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Memo To: Michael Lynton And Amy Pascal

From: Peter Bart

Running a major studio has always been a balancing act, but I confess that I’m getting dizzy tracking your words and actions at Sony Pictures.

You inform investors that you will reduce the film slate, channeling more resources into television, and cut costs by more than $250 million, only to disclose new deals with top production executives that would suggest a busier feature release schedule.

In a recent interview in the Wall Street Journal, Michael, you insist that Sony Pictures is not “in need of a turnaround,” but you’ve just fired your heads of marketing and public relations, appointed a new PR specialist in crisis management and disclosed plans for “a quick process” of staff layoffs.

While talking enthusiastically about a slate of future “Spider-Man” and other film franchises, you then emphasize that “this is not a business purely built on franchises, »


- Peter Bart

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