Have to correct this: Amy Pascal was hugely successful as a SONY executive, and only the hacking scandal forced her to leave. She is one of the most respected AND liked executives around because she can be tough as nails and still does not force the creative people to do her bidding. Other executives, especially the male ones, will always exert their influence and micromanage creative people.
Sure, Nolan right now is WB´s golden boy. And DUNKIRK expanded his power position. But no one, not even Spielberg, only has hits. Nolan´s INTERSTELLAR already did not as well as expected. His projects are always risks. And at some point WB will come after Nolan and force him to do what they want. Maybe he will quit and try to get a deal at another studio. But don´t believe for a second that WB, with the current regime, is an easy place to work with. Quite the contrary. And I suspect that EON knows very well that WB has their hands full with the struggling DC universe. BOND needs a more relaxed backer, someone who will enjoy working for EON. Not force them to be underlings.
I wouldn’t even be surprised if Pascal was already looking for another executive position… maybe at Paramount.