After the premiere of “The Interview” was canceled, Sony received serious criticism from moviegoers, Hollywood’s hottest names and even President Obama. With all eyes on them, Sony did the only logical thing: hire Olivia Pope. At least, they hired Judy Smith, the inspiration behind Kerry Washington’s “Scandal” lead, according toThe Hollywood Reporter.
Hired to assist Sony with the ensuing aftermath of “The Interview” and the hack, Smith previously served as President George H.W. Bush’s deputy press secretary and started her own crisis management firm, Smith & Company. Smith has worked with high-profile clients like Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes and Michael Vick.
Following President Obama’s remarks, Sony released a statement on Friday, explaining that much of the decision was in the hands of theater owners: