Future Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation production – including “Angry Birds,” “Hotel Transylvania 2” and the untitled Smurfs movie — will be handled entirely in British Columbia.
Vancouver: Sony Pictures Imageworks — well known as the lead VFX house for the Spider-Man franchise including The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — is moving its headquarters from Culver City to its Vancouver operation, meaning that all future Imageworks and Sony Picture Animation production will be handled entirely under one roof in British Columbia.
As part of its plans, the company said it intends to relocate to a new 74,000 square foot space during 2015, which would have capacity for up to 700 artists.
The decision underscores the VFX industry’s retreat from California to cities such as Vancouver that are attracting Hollywood productions with generous incentives. Imageworks, which initially opened its Vancouver base in Yaletown during 2010, has been steadily growing its work force in the incentive-friendly city, while shrinking its Los Angeles presence. Randy Lake, executive vp and general manager of Sony’s digital production services unit, told The Hollywood Reporter that it would not be immediately clear how many of the Culver City staffers will choose to consider relocation.
The company currently has a smaller studio in Yaletown.
The Hollywood Reporter