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Entertainment Weekly


Sony Pictures hack reveals employee salaries, more

Tracy Bennett

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Sony Pictures was targeted by hackers in November, and those hackers are now starting to leak documents from the studio containing information about salaries, budgets, and employee details—and some of these documents show the divide between men and women within the company.

Fusion got a hold of some of those documents, including a spreadsheet containing the salaries of more than 6,000 Sony employees. After sorting through the spreadsheet, they found that 17 Sony Pictures employees have “annual rates” of at least $1 million, and just one of those employees is a woman.

This woman is Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment. According to the spreadsheet, her annual rate is $3 million—just as much as Michael Lynton, Sony Entertainment’s CEO, makes.

Another document titled “Sony_2012_Comments” consists of employee complaints about what the studio is doing and should be doing. Gawker posted some highlights from the file, including this: “There is a general ‘blah-ness’ to the films we produce. Although we manage to produce an innovative film once in awhile, Social Network, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we continue to be saddled with the mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films.”

One of these “mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films” is Jack and Jill, a comedy that Columbia Pictures (a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment) released in 2011. Other comments also question the studio’s lack of  “fresh” work and suggest they should be making fewer sequels and more original screenplays.

In addition to the salaries and comments, Buzzfeed also discovered that the leak includes documents containing passwords to email and social media accounts at Sony, along with passwords to employees’ personal accounts.

Although some have speculated that North Korea is behind the attack, the country denies involvement. “Linking the DPRK (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea) to the Sony hacking is another fabrication targeting the country,” a North Koren diplomat said, according to USA Today“My country publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy.”

The FBI is currently investigating the attack, which also led to multiple movies not yet in theaters—including Annie and To Write Love on Her Arms—being leaked online. “The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter,” Sony told EW in a statement, “and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it.”