Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal steps down as the studio heads into a post-hack future


Amy Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and a longtime staple of “Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” lists, is stepping down from her role months after an enormous hack of the studio’s computer systems exposed her embarrassing e-mails and revealed the company’s inner workings.

Pascal will “will launch a major new production venture,” according to a Sony Pictures announcement. The announcement did not give details of the new venture, and framed Pascal’s move as a voluntary one. (“I have always wanted to be a producer,” she said.) But the move is clearly a link in a chain of events that began last December, when Fusion reported that the salaries of Pascal and other Sony Pictures executives had been leaked to the public. Subsequent reports showed that Pascal’s e-mails had been leaked, too, and found that she had traded racially-sensitive e-mails with Hollywood mega-producer Scott Rudin, about which movies President Obama might…

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