On Thursday, Amy Pascal announced she was stepping down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, ending one chapter of the ongoing saga sparked by the hacking of the company in November.
The Hollywood press jumped on the story. Deadline got there early with a brief (since updated) timestamped at 8:56 a.m. The Hollywood Reporter responded minutes later with a longer story including details from Pascal’s professional career and the hacking scandal that brought her down. It was authoritative and detailed and put the breaking news into context.
That’s because it was written months ago.
Most of it, anyway. Hollywood Reporter Executive Editor Matthew Belloni tells Poynter that the bulk of the story was compiled by senior film writer Tatiana Siegel in December, when it became clear the fallout from the hacking scandal jeopardized Pascal’s position at the company. Read more