Pirated 'Hateful Eight' Screener Traced Back To Hollywood Executive, Claims He's Innocent

Stephen Jordan

Pirated copies of Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight, Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant, and more found their way online earlier this week. The Hollywood Reporter just landed an exclusive scoop, one that says a copy of Tarantino's Hateful Eight leak has been linked to Andrew Kosove, a top Hollywood executive and co-CEO of the production-finance company Alcon Entertainment.

"I've never seen this DVD," Kosove tells the Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview. "It's never touched my hands. We're going to do more than cooperate with the FBI. We're going to conduct our own investigation to find out what happened."

The screener of the film that Kosove claims he never touched was signed for by an office assistant, which later leaked online to several file-sharing websites. Despite Kosove's claims, the FBI, working with The Weinstein Company, pinpointed the source of the leak to Kosove's copy, due to a watermark on the disc that was sent to him.

— Mavoy Music (@MavoyOfficial) December 21, 2015

FBI agents are visiting Alcon's Century City headquarters Tuesday to determine the chain of custody of the DVD and who is responsible for its uploading. Alcon is cooperating fully in the investigation. Kosove issued a public statement.

"The Screener copy of The Hateful Eight that was sent to me at Alcon Entertainment never touched my hands nor was I aware that it had been delivered. In addition to cooperating with the FBI, we are going to conduct our own investigation to find out what happened. Piracy is a threat to our entire industry and as filmmakers we will not tolerate such illegal and despicable behavior."

In any event, there were between 200,000 and 600,000 downloads of the film, depending on a number of differing reports, on the very first day it leaked online. Physical pirated copies of Hateful Eight have even been seen being sold on street corners in China and other markets.

— Steven Hall (@StevenHallDOP) December 21, 2015