Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairperson Amy Pascal has resigned following a recent online attack against the studio that exposed embarrassing emails between her and other Hollywood figures.
Pascal, who had been in contract renewal talks for months, has decided instead to set up her own production venture that will be backed by the studio, New York Times reported.
Pascal will leave her current position in May. Sony is yet to name a successor.
“I have spent almost my entire professional life at Sony Pictures, and I am energized to be starting this new chapter based at the company I call home,” Pascal was quoted as saying in a statement.
Pascal’s support for “The Interview”, a provocative comedy that lampooned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, turned to a prolonged controversy last year after Sony became the target of a hacking attack.
US authorities identified North Korea as behind the devastating attack on Sony and its employees, which exposed the staff to humiliation and financial risk and put Pascal’s own dealings in the spotlight for weeks.
Pascal had kept a low profile since her hacked emails were widely reported by media, particularly one in which she made racially insensitive remarks about President Barack Obama’s taste in films.
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