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Visual effects house Pixomondo, which won three Emmys for its dragon work on HBO’s Game of Thrones and an Oscar for its VFX work on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, is preparing to open its third studio in Canada, this time in Montreal.
The Los Angeles-based VFX house aims to take advantage of Quebec’s animation talent pool and film tax credits.
“Montreal has a lot of visual effects artists and technological architects with unprecedented talent,” Pixomondo founder and CEO Thilo Kuther said Wednesday in a statement.
The VFX house already has outposts in Vancouver and Toronto, as it expands into Montreal with a studio set to open in early 2019 and create an expected 180 jobs over three years.
“We are looking forward to tapping in to that pool and working with some of the best this city has to offer,” Kuther added.
The move into Montreal was also prompted by the Quebec government investing $100 million to create a research hub for artificial intelligence in the city. Pixomondo has its own in-house research and development for AI and machine learning technologies.
The Montreal office is set to develop cutting-edge technology for virtual reality, augmented reality, AI and previz. Mayfair Equity Partners earlier this year completed a majority investment in Pixomondo to support research in machine learning and AI to advance the company’s traditional VFX work on movies and TV shows.
Pixomondo also has studios in Frankfurt and Stuttgart in Germany, and in Beijing and Shanghai in China.
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