After nearly three decades being a major decision-make in Hollywood, Amy Pacal is stepping down as Co-Chairman Of Sony Pictures Entertainment And Chairman Of The Motion Picture Group.
Pascal survived year-after-year of pressure and scrutiny deciding which Sony projects got the green light, got made and were marketed.
She survived a job and Hollywood culture that regularly chews up and spits out her (now former) rivals in a fraction of her tenure.
But she could not survive the Sony hacking scandal that came about in response to their film, "The Interview".
According to Deadline:
The studio has just confirmed that Amy Pascal is stepping down from her position as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of the Motion Picture Group, and that she will launch a new production venture at the studio. Pascal will transition to the new venture in May.
Rather than rehash the hacking scandal, her horrible handling of "The Interview", her even worse response to her hacked e-mails that were made public and some of her more questionable choices of recent vintage, it is worth remembering the remarkable career Pascal has had:
1.) Pascal started her career as a secretary working for producer Tony Garnett at the independent production company Kestrel Films. From 1986 to 1987, she served as Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox.
2.) Pascal joined Columbia Pictures in 1988, where she was responsible for the development of films including: Groundhog Day, Little Women, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own. She left Columbia in 1994 and served for two years as the President of Production for Turner Pictures. Pascal rejoined Columbia in 1996 as the studio’s President.
3.) Pascal was named Co-Chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment in September 2006. She has also served as Chairman of SPE’s Motion Picture Group since December 2003. Pascal and SPE’s Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton lead all of SPE’s lines of business, including: motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies
4.) Pascal has overseen the production and distribution of films including the Spider-Man franchise; the James Bond films Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, the first Bond film to gross over $1 billion at the worldwide box office; The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons; Sony Pictures Animation’s The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Hotel Transylvania; and Best Picture Oscar nominees American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Zero Dark Thirty, Moneyball and The Social Network.
Despite her most recent missteps, misfires and embarrassments, that is an impressive legacy. We'll see how this unfolding story plays out in the days, weeks and months to come.
What do the rest of you think?