Montreal New Studio for Sony Imageworks

Animation and vfx powerhouse Sony Pictures Imageworks is expanding its physical presence in Montreal with a new office, which will Create 150 New Jobs

Leading the new office will be Laura Fitzpatrick, who joined the company last year as vp of new business. Before that, she served as global managing director at vfx outfit Mr. X, where she oversaw strategic growth planning, financial oversight, and management of teams across multiple facilities.

With the company’s head office remaining in Vancouver, the expansion into Montreal will initially see an additional 150 new employees based at the new location. Imageworks currently employs over 1,000 employees across their Vancouver and Los Angeles offices.

“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,” said Michelle Grady, EVP.

Doug Oddy, previously Senior VFX Producer at Imageworks, will be promoted to VP VFX, New Business, responsible for third party VFX business development, strategic planning for long-term growth, and client engagement. Based out of the Vancouver office, 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.

Both Fitzpatrick and Oddy will report to Michelle Grady, EVP, Sony Pictures Imageworks.

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

Celebrating their expansion into Montreal, Imageworks is participating in CAFE VFX 2023, a premiere animation and VFX industry conference, where artists will present a behind-the-scenes look at Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse two weeks prior to release.

Imageworks most recently completed work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania and the Academy Award-nominated Netflix animated feature The Sea Beast. They are currently in production on, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, The Marvels and In Your Dreams.


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