels Sports
Zee Media VP Mehraj Dube joins ABP News

Zee Media VP Mehraj Dube, that was responsible for managing branding and product innovation activities, has now joined ABP News as head of marketing.

Television TV Channels People
TRAI tariff order will help increase ZEEL's earnings from under-monetised regions: CMO Prathyusha Agarwal

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has successfully rolled out its new tariff order (NTO) with the underlying objective of making the system more transparent and effective, giving the consumer the choice of channels as per their requirements and budgets.

Television TV Channels GECs
Star Re.Imagine awards 2019 are back

One of the most sought-after awards recognizing creativity and innovation in the use of integrated media in advertising– Star Re.Imagine Awards are back in a bigger and better avatar.

Television TV Shows Awards
To be released Chhota Bheem Kung fu Dhamaka movie, now launched as an exciting mobile game

Ahead of the release of Chhota Bheem’s next titled Chhota Bheem Kung Fu Dhamaka the makers Green Gold Animation has come out with a very interesting mobile game that is going to be an absolute delight for fans of Chhota Bheem.

Television TV Channels Kids
SPN English Cluster celebrates World Book Day

“That’s the thing about books, they let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Witness an unconventional love story with ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ only on Sony MAX

With a fresh take on contemporary romance, ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ broke away from the conventional clichéd love stories portrayed in Bollywood

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
Republic TV back on top as most watched English news channel

In week 5 of 2019 (Saturday, 26 January 2019 to Friday, 1 February 2019), the last week that Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) had published data on its website before the implementation of the new tariff regime, pubcaster Doordarshan’s English News channel DD India had sprung a...

Television TV Channels Viewership

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories