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

The Hateful Eight
Courtesy of The Weinstein Co.

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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  1. Henry Chinaski says:

    This screener was stolen from the CEO of the production company of Point Break. Interesting that the Hateful Eight is being released the same weekend as Point Break.

    Conspiracy here?

  2. Duke Zimmer says:

    Studios should send a list of screeners to the guilds so that they can inform their members which screeners they will be receiving. The list should include a phone number if a screener isn’t received by a certain date so that the member can notify the studio that a screener is missing and possibly stolen.

  3. John says:

    The funniest thing coming out of this is Andrew Kosove’s name will forever be linked to “The Hateful Eight”, years from now when people look up information for “The Hateful Eight” they might even get confused with Kosove being the movie’s producer.

  4. Jess Money says:

    The solution is to require the actual recipients to sign for the Fed Ex delivery. No assistants, no guys in the mail room, no teenagers at the house, etc. This eliminates both the element of deniability by the intended recipient and the possibility of theft by intermediaries.

  5. Expediency trumps security every day of the week, and it breeds laziness, particularly on the part of Academy members. What can be done? Not much, unless members are required to sho proof of viewing a film in a theater or be disqualified from voting. Screeners themselves cannot be 100% secure. And integrity cannot be asked for, it must be given.

  6. John says:

    Don’t believe a word Kosove says. It just happens that he has a movie coming out this week competing with “The Hateful Eight”, what a coincidence. Once FBI exposes his scheme, he’s looking at a very long time in prison, and he’ll never be able to work in this town again.

  7. Bob says:

    Screeners are still happening because the people they are intended for are lazy, and old. The DVDs play automatically so they don’t fumble around looking for their remote control. They typically fast forward too so don’t expect these people to go to a theatre to watch them.

  8. I’ve been saying it for a while, but the whole system of screeners, discs as well as online, definitely needs to change.

    The safest way of doing it would be to set up screenings instead of sending out hundreds of screeners. Get people together inside a theater and show the films.

    It’s more expensive, but considdering how much it costs in lost revenue when a screener leaks and considdering anywhere screeners are sent there are people who actively work to get them leaked, the cost might be worth it in the long run.

  9. stevenkovacs says:

    HE let someone watch it who betrayed his trust.

  10. Ivana P. says:

    I give the movie 6/10. Piracy is a wonderful thing. No wasted money.

  11. Mike says:

    I’m sure glad I stopped by my closed office today to pick up a Christmas package I forgot last Friday.
    I noticed a few envelopes sticking out of my mailbox on the street that anyone could have grabbed.
    One envelope contained the screener of “Joy”. If I had not stopped by, the screener would have definitely been taken and it would be my name that would be dragged through the mud. The distribution system for screeners has to be changed.

  12. Michelle says:

    Seems to me that the problem isn’t the pirate sites but with the clumsy way they are distributed.

    • TM says:

      Indeed.

      It should be totally possible by now to create online versions of screeners, that are not downloadable and allow for a one time viewing only.

  13. John Dreben says:

    I wonder how many years it will take the movie industry to realize that sending out these screeners is a very bad idea. This happens year after year. It can and should have been obvious to this business that where these screeners land can’t be controlled. What’s the big mystery here?

  14. walt says:

    I think it is too big of a coincidence that Kosove has a 100 million dollar movie (Point Break) opening the same day. Most people in Hollywood think the screener “water mark” is a myth. Sounds to me like this was deliberate sabotage, and it backfired big time.

  15. Paulo Leite says:

    It is absurd that in 2015 (going 16) the film industry still sends screeners that can easily be lost, stolen or simply copied. It is ridiculous that with so much concern for security, we haven’t come up with a solution for such a weak link. It is pointless to turn your post production facility into Fort Knox if months later you are gonna be sending 100 DVDs by mail.

  16. Rudy Mario says:

    Arrest him.
    A nation of laws must adhere to them. Hollywood is no exception.

    • teriekwilliams says:

      Why waste prison space. Just fine him if you can prove he did anything illegal.

    • Dim Kotcom says:

      How about we arrest you, Mussolini?

      • Rudy Mario says:

        Dim Kotcom is a dim wit. Product of Lousy genetics coupled with inbreeding.

        Hollywood went after students who downloaded movies and music in dorm. Fair enough. So if a producer is doing something fishy, he too needs justice delivered. If innocent there is no issue

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