The South Korea government says a man who defected from North Korea last year was a senior-level officer in the Reconnaissance General Bureau, the elite military spy organization that the FBI holds responsible for “overseeing” the 2014 hack attack against Sony. The RGB handles cyberwarfare for Pyongyang and is one of the key units of the North Korean People’s Army. “It is a particularly nasty operation,” ex-CIA analyst Bruce Klingner told CNN today. “It’s not only involved in gathering intelligence … it’s also involved in all of the terrorist kind of operations.” The South Korean government described the RGB official as the highest-level military official ever to defect from North Korea, and said he has been granted political asylum. South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that he already has revealed secrets regarding the espionage activities of his former agency. No news on whether he has provided any information on the Sony hack attack, which North Korea had denied involvement with.
International indie sales veteran Ruzanna Kegeyan has joined Arclight Films as EVP Sales and Acquisitions. She most recently served as President of Synchronicity Entertainment, the vanguard division of the Solution Entertainment Group. In addition to overseeing worldwide sales and acquisitions for the company, Kegeyan handled sales for key territories. There she worked with such films as Cooties, How to Make Love Like an Englishman and November Man. Prior to joining Synchronicity and Solution, Kegeyan was EVP Sales and Acquisitions at IM Global, where she was instrumental in acquiring and selling the horror smash Paranormal Activity, and spent five years as SVP International Distribution at Syndicate Films International/Yari Film Group. “The addition of Ruzanna to our team elevates the status of Arclight Films and increases our global outreach capabilities exponentially,” said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films. “She brings an immense amount of knowledge and resources to the table including a powerful focus as well as connections in all major markets, from North America to China and beyond.”