Desperately Seeking Bulgarian Programmers

As big IT companies flood the region, skilled workers are getting harder to find

Wanted: programmers. Chance to inhale a whiff of Hollywood, dream up special effects for films, and make decent money to boot. Sounds like a pretty good gig, especially in Sofia, the bleak capital of Bulgaria, the poorest country in the European Union. But Los Angeles-based Nu Image, which operates a low-cost production center in Sofia, isn't exactly facing a stampede of computer grads to help it digitally enhance films such as the latest Rambo sequel. In fact, Scott Coulter, visual effects producer for Nu Image, says his help-wanted ads sometimes get zero response. "I'm having a hell of a time," he says.

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