There may be Black actors and actresses in major roles on television and in the movies, but when you walk around the offices of some of the big time entertainment companies in Hollywood you might be pressed hard to find a Black face–or even a women. A recent hack of documents at Sony Pictures Entertainment, one of the largest film studios in Hollywood, revealed not only full-length versions of five upcoming Sony Pictures films but also sensitive internal documents. There was even a spreadsheet containing the salaries of more than 6,000 Sony Pictures employees, including the company’s top executives.
The salary list, contained in a spreadsheet entitled “Comp Roster by Supervisory Organization 2014-10-21,” seems to have detailed data about the compensation plans of Sony Pictures employees, including employees’ names, job titles, home addresses, bonus plans, and current salaries.
“Based on the spreadsheet (and bear in mind that these numbers are unconfirmed – Sony Pictures didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment), the employees of Sony Pictures with the highest annual rates appear to be nearly entirely white men,” reports Fusion.
The leaked data shows there are 17 U.S. employees of Sony Pictures with “annual rates” of $1 million or higher. Amy B. Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of SPE’s Motion Picture Group, is the only one of the 17 who is a woman. The spreadsheet shows Pascal’s annual rate is $3 million, the highest on the list, and the same amount earned by Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.
And only one (Dwight R. Caines, marketing president at Sony Pictures Entertainment) appears to be African American. Fusion calculates that “the upper pay echelon of Sony Pictures is 94 percent male, and 88 percent white.” Also, under U.S. law, companies must disclose the pay packages of some high-ranking executives and board members in their proxy statements. But the Sony Pictures hack reveals something the public rarely gets to see – an uncensored picture at who’s making what within a large corporation.
While authorities don’t know who is behind the hack, a group calling itself “GOP” (Guardians of Peace) has taken credit for the leaks. Sony Pictures itself has yet to confirm or deny the veracity of the leaked documents but it is reportedly investigating whether North Korea could be behind the hack. “The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it,” a company spokesman told the The Washington Post.
Sony Pictures isn’t the only major Hollywood company to have a predominantly White, predominantly male leadership. “But the numbers leaked in the recent hack – assuming they’re accurate – would mean that the top ranks of one major Hollywood studio are perhaps even less diverse than those of Silicon Valley tech companies and large Wall Street banks,” reports Fusion.