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Sony Pictures Imageworks Expands to Montreal

VP of New Business Laura Fitzpatrick to helm new office with Senior VP Producer Doug Oddy stepping into her shoes at the Vancouver studio; the company is currently recruiting for all positions at the new state-of-the-art facility opening in Old Montreal.

Academy Award-winning VFX and animation studio Sony Pictures Imageworks, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is expanding to Montreal, Canada, with company VP of New Business, Laura Fitzpatrick, who joined the company in 2022, taking the lead. The studio currently employs over 1,000 employees across its Vancouver and Los Angeles offices, with the new location initially adding 150 employees to its roster.

Imageworks Executive VP Michelle Grady said, "The growing VFX and animation industry coupled with the established talent base makes Montreal the perfect location for expansion and will allow Imageworks to continue to execute the diverse creative visions of our clients.”

Vancouver-based Doug Oddy, previously Senior VFX Producer at Imageworks, is being promoted to Vice President VFX, New Business, responsible for third-party VFX business development, strategic planning for long-term growth, and client engagement. Oddy recently served as VFX Producer on “In Vaulted Halls Entombed,” an episode of Netflix’s animated anthology Love Death and Robots, Jumanji: The Next Level, and Men in Black: International.

"We are thrilled that Laura has agreed to lead our Montreal office and Doug has accepted the role of Vice President, VFX, New Business,” added Grady. “Both are strategic, forward-thinking executives with decades of industry experience, and we welcome them into these new leadership roles.”

The new Montreal office, slated to be a permanent state-of-the-art space in the Old Montreal area, is recruiting production professionals, artists, and technology experts.

Imageworks is participating in CAFE VFX 2023, an animation and VFX industry conference. Imageworks’ artists will present a behind-the-scenes look at Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse two weeks before release. 

The company most recently completed work on Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, and the Academy Award-nominated The Sea Beast. In addition, the company is in production on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, The Marvels, and In Your Dreams.

Source: Sony Pictures Imageworks

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