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Sony's Tokyo HQ Taking Greater Role in Hollywood Studio After Furor

By Clip Syndicate
Company officials said ,Sony Corp's Tokyo headquarters is changing its usual arm's-length relationship with its U.S. studio following a massive cyberattack and the controversy over the comedy "The Interview", with the group CEO being consulted on key decisions. Before the devastating cyberattack, Sony Pictures Entertainment was relatively independent of the Tokyo HQ, despite the company's slogan that it is "One Sony" across an empire of movies, music, gadgets and even insurance. But group CEO Kazuo Hirai has become more involved after the hacking, which debilitated Sony Pictures’ computer network and led to the online leaks of unreleased movies and embarrassing emails. It is considered the biggest attack of its kind on U.S. soil. Officials with direct knowledge of the relationship said Sony Pictures Entertainment Chief Executive Michael Lynton consulted Hirai in his decision this week to push through with the release of the movie about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.








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