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One year since Sony hack, changes evident throughout industry

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Workers remove a poster-banner for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California.

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It’s been a year since Sony Pictures Entertainment was left reeling after more than 170,000 emails and 30,000 internal documents were leaked by alleged North Korean hackers in retaliation for the U.S. release of the movie 'The Interview.'

The massive cyber hack lead to the resignation of a senior executive, the illegal release of at least three major movies and the disclosure of 47,000 social security numbers. The hack exposed reams of private emails between company executives and big Hollywood figures on the Internet.

At the center of the leak: Sony Pictures co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin. In one exchange, Rudin calls actress Angelina Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat,” and in another he jokes with Pascal about what to ask President Obama at a breakfast hosted by DreamWorks Animation. “Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Pascal writes, referring to the film ‘Django Unchained,’ about a freed slave. Both Rudin and Pascal have issued public apologies for their comments since the email leak.

Now a year out, did the hack change how the industry is approaching security? What’s being done to make sure a similar hack does not happen again?


Andrew Wallenstein,  Co-Editor-In-Chief at Variety. He tweets at @awallenstein

Tatiana Siegel, Senior Film Writer,  The Hollywood Reporter. She tweets at @TatianaSiegel27