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Effects firm Sony Pictures Imageworks leaving L.A. area for Canada
Effects firm Sony Pictures Imageworks leaving L.A. area for Canada

In a further blow to Southern California's visual-effects industry, Sony Pictures Imageworks is moving its Los Angeles-area headquarters to Canada. One of Hollywood's leading visual effects companies said Friday that it will move into a new facility in Vancouver that will accommodate up to 700 employees. It isn't clear how many of the company's 270 workers based in Culver City will lose their jobs, though some will be offered a chance to relocate. The announcement was met with dismay in Southern California's beleaguered visual-effects industry, which has been buffeted by the effects of outsourcing and runaway production. Although the visual effects industry was pioneered in California,...

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