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bringing stories to life.

Saffronic is a global community of award-winning Filmmakers, VFX Artists, and Creative Technologists with decades of experience across the media, entertainment, gaming, advertising, and creative industries. We were founded in 2022 by Tim Sarnoff, former Deputy CEO and President Production Services at Technicolor, and Vince Pizzica, former Technicolor CTO and Chief Strategist. 
Powered by differentiated technology and leading creative artists, Saffronic serves the exploding media, entertainment, games, and advertising sector worldwide. With a focus on artist empowerment and a commitment to excellence, Saffronic aims to leave a lasting impression on audiences everywhere. 

bringing stories to life

Saffronic is a creative and nimble production partner that produces impactful and meaningful content in the Feature film, TV series, Gaming, and Tech Industries. We have a dedicated in-house R&D team constantly searching for new tools and methodologies to make our work better and more efficient. We love what we do and are collectively dedicated to bringing that passion to the screen.

Meet The Team

Joint co-founder

Tim Sarnoff

In a career spanning over 30 years, Tim has also held senior positions at Technicolor, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures. Tim acts in an advisory role to both the Saffronic Board and Saffronic Senior Leadership.

Executive Creative Director

Kevin Johnson

Kevin boasts an illustrious career spanning over three decades in the Animation Industry. His visionary expertise has left an indelible mark on numerous international Animated TV shows, Series, and Movies.

Creative Director


An industry leader since 1996, Chandru has contributed to numerous award-winning Animation TV series, TV Commercials, Corporate Videos, Games, and Feature Films. Proficient across all facets of Animation filmmaking, he has lent his expertise from script conceptualization to final screen execution.

Head of Lighting and Compositing

Yuvaraj Shanmugham

Yuvaraj has 22+ years of experience across various international Animated TV shows, DVDs, movies, and TV commercials. Yuvaraj was awarded a Visual Effects Society Award for outstanding Composting & Lighting.

IT & Infra Head

John Kennedy

John has over 25 years in IT and IT operations, beginning his career as an engineer. John ensures the seamless functioning and operational excellence of Saffronic’s IT systems and infrastructure.

Joint Co-founder

Vince Pizzica

Vince holds board and advisory positions in several advertising, streaming and technology companies including advising Saffronic at both senior leadership and board level.


Sally Toms

Sally has spent the last 25+ years in Delivery and Operations for publishing, advertising, technology and animation companies. She loves problem solving and she loves cats.

Studio Director

Kumar Chandrasekaran

Kumar has 26+ years of Animation experience with a decade of expertise within the gaming sphere. He has contributed to numerous AAA game titles, animation features and series. Kumar’s versatile skill set spans across various roles, encompassing artistic, technical, and production domains.

Creative Head – Animation

Dipika Das

Dipika comes with an impressive tenure of 18+ years in the animation industry and has been a creative driving force behind many animated TV shows and feature films.

Supervising Producer

Varma Ramakrishna

Varma has over 15 years’ experience and brings forth a portfolio comprising over 20 TV shows crafted comprehensively from Assets to final Animation for major global studios. His expertise lies in Episodic Production, steering end-to-end processes for numerous shows and collaborating with teams to deliver remarkable and renowned series.

Head of HR – APAC

Jimmy Kuriakose

Jimmy has 22 years of experience in strategic and operational human resource management. Jimmy’s expertise extends across a diverse spectrum of industries, encompassing Education, Manufacturing, IT/ITES, Media, Entertainment, and Technology.

Senior VP
Business Development

Kristy Scanlan

During her 20+ year career, Kristy has held senior-level positions in business development, production, and development.  She’s a member of the Producers Guild of America, ASIFA, the Themed Entertainment Association and was formerly Co-President of Women in Animation.

Studio Director

Prabhakar Samabandan

Throughout Prabhakar’s 26-year career, he has contributed to the creation of numerous globally recognized animated television programs, including several Emmy-winning series. Well-known for his outstanding leadership, he has led teams of more than a thousand creative people and made a substantial contribution to the the industry.

Creative Head – Games

Gonnabattula BhanuPrakash

With over 15 years of experience, Bhanu has expertise in delivering international games and animated TV shows. Bhanu’s hands-on experience in Asset and Animation design has been instrumental in shaping immersive gaming experiences.


Sathish Kumar

With over 24 years in the Animation industry and 12+ years heading Assets, Sathish’ contributions extend to 25+ TV Shows, 7 DVDs, 3 movies and handful of Commercials. Sathish excels as Key Frame Animator, Lighter, Hair/Fur Artist, Modeling Supervisor, Project Manager, Asset-supervisor, and Department Director.

Head of Pipeline – CG

Mani Ramachandran

Mani has over 24 years’ experience and orchestrates technology solutions for each show, aligning technical aspects with creative aspirations while adhering to budgets. His expertise in constructing efficient CG pipelines ensures timely delivery while reducing manual intervention in file flow and management.

Our Culture

At Saffronic we work hard and create with passion. We genuinely care about each and every team member in our studio – to us they are family.

When you work with us, you too are family both inside and outside the studio. Together we create art, celebrate wins, support each other and make sure every voice is heard.

Saffronic Studio

SBD 2, Floor 2
No 138 Old Mahabalipuram Road Sholinganallur
Elcot Sez, Semmancheri
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600119, India