Sony Pictures hires Judy Smith for crisis work

Smith is the inspiration for Olivia Pope, lead character in DC-based drama Scandal.

Sony Pictures hires Judy Smith for crisis work

LOS ANGELES: In response to a North Korean-led cyberattack, Sony Pictures Entertainment has retained Smith & Company founder and president Judy Smith as a crisis adviser, according to a report from TMZ.

Smith, the inspiration for Scandal, a TV series set in Washington, DC starring Kerry Washington, is tasked with dealing with criticism Sony Pictures has been receiving since Wednesday when the entertainment company announced it was cancelling the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

She has been advising Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, according to the TMZ report.

The studio cited a "decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film" due to threats issued by the hackers, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace.

Scandal lead character Olivia Pope is partially based on Smith’s former career as a George H.W. Bush press aide. She is co-executive producer on the show and also runs her own crisis management firm.

Sony was not immediately available for comment.

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