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Amy Pascal Resigns from Sony Pictures

“Everyone at this company has been violated and nobody here deserved this, ” she said.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, whose personal emails were leaked online by hackers looking to intimidate her and her bosses, is leaving her job.

Pascal’s contract is ending next month, and will not be renewed. Instead, a Sony press release says she will launch “a major new production venture” at the studio.

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“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, ” Pascal said in a statement.

She claimed to have been discussing the move for “quite some time.”

Pascal suffered a horrible couple of months at the end of 2014, after Seth Rogen’s satire “The Interview’ made Sony the target of pro- North Korea hackers. They accessed company files, destroyed data and exposed private correspondence. Sony’s financials, employee health records, full-length unreleased films and unflattering e-mails about major stars became the fodder of gossip blogs, tweets, and all the other apps the kids use today.

In an interview with Deadline, Pascal said the scandal had been devastating. “Everyone at this company has been violated and nobody here deserved this, ” she said.

“I am mostly disappointed in myself. That is the element of this that has been most painful for me. I don’t want to be defined by these emails, after a 30-year career, ” she said. “Clearly, there are things that you say in a rash moment without thinking them through, and it takes 10 seconds to say something stupid. When it’s blasted and it might become the way you are defined as a human being, I have to say it. It’s just wrong. It’s wrong about me. And it’s wrong to do to anyone.”

Pascal, who is Jewish, is married to Bernard Weinraub, who used to report on the movie ibndustry for The New York Times. They have a son.



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