Sources: Mashable | All Things Michael
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced on Thursday that Amy Pascal, longtime studio co-chairman who was one of many executives to have embarrassing emails leaked in the massive hack in November, is stepping down.
As is often the case when Hollywood studio executives leave their posts, Pascal will launch a production venture at the studio, keeping her deep industry relationships and moviemaking experience in-house. She’ll transition into her new role in May, according to the studio’s release.
The hack has been linked to North Korea over the movie The Interview, a film that Pascal had greenlit.
Pascal’s departure from the Sony corner office was something of a foregone conclusion after the fiasco that devastated Sony and exposed highly personal information of hundreds of its 6,000 employees. But rumors that Pascal was on thin ice persisted in Hollywood for many months before the cyberattack, after a string of high-profile box office failures, in particular the critically and commercially underwhelming The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Some of the movies under Pascal’s stewardship include:
Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, The Da Vinci Code, the Spider-man film series, Men in Black, To Die For, Ali, Charlie’s Angels, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hancock, Michael Jackson’s This Is it, Awakenings, A League of Their Own, Hitch, Stuart Little, Girl Interrupted, Adaptation, 2012, Bad Teacher, Easy A, Superbad, District 9, Zombieland, Pursuit of Happyness, This is the End, Pineapple Express, Stepbrothers, Talladega Nights, 21 Jump Street, Salt, Closer, Something’s Gotta Give, Eat Pray Love, 50 First Dates, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Equalizer, Fury, Big Fish, A Knight’s Tale, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Ides of March, Karate Kid, Big Daddy, The Remains of the Day, Little Women, Sense and Sensibility, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Captain Phillips, Moneyball, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Groundhog Day, The Social Network and The Interview.
Ms. Pascal got her first job by answering an ad in the Hollywood Reporter. She worked as a secretary answering phones for the legendary BBC producer Tony Garnett.
Ms. Pascal is the first woman since Mary Pickford to serve as a Governor of the Executive Branch at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Read the full press release here