Tim Sarnoff, of Sony Pictures Imageworks (and before that Warner Bros. Animation), is departing the company.
Tim Sarnoff, the longtime topper of Sony Pictures Imageworks, has ankled the vfx and animation shop.
Sarnoff joined SPI in 1997 and has been president since 1997. He led the company as it became one of the major CGI shops in the industry, doing both high-end visual effects and feature animation.
A Sony spokesperson said Sarnoff will not be replaced ... [He] becomes the second top exec to exit Sony's digital production units in less than a year ...
Sarnoff announced his departure to employees at SPI's Culver City HQ on Wednesday afternoon.
Tim and I butted heads over the years, probably inevitable because he was focused on cutting costs and I was concerned about protecting TAG members, their pay, and their jobs.
But I'm never happy when somebody loses their job, no matter who they are. Sony, like most companies these days, is hurting and looking for places to cut. But I'm sure Tim will land someplace else. Entertainment execs usually do.