After leaked emails showed Adam Sandler-enabler Amy Pascal making racist jokes about Barack Obama, taking point on the implosion of the Steve Jobs movie, and leaning real hard on that caps lock key, her tenure as Sony Pictures co-chair has gotten the boot.
Amid the fallout of the Sony hacking crisis, Amy Pascal will step down from her post as co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment.
As often is the case with ousted studio heads, Pascal will launch a major new production venture at the studio. Pascal, whose deal was up in March, will transition to the new venture in May.
This is executive speak for "We're firing you because you've become synonymous with perhaps the darkest chapter in the history of our company but you're well-liked so we're going to give you a made-up job on the way out." The ouster has been expected since late last year, but comes right after a Vanity Fair article about the hacker gutting made it seem like all was well in Pascaltown:
Today, Amy Pascal's e-mails are shorter and safer. For security reasons, she's using four separate handheld devices, with various names and passwords. But while her e-mails have diminished, her passion for the movies has not. She returned to work on Monday, January 5, the town clamoring to work with her, or for her. Some insiders are cynical about the support, so late in coming. "I guarantee you, somebody who is telling Amy Pascal that they're there for her and 'Please let me know if there's anything I can do' is, on the side, angling for her job," says a rival studio executive.
But Amy Pascal does not act as if she's going anyplace anytime soon. She is excited to be developing Ghostbusters 3, an all-female version of the 1984 hit comedy, which she feels will become the studio's first female franchise.