Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton Grants First Interview on Hacking Crisis to CNN

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Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton will break his silence on the devastating hack attack that has brought the studio to its knees in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria slated to air this Sunday.

Lynton is scheduled to tape the segment with Zakaria on Friday. It’s set to air on CNN’s Sunday program “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern.

[UPDATE 1:40 PM PT: CNN said Zakaria’s full interview with Lynton will air on “Anderson Cooper 360°” on Friday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m. ET.]

To date, Lynton has not spoken publicly about the hack. Internally, the studio chief has communicated with employees, insisting that the attack “will not take us down.”

“You should not be worried about the future of this studio,” Lynton told staffers at a town hall meeting Monday.

The cyber-attack on Sony has become a national security issue for the U.S., as officials have tied the incident to the North Korean regime. The FBI said Friday that it had concluded the country was responsible for the incident.

The hackers have divulged a continuous stream of internal documents and emails stolen from Sony Pictures since the initial Nov. 24 attack, and this week the perpetrators issued a terroristic threat to launch 9/11-style attacks on theaters exhibiting “The Interview” — the comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen about two journalists enlisted by the CIA to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. In response, Sony canceled plans to release the movie theatrically or via any other channel.

The studio stands to lose some $75 million over the pulled release of “The Interview,” and will be hit with other costs related the hack, including via several lawsuits filed by ex-employees alleging SPE was negligent in handling personal data.

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  1. David Bowers says:

    Sony CEO Lynton is a coward. No matter how he phrases his reasons, he is still a coward. He claims he had no choice except to refrain from releasing the movie because the top 5 theaters were not going to show the film. RELEASE THE FILM ANYWAY!!!!! If the theaters refuse to show it then at least it is on them and not on Sony. Many Americans want to see the film now more than ever, even if it is just to thumb our noses at N. Korea.

  2. Sony Pictures is run by Jews “Michael Lynton (Chairman) and Amy Pascal (Co-Chairwoman)” – Writers and director of the film are also Jews “Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen”. The cast is also Jewish “Lizzy Caplan, Seth Rogen, James Franco”.

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  4. Brian Berdan says:

    Wouldn’t it be cool if the studio actually hinted that perhaps it was a wee bit tasteless (let alone irresponsible) to make a movie joking about killing an actual president. Sure, it’s entertainment, and ‘free speech’, and what the North Koreans did was despicable. But create a fictitious president, at least.
    Admittedly, it’s rare for a victim in this situation to take any responsibility, but it’d still be a ‘taking the high road’ move, not a sign of weakness… Ah, you’re right, they’d get slammed for that!

    • LApseud says:

      Kudos. Only two comments I’ve read about this whole debacle that examine the issue from this perspective. This film was a display of arrogance, from conception to execution. Freedom of speech does not entail absence of consequences —however reprehensible they may be (and they were in this case.)

    • LOL says:

      Nah. It’s just American arrogance and its abhorrent sense of entitlement. The studio smugly produced a movie that was entirely in bad taste and then totally underestimated the consequences. To be honest, I’m surprised that MGM weren’t dealt similar attacks when they appropriated North Korea instead of China in its disastrous Red Dawn remake.

      The Interview being canned is not suppression of ‘art’ as many idiotic Americans commentators proclaim. The Interview is at best middling satire, at worst lowest denominator entertainment constructed as filler in an already crowded schedule.

      Sony got hit in a way it never saw coming. They got shafted. Never seen anything like it. The world is laughing at America right now.

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