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Method Studios Taps VFX Veteran Marc Weigert to Spearhead Growth

VFX industry veteran Marc Weigert will be Method Studios new president, the vfx studio announced on Monday.

The hiring is part of a larger effort by Method to build stronger relationships with studios and producers, with an eye toward growing the company and draw more feature film work. Method’s current slate includes Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” (pictured) and Fox’s “The Maze Runner.”

Weigert is co-founder and former CEO of the film production company Uncharted Territory and has worked on several mini-series and features in the past 20 years.

“His vast experience in managing and supervising large scale VFX productions, as well as building up his own company, will help Method continue to grow in reputation and scale,” Deluxe Creative Services president Stefan Sonnenfeld said in a statement.

Method also recently hired Bill Tlusty as VP of its Vancouver branch. Tlusty, formerly of Rhythm & Hues Studios, told Variety, “For me, it was sort of a perfect fit. They are committed to building on what they have and expanding where necessary but really doing it in a smart way, with an eye on efficiency and quality of work.”

The expansion and outreach come at the same time many U.S.-based vfx companies are moving to Canada as their clients demand richer tax incentives. Sony Pictures Imageworks announced in May that it was moving its headquarters to Vancouver from Culver City. Digital Domain has moved feature film shot production entirely out of its Venice, Calif. HQ to Vancouver. Industrial Light & Magic and Technicolor subsidiary Moving Picture Co. have also opened Vancouver studios. Method is no exception – its Vancouver office has grown significantly.

Method was founded in Los Angeles, but currently its Vancouver and L.A. offices, which do the majority of the company’s feature work, both have approximately 200 employees. It has nine offices in total: New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, London, Sydney and Melbourne.

Expanding internationally has helped Method hold its own among larger vfx studios, such as Double Negative, which recently merged with Prime Focus to become the world’s largest provider of visual effects, animation and 3D conversation services.

“It’s truly a global industry in a way that was maybe hard to imagine even two decades ago,” Tlusty said. “Sharing facilities across continents is really where you need to be at this point in time to be in the industry and to give the best possible work.”

Weigert’s position is effective immediately and he will be based out of Los Angeles. Tlusty said he has not made the move to Vancouver yet, but expects to do so in the near future.

For now, Tlusty said, Method continues to draw in studios and talent to create more B. O. hits.

“We are really focused on hitting those marquee shows that are at the forefront of what we do,” Tlusty said.

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