Sony’s Michael Lynton, Amy Pascal Thank Employees for ‘Professionalism’

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Sony Pictures toppers Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal have sent a note to Sony staff thanking them for “professionalism during this extremely difficult time.”

The missive, sent Monday morning, made no mention of Sony’s “The Interview.” The studio has been reeling since Nov. 24 from a massive hack, followed by the Dec. 17 decision to pull the movie in the wake of the threat of a 9/11-type attack if the comedy was screened.

Instead, the executives focused on the opening of its reboot of “Annie,” which finished in third place at the U.S. box office in its opening weekend, and then thanked the employees. On Friday, Lynton sent a similar note to employees, thanking them for their work during “this incredibly taxing period.”

Read the full Monday note below:

We are happy to share some good news with all of you: Annie had a strong opening and grossed an estimated $16.3M at the box office this weekend. With the holiday season ahead of us, our remake of this classic is off to a great start and on-track to play well for weeks to come.

We want to thank everyone at Sony Pictures for working hard to make this opening a success and for your professionalism during this extremely difficult time. We couldn’t be more grateful.

It brings us great pride to be part of this company and see your strength and dedication.

Michael and Amy

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  1. Susie Brophy says:

    Hope they are all in line for a fat Christmas bonus, considering the demoralising past few weeks, not to mention their personal security compromised.

  2. Arnie Tracey says:

    What this fading power couple NEEDs to do is : Stop abusing underlings, the studio’s Bob Cratchets, in such an off-puttingly Darwinian fashion.

    And more or as important : Will they Stop tolerating employee abuse at the hands of crack-pot imports and domestic hires in lower-tier mgt. This mgt. schtick, this gossamer drama, this play-acting, this self-aggrandizement, is wholly retrograde.

    The power couple lacks raiment altogether, which they otherwise might fake at rending.

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