Pirated ‘Hateful Eight’ Screener Traced to ‘Point Break’ Producer

Federal investigators have linked the leaked screener of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” to Alcon Entertainment co-CEO and “Point Break” remake producer Andrew Kosove — who asserts he never saw the screener.

“The screener copy of ‘The Hateful Eight’ that was sent to me at Alcon Entertainment never touched my hands nor was I aware that it had been delivered,” Kosove said in a statement. “In addition to cooperating with the FBI, we are going to conduct our own investigation to find out what happened. Piracy is a threat to our entire industry and as filmmakers we will not tolerate such illegal and despicable behavior.”

Multiple reports Monday said that the Weinstein Company’s “The Hateful Eight” and Fox’s “The Revenant,” as well as other Oscar-contending movies, were leaked to piracy sites after screeners were sent to voters for awards consideration. Both films are slated for a Christmas Day release.

Kosove’s DVD copy of “The Hateful Eight” was sent to Alcon’s offices in Century City and signed for by an office assistant, says a source. After the film began appearing on file-sharing sites, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were able to determine that Kosove’s copy had been the source due to a watermark on the DVD.

Hive-CM8 is one of the piracy groups taking credit for the leak of Tarantino’s western.

“DVDScreener 1 of 40. Will do them all one after each other, started with the hottest title of this year, the rest will follow,” Hive-CM8 said after posting “The Hateful Eight” online.

Kosove’s producing credits include “The Blind Side,” “The Book of Eli,” “Dolphin Tale” and the upcoming “Point Break.”

The news about Kosove was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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