Wikileaks Creates Searchable Database For Sony Leaks

From the press release:

Today, 16 April 2015, WikiLeaks publishes an analysis and search system for The Sony Archives: 30,287 documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and 173,132 emails, to and from more than 2,200 SPE email addresses. SPE is a US subsidiary of the Japanese multinational technology and media corporation Sony, handling their film and TV production and distribution operations. It is a multi-billion dollar US business running many popular networks, TV shows and film franchises such as Spider-Man, Men in Black and Resident Evil.

In November 2014 the White House alleged that North Korea’s intelligence services had obtained and distributed a version of the archive in revenge for SPE’s pending release of The Interview, a film depicting a future overthrow of the North Korean government and the assassination of its leader, Kim Jong-un. Whilst some stories came out at the time, the original archives, which were not searchable, were removed before the public and journalists were able to do more than scratch the surface.

Now published in a fully searchable format The Sony Archives offer a rare insight into the inner workings of a large, secretive multinational corporation. The work publicly known from Sony is to produce entertainment; however, The Sony Archives show that behind the scenes this is an influential corporation, with ties to the White House (there are almost 100 US government email addresses in the archive), with an ability to impact laws and policies, and with connections to the US military-industrial complex.

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said: “This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”

Soldier On.

53 Responses to Wikileaks Creates Searchable Database For Sony Leaks

  1. Michael Everett says:

    Wikileaks needs to be thoroughly searched under “IATSE”. Here’s the first email I looked at:

    RE: Outlaw Prophet/MOW

    From: Antler, Helayne
    Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:35 AM
    To: Weil, Leah
    Subject: Outlaw Prophet/MOW

    The IATSE just granted us a waiver worth about $100,000 on an MOW called “Outlaw Prophet” shooting in New Mexico. This waiver literally cuts IATSE rates. The only caveat from the IATSE was not to tell the other studios.

  2. Richard Killjoy says:


  3. xas says:

    “what I learned”

    ” 13. Movies can be ugly no one cares ”
    “18. The woman can’t be too skinny they have to be woman with woman’s body’s who are as strong as the men or more “

  4. vfxmafia says:

    Try doing searches like…

    “salary fixing”

    • vfxmafia says:

      or search

      “LABOR/EMPLOYMENT Weekly Alert”

      apparently their law council would have weekly alerts on the subject…..they would discuss all types of things like getting out of maternity leave, labor issues, antitrust violations, whistle blowers, unions, US Labor Department’s overtime regulations and more…….

  5. Richard Killjoy says:

    Formula much?

  6. . says:

    “…. PI, where at showest we showed about 15 minutes of selected scenes, in 3d as the whole of our presentation. I set it up and then brought Ang out. But the scenes were mind blowing visually. Epic. And they rocked the room and put the movie on the map. We pretended they weren’t finished fxs, but they really were.”

  7. . says:

    a revealing one from Amy:

    “recap for meeting

    1. our world has changed. with disney buying pixar marvel and starwars they left the rest of us in the dust.
    but it is worse for us than others.

    2. we are at a further disadvantage than some of the other companies because we don’t have a robust library like fox with remakes like planet of the apes, or all the monster movies like universal.

    3. the franchises we do have ….we dont own(bond and spiderman, even with ghostbusters we had ownership problems with ivan and the same is true of mib with steven and his huge piece of the backend and his control issues..).we have always been a studio that rented…rather than owned.. columbia has never ever been a robust or rich company …like warners or universal.we don’t have merch on smurfs and the same is gonna be true of angry birds

    we could have bought mgm, we could have bought marvel…but that has never been the way we have operated …………”

    etc… etc….

  8. animcoop says:

    On closing down India:

    A very lengthy e-mail but here’s a highlight:
    The current situation:

    We are contemplating a shutdown of the India operation by the end of February or March. Due to inflation in India, the labor costs of this operation have increased by double digits annually since inception – we expect this trend to continue at least in the near term. At the same time, capable third party vendors have emerged in other, lower labor cost markets with more competitive pricing than our India operation. Also, the growth of our operations in Vancouver has enabled us to significantly lower our effective labor costs, primarily driven by tax incentives, while providing a convenience far superior to India.

    • . says:

      “PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL” is a phrase regularly used by the legal dept. (….usually with the “i”)

      from a law company website:

      “In addition, where the insured’s counsel is conferring with the broker about a legal concern based on a pending litigation or claim, it is important to contemporaneously document these particular circumstances. This will help distinguish privileged interactions from routine communications. One way of accomplishing this is to mark “Privileged and Confidential” all communications with an insurance broker of a privileged nature”

    • VFX Soldier says:

      wow thats a nice find.

