Executives at Sony Corp.'s Hollywood movie studio sought to reassure employees on Monday that the studio would recover from a massive cyberattack that exposed internal emails and sensitive employee data. Michael Lynton, CEO and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal addressed staff at two separate meetings in a packed sound stage on the company's lot in Culver City, California, according to an employee who attended one of the sessions. Lynton told employees they should not worry about the studio's future, a Sony spokeswoman said. He also praised staff for their work to keep productions running after the attack, the spokeswoman said. Hackers attacked Sony's computer network last month and have released internal documents that, according to published reports, have included private data on employee salaries, marketing plans and contracts with business partners.
In addition, the documents included an exchange in which Pascal joked about President Obama's race. After media outlets reported that information, Pascal issued a public apology for "insensitive and inappropriate" emails. At one of Monday's meetings with staff, Pascal was "near tears" and apologized again for her comments, according to the employee in attendance. Pascal did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.
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