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Sony Pictures TV Chief Knocks Media Coverage of Studio Hack

Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko had harsh words for some of the media coverage of the hack that devastated the studio beginning late last year.

In an an address Tuesday at the Digital Entertainment World conference in Los Angeles, Mosko didn’t lash out at any particular media outlet but made clear he was unhappy with some who appropriated content that was leaked by the hackers.

“Certain people take great joy in turning this into a roast and by taking stolen information and making us look silly,” he said. “That part I never got my arms around.”

In his first public comments since the hack occurred, Mosko said the studio emerged stronger as a result of being brought together by arduous circumstances despite all the detractors.

“It was weird how people took great joy in how they tried to drag us down,” he said.  “In the meantime I saw what was going on (inside the studio). We were at full strength. It was an amazing life lesson.”

Mosko also said he emerged from the hack with greater perspective, both professionally and personally.  “Having gone through that, all I see is the glass half full,” he remarked. “I’m grateful to be in the business, and produce great shows.”

In a 30-minute Q&A with Michael Schneider, the Los Angeles bureau chief of TV Guide Magazine, Mosko touched on a range of other issues beyond the hack as well. He delved into the growing business subscription VOD services like Netflix have been for the studio’s TV division, as well as Sony’s own in-house content platforms, Crackle and the Playstation gaming console, which is launching its first original scripted series, “Powers,” next month.

As calm as Mosko was able to be about the hack’s consequences, he isn’t entirely at peace. When Schneider made a joke about North Korea, Mosko responded, “I’m not quite at the humor stage yet.”

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