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Charles Sipkins is a public relations "crisis specialist" executive formerly employed as Sony Pictures Entertainment's "senior communications executive". He was hired by Sony co-chair Amy Pascal in 2013, in a move called by Adweek a "sign of descent into desperation", and dismissed by her in 2014. Her email sacking Sipkins was exposed in the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack. Sipkins was replaced by Judy Smith.
After reviewing the leaked Sony emails, Gawker called his influence over The New York Times's entertainment reporting on Sony's behalf "unsettling".
Sipkins was involved in an earlier email related exposé reported by Los Cerritos Community News in November, 2012. In the 2012 incident, documents obtained under California's Freedom of information law were purported to show Sipkins, then working for PR firm Sard Verbinnenn, communicating with the Los Angeles County CEO's press secretary who was attempting to discredit the newspaper. The paper called the actions "disturbing, and possibly violating public policy".
- Cunningham, Todd (August 28, 2013). "Sony Pictures Names Crisis Specialist Charles Sipkins to Senior PR Post". The Wrap.
- Coffee, Patrick (August 29, 2013). "Sony Pictures Hires PR Crisis Expert To Lead Communications Team". Adweek.
- Christopher Palmeri and Lucas Shaw (December 12, 2014). "'Fire Your P.R. Guy' E-Mail Sends Sony Exec Out the Door". Bloomberg Business.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
- Andrew Gumbel and Tracy McVeigh (December 20, 2014), "Sony calls in celebrity spin doctor to limit fallout from The Interview", The GuardianCS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
- Biddle, Sam (December 16, 2014). "How Sony Gets Its Way With the New York Times". Gawker.
- Owens, Simon (April 23, 2015), "Sony executives ordered edits to Wikipedia pages", The Daily Dot
- Brian Hews and Randy Economy (November 15, 2012), "LA County CEO's Office Engaged in Aggressive Media Campaign to Discredit LCCN Article", Los Cerritos Community News, Cerritos, CaliforniaCS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
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