      • vfxmafia says:

        @ Daniel

        Amazing how close Adapt and the legal actions were. I bet internally every Studio CEO had to have discussions about the efforts ………especially after that piracey court ruling….

  9. Pissed off says:

    Modification Resolution

    … Domain, Rhythm & Hues, ReelFX, CORE)1 that may require specific explanation. Very briefly, the issues can be summarized as follows.
    BlueSky: March 2005 email … contract – she would only get involved in those circumstances.
    Rhythm & Hues: March 2005 email – Szymanski references a “please proceed carefully list” with respect …

  10. Pissed off says:

    Modification Resolution

    … their “Powers that Be.”
    Digital Domain: March 2005 email – Szymanski references a “please proceed carefully list” with respect to personnel working on “Stealth” at Digital Domain. Sept 2007 – email … in those circumstances.
    Rhythm & Hues: March 2005 email – Szymanski references a “please proceed carefully list” with respect to personnel working on “Lion, Witch and Wardrobe.” Jan. 2008 …

  11. Pissed off says:

    For some reason you can only see it in search. If you follow the link its blank. You can grab different phrases from the email and re-search them and see more snippets.

    • anon says:

      that list is from the Stan Szymanski, Head of Digital Studio Operations at Digital Domain Media Group ? it’s a Digital Domain list ? here is another incomplete quote with an mysteriously empty email (by adding the name Syzmanski)

      ” at BlueSky. Sarnoff, instructs Szymanski to “get over it and hire with abandon,” but says it is okay to give BlueSky a heads up. Szymanski also references a “please proceed carefully list” with respect to personnel working on “Ice Age 2.” Day says she will not loop Szymanski in on lunches or meet … “

      • anon says:

        The Ice Age 2 mention of the “please proceed carefully list” is from 2013, so from 2005 to 2013 it seems Digital Domain management has been using a list to influence other studios on who to hire ? does that seem an accurate conclusion ?

        where is this list ? can it be released too ?

      • Pissed off says:

        Looks to be a list maintained by sony. As they had one for R&H as well. The following text was also found

        although artist approached is not identified, the fact that Siobhan Gray (who is head of HR) responds suggests … ask artist to give them 4 weeks and that “Jenny is going to send Lee[at R&H] an email letting him know it’s not cool on R&H’s part.” Per St. Clair, there is a history

      • Deus Ex Machina says:

        it seems like this is a euphemism for “blacklist”, which is illegal

        why would any recruiter hire people from that list when they have 50 similar people to choose from ?

        does anyone believe the close friends and relatives of ANY of the people responsible for maintaining it are listed? NO WAY

        it’s an illegal activity to control others and other companies

        it needs to get published ASAP

        “California laws specifically prohibit blacklisting”

        “The Labor Code (§1050-1053) specifies the following acts as blacklisting:
        Preventing or attempting to prevent former employee from getting work through misrepresentation.
        Knowingly permitting or failing to take reasonable steps to prevent blacklisting.
        In a statement about why an employee was discharged or left employment, implying something other than what is explicitly said, or providing information that was not requested. Furnishing information without a special request is prima facie evidence of a violation.”

        “California laws prohibiting Defamation”

        Defamation occurs when a false statement is given to a prospective employer that damages the reputation or economic interests of that person. Intentional defamation can also lead to blacklisting claims as well. A former employer is only free to state whatever they know to be factually true about an employee in references.

        If a former employer is “blacklisting” you with direct slander and falsehoods you may also have a claim for defamation. However, they can contend it is an opinion, and opinion is a defense to defamation. Therefore, the blacklisting laws may be more helpful when their purpose is to prevent you from ever working again in your chosen trade, occupation or career.”

        this is the person who mentioned the list ?

      • sumatra says:

        Stan migth know something.Stan the recruiter…and all of them – they act like a family. Dneg/Framestore/MPC/ Cinesite and basically all the “great” workplaces are one. And Stan knows it. Isn’t it Stan?

      • time for truth says:

        Scott Ross led Digital Domain for many years.

        Did Scott know about the existence of this list ?

        I find it hard to believe he wouldn’t know about the existence of this vfx blacklist (aka “proceed with caution” list) since it is mentioned by such high ranking people in his organization.

        “Knowingly permitting or failing to take reasonable steps to prevent blacklisting.”

        It’s ESSENTIAL this list is fully published.

