How's about a little corporate espionage to start your day?
German company Arri A former worker at German company Arri, a giant in the TV and film camera industry, has plead guilty to hacking the emails of their competitor Band Pro Film and Digital. Mmm, like espresso...
So, here's what happened. Arri, maker of the famed Arriflex cameras of old and the much-hyped Alexa cameras of new, which are used to shoot such movies as Drive, hired industry vet Michael Bravin a couple years ago. Michael had spent 15 years at Band Pro, which sells high end film and TV cameras and offers related services. Aparently , Michael somehow knew Band Pro CEO Amnon Band's password, and used it to read Band's emails. Emails from several rival camera companies were accessed during the hacking, including those of RED Digital Cinema founder Jim Jannard. At this point all we know is that they got "trade secrets," which is rather vague, but could be pretty damned important.
This wasn't a one-time thing, either; there were numerous hacks between December 2009 and June 2010. Bravin has been in Hollywood for decades, and has worked for NBC Sports amongst other major players. In accordance with his plea, he will be serving two months in jail and pay five grand plus legal fees. There's no business like show business! (except for all of the other businesses).
Update: This article previously stated that Arri itself was responsible for the hacking. The company sent us this response:
This is an absolutely wrong statement and I request that this article will be retracted or corrected.
Our company ARRI is not, and has never been part of the investigation. Michael Bravin acted alone and on his own initiative.
ARRI has a long history of quality, service and integrity in the motion picture industry.
I would ask you to give this issue immediate attention.
The article has been corrected to reflect that it was a single employee who pleaded guilty to the crime.