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Chief technology officer won't make move to Vancouver

One of the open questions about Sony Imageworksmove from Culver City to Vancouver is whether its key talent will be willing to immigrate to Canada to stay with Sony.

In the case of one of Imageworks’ most prominent employees, chief technology officer Rob Bredow, the answer seems to be “No.”

Bredow is leaving Imageworks for rival Industrial Light & Magic, where he will be a visual effects supervisor. ILM is on board to be lead visual effects studio on the upcoming revival of the “Star Wars” series and is in the unusual position of having a predictable, steady stream of work for about the next decade. Therefore the company is expanding, hiring staff and making long-term investments.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Industrial Light & Magic and their renowned team of supervisors,” Bredow told Variety in an email. “It’s truly an exciting time in the company’s history with new ‘Star Wars’ films in production and so many other amazing projects currently in the works. I’m looking forward to working closely with the team and participating in filmmaking process at ILM.”

ILM’s chief creative officer, John Knoll, said: “Rob brings with him a long history of both creative and technical expertise. We have worked closely with him on the development and promotion of the Alembic open source initiative and we’re excited to add him to our ranks as ILM continues to grow worldwide.”

Bredow has long held the CTO title for Imageworks, but was an effects animator before taking that executive post. His credits include “The Polar Express,” “Stuart Little 2” and “Cast Away.” He was vfx supervisor on Sony’s animated “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.”

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