Sony Pictures Imageworks Promotes Michelle Grady To President

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Michelle Grady has been upped to President of Sony Pictures Imageworks. She was previously, EVP Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Grady’s promotion comes in the wake of Sony Pictures Imageworks work on the blockbuster hit, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse which grossed $690M. Together with the first movie, which Sony Pictures Imageworks worked on, the Oscar winning 2018 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the franchise counts $1.07 billion.

During Grady’s tenure at Sony Pictures Imageworks, the division has worked on the Oscar nominated, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, The Sea Beast, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, among many others.  

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Grady has spent over 20 years in the VFX and post-production industry in Vancouver, Canada. She joined Imageworks from the visual effects studio MPC, where she served as head of film, managing projects including Suicide Squad, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Godzilla, Maleficent and the Oscar winning Life of Pi.

Prior to MPC, Grady was VP and general manager at Technicolor, overseeing a 35mm film laboratory, digital post production and VFX divisions. She is Chair of the Animation & VFX Alliance of BC, Vice Chair of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA), and Executive Committee Member of Creative BC.

Below is the email to staff from Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group Chairman and CEO, Tom Rothman about Grady:

Dear colleagues,

I am delighted to share that Michelle Grady has been promoted to President of Sony Pictures Imageworks. 

Under Michelle’s leadership for the last seven years, Imageworks has become the most innovative and ground-breaking visual effects and animation facility in the world, renowned for its work on first of their kind CG features and large scale live-action VFX projects. Michelle and her talented team contributed greatly to the phenomenal success of Sony Pictures Animation’s visually spectacular Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which has won the hearts of critics and audiences around the world and earned nearly $690 million globally. 

With the studio’s headquarters in Vancouver, an office in Culver City, and its recent expansion into Montreal as well as a growing repertoire of films – including Academy Award winning film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the Academy Award nominated films The Mitchells vs. the Machines and The Sea Beast, and Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3 – Michelle is well positioned to further Imageworks’ remarkable growth and continue to break new ground.

Please join me in congratulating Michelle.


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