Showbiz Sandbox 259: Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood’s Digital Dilemma

December 1, 2014


Digital technology helped Hollywood significantly reduce the production cost of movies that overflow with stunning visual effects. One major downside to such technological advances is how easy it has become to steal, duplicate and distribute pristine copies of digital content. Movie studios were reminded just how vulnerable they are after a cyberattack against Sony Pictures resulted in several upcoming films being leaked online.

Netflix, on the other hand, delivers digital content legally, even if some of its subscribers happen to be access the service surreptitiously from countries where the company doesn’t operate. Netflix announced it would be launching soon in two such countries; Australia and New Zealand.

On Broadway meanwhile, productions are gearing up for what is usually a busy holiday season. A few new musicals however are off to slow starts. We’ll give you a rundown on how all the shows are doing and which are worth seeing.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Russia’s proposed boycott of Hollywood movies, why Hasbro ditched Dreamworks Animation and how Apple intends to bundle Beats Music.


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Tina Fey’s New Show Moves From NBC to Netflix

Netflix Pulls Bill Cosby Special Amid Rape Allegations

Bill Cosby’s Legacy, Recast: Accusers Speak In Detail About Sexual-Assault Allegations

NBC Scraps Bill Cosby Comedy in Wake of Rape Allegations

Whitaker Nixes Revisions to Cosby Bio…for Now

Raven-Symone Speaks Out Against Rumors That Bill Cosby Assaulted Her

Bill Cosby’s Las Vegas Tour Date Canceled

Calling Out Bill Cosby’s Media Enablers, Including Myself

Sting Climbs Aboard Foundering ‘Ship’

Bayou Meets Broadway: Staging ‘Duck Dynasty’

John Cameron Mitchell to Return as Star of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

New Broadway Musicals Off to Slow Start

DreamWorks Animation Deal Talks Sabotaged by Anonymous Letter

WNYC’s ‘Soundcheck’ to Go Online-Only

‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade’ Rises to Second Most-Watched Telecast in 13-Years

Nielsen to Reportedly Measure Netflix and Amazon Viewership

Apple May Push Beats Music to iPhones

Russia Promises Exhibition Preferences for Chinese Films

Russian Parliament Won’t Consider Restrictions on Hollywood Films

Sony Pictures Investigates North Korea Link In Hack Attack

Sony Pictures Hackers Release List of Stolen Corporate Files

Sony Movies Leak Online As Computer Systems Remain Dark

Two Arrested in Britain in ‘Expendables 3’ Movie Leak Investigation