        The people responsible for the illegal suppression/destruction of the careers and lives of many vfx artists, simply to bolster their own political circles needs to be fully and legally addressed.



        Many vfx companies are mentioned: Blue Sky, R&H, Sony, Digital Domain, I would guess there maybe others……

        Maybe Mr Assange could be contacted to publish the rest ?

    • animcoop says:

      I’ve put together the text from the document and basically this is an internal legal memo put together sometime after 2010 when the 2009 Civil Investigative Demand (CID) issued by the Antitrust Division of the DOJ and associated investigation had concluded and it was decided no further action would be taken against the company.

      The references to the “Please Proceed Carefully List” fall under the category “A. Agreements or Possible Agreements” in which:

      “Arnold & Porter identified certain agreements or possible agreements between Imageworks and seven other companies (BlueSky, Pixar, Mead Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues, ReelFX, CORE) that may require specific explanation. ”

      Much of what it details is Stan’s reluctance to raid other companies and Sarnoff’s insistence that he do it anyway, but gives him permission to give other companies a heads-up. Also some interesting stuff in there about some big people who almost got poached from Imageworks, as well as Osher threatening ReelFX.

  12. Roxboro says:

    Rosie Server might know something as well

  13. duno says:

    Everybody probably knows but unless you have prove that golds in court not much point. Hacked emails likely wont.

    • fight back against illegal reruiter and vfx company behavior says:

      it just shows how one small incident at one company, a person can get blamed, put on a list and have their careers and future needlessly wrecked BUT ONLY if you are not a friend, and not a relative of the small group of people maintaining the list, putting arbitrary people on it and encouraging other companies to use it and act upon it.



      it just shows how detached, cynical and suppressive these recruiters and management are.
      These are the same people that fundamentally have no real clue how to maintain their company’s profit.

      It’s institutionalized abuse of vfx artists.

      It is illegal, it is corruption, it is well hidden and it seems to be central to the hiring policy at many of these companies.

      That list needs to be released.

      Wikileaks contact info:

  14. Stan The Man says:

    Stan Szymanski, this guy is as slimy and transparent as they come. Zero talent, yet plenty of skill kissing ass to rise to a position of authority to make decisions on hiring. I’ve personally sat in meetings with this guy, back in the Sony days, where he shot down names recommended by supervisors for show hires. When asked why, he often cited very questionable reasons. During his DD tenure, he practiced the same logic on below the line artists.

    There was no doubt a blacklist, and Stan was the keeper of that list. Now, he is some sort of talent scout? He should be the last person an artist would want to work with.

    • sumatra says:

      Stan the “poison” fish.

    • anon says:

      Does anyone know a way to get a copy of this illegal list so we can publish it ?

      Many vfx artists have believed vfx recruiting is being controlled by an illegal list for many years, but there was no evidence until “pissed off” managed to find it.

      Could the ACLU not help ?

      This is really TOXIC and ILLEGAL behaviour by vfx management and recruiting if true.

      It needs to result in a class action lawsuit to prevent unfair trade practises from abusing and discriminating against people to form an illegal hegemony.

      • mr.blacklist says:

        Unfortunately alot of this hard to prove…unless you have an entire server of emails from every company…….(even then the recruiters are smart enough to do selective language.)

        Black lists have been around for ever……have you ever worked at company and it went well but then they hand you a list of “reverse recruiting”. IMO Reverse Recruiting is the same thing….you get branded as a “non threatening worker”.

  15. Hilton Assange says:

    Not suprisingly, Julian Assange doesn’t give two-fifths of a half eaten shit about VFX.

    Not to discount the VFX fight. But the picture is much bigger than VFX here. I just think it’s weird that nowhere in this thread is anyone suprised by the actual allegations the man made about the organization itself.

    • sumatra says:

      when The Carlyle Group bought the foundry, I think is clear fro everyone that the vfx is not art, or any link with the artistic world.
      IS JUST INSTITUTIONALIZED CORRUPTION! Government involved in pyramidal games.
      Take the money and RUN!

  16. Marrkymarc says:

    Hey! Mr Assange! Can you and wikileaks also dig into the collosal coordinated cyber attacks against vfxheaven that pulled the plug for it? The people need these conspiracies exposed.

  17. Hilton Assange says:

    Hoe dem pixels…bitches

  18. ??? says:

    What happened? Why isn’t VFX Soldier posting anymore?

  19. Ivor Biggun says:

    You can’t beat the Hollywood studio system. You can’t beat the banks or government officials who collaborate with them. Enjoy your slavery sheeple bitchez!

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