Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairperson, Amy Pascal, has decided to step down and move forward with her career.
Pascal has been a part of Sony since 2006 and has helped produce more than a handful of movies and television programs. However, on Feb. 5, she announced that she will be leaving the company. She said she is starting a “new company [that] will focus on movies, theater and television…” ABC’s, Susanna Kim reported.
She is excited to embark on this new adventure, as “…she has always wanted to be a producer.” Her new company will be located at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, California. Sony intends to invest in her new company by creating a four-year agreement with her and retain distribution rights to the films.
Although Sony seems to be helping her with her new move, Pascal received some pressure from them for her resignation. After her emails leaked and turned into media gold, Pascal has since been scrutinized. In the emails she slammed Hollywood star actors such as Angelina Jolie, calling her “minimally talented,” Adam Sandler, and Kevin Hart. Remarks were even made directed toward President Obama in the emails between her and fellow producer, Scott Rudin
In an interview with journalist, Tina Brown, she mentioned that she kept insisting to Sony that no one had gotten ahold of their emails, “But then they did. That was a bad moment. And you know what you write in emails.” Pascal also stated that when she encountered Jolie at The Hollywood Reporter ‘Women in Entertainment’ Power 100 Breakfast back on Dec. 10, Jolie “didn’t care” and “everybody understood because we all live in this weird thing called Hollywood.”
The hacking incident stemmed from its association with a movie that Sony produced called “The Interview” that stars Seth Rogan and James Franco starred in. The movie revolves around Rogen and Franco trying to assassinate North Korea leader, Kim Jong-Un. At first, Sony decided not to release the movie due to the hacked emails, but later released it in select theaters.