... at least, it's now hit the news.
A company official said Wednesday that Sony Pictures Imageworks will not renew its lease in Albuquerque when it expires in July.
The Albuquerque facility integrated very successfully with the studio’s Culver City base and made significant contributions to such productions as “I Am Legend,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” “G Force,” “The Green Lantern,” “The Smurfs,” “Men in Black 3,” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the official said in an email. ...
Sony Pictures ImageWorks set up its Albuquerque outpost in 2007, when New Mexico offered tax breaks and hearts ... plus the economy ... were joyful and bouncy.
The company, we're told, is shifting willing volunteers to Vancouver, Canada. (The pursuit of tax incentives never ends.)
As always, the question of "Is all the work going away?" looms up like a thunderhead. I tend to think the answer is the same that it's been for the two decades I've been doing this:
Some of it will, much of it won't. There is a large talent pool in Southern California, and companies tend to set up shop where they can tap into large talent pools.
In any case, Sony ImageWorks Culver City will be shedding staff as some of their visual effects jobs wrap up.