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Sony Pictures Imageworks Expands to Montreal, Laura Fitzpatrick and Doug Oddy Promoted


Sony Pictures Imageworks, the Academy Award ® winning visual effects and animation company, who recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is expanding its presence to Montreal, Canada.

Leading the new office will be Laura Fitzpatrick, who joined the company in 2022 as VP, New Business.

Laura Fitzpatrick / courtesy Sony Pictures Imageworks

With the company’s head office remaining in Vancouver, the expansion into Montreal will initially see an additional 150 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, Executive Vice President.

Doug Oddy, previously Senior VFX Producer at Imageworks, will be promoted to Vice President 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.

Doug Oddy / courtesy Sony Pictures Imageworks

Both Fitzpatrick and Oddy will report to Michelle Grady, Executive Vice President, 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.

The new office will be located in a permanent state-of-the-art space in the Old Montreal area.

The studio is recruiting for all roles inducing, production professionals, artists, and technology experts.

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 is uniquely positioned as its artists are capable of high-end ground-breaking CG features and large scale live-action VFX projects. 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. They are currently in production on, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, The Marvels, and In Your Dreams.

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