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

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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