Snafu Pictures is a London based Animation Production Company established by Dan Dixon & Paul Schleicher in 2020.
Dan has produced a range of creative content; from highly successful and multi-award-winning live-action shorts to full CG animation for TV drama, games and advertising. His shorts (The Stomach, Clanker Man and Urn) have been selected for over 200 festivals worldwide and featured on sites like Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die and Shudder.
He has worked for some of the leading animation and VFX studios including Axis Studios, Aardman, The Imaginarium, MPC and Framestore. Dan co-founded Snafu Pictures in 2020 and works as an EP across a slate of productions.
Paul has worked in visual effects and animation across television, film, advertising and games for nearly 20 years at some of the worlds leading studios including The Mill, Glassworks and most recently as Managing Director at Axis Studios in London.
At Axis, Paul was EP on multiple shows including two seasons of the hybrid production Happy! (SYFY/Netflix) as well as managing the studio where Lego City Adventures (Nickelodeon), as well as multiple game trailers, commercials and interactive projects, were produced. Paul is EP and co-founder of Snafu Pictures where he and Dan are producing a slate of original and work-for-hire shows.
Tony Orsten is an award-winning television director, businessman and successful chief executive, advisor and mentor. He has earned a formidable reputation working within the UK and international media industry for over 40 years. Tony has experience with working with some of the biggest names in Media, including management roles at ITV, Paramount Pictures, MTV and Andy Serkis’ The Imaginarium. Tony also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority overseeing the implementation, growth and development of twofour54, the first content creation and media support organisation in the Arab world. Tony consults on content, production, media, events, performing arts, media related training as well as immersive content such as XR, AR, MR and VR. Tony acts as an Advisor and Non-Executive Director – he is on the boards of several media companies, including training and development business Grand Scheme Media, innovative production company Wildseed Studios, animation producer Snafu Pictures and is Chair of social enterprise Sharp Futures CIC in Manchester. He also is a founder investor in Hopster, a curated pre-school children’s content and education platform.
Ross is a mega talent when it comes to production management. Having cut his teeth over eight years at Axis Studios as both a PM and Head of Production, Ross most recently managed the upcoming Netflix Feature, A Christmas Carol. He joined Snafu to help oversee Bad Dinosaurs and has quickly become a central member of the team, organising talented people to make amazing things!
Laura is our amazing Production Co-Ordinator on Bad Dinosaurs. Hailing from Spain originally, she is the glue connecting our London Studio and our animation partners in Madrid. Having graduated from the NFTS, she has a wealth of live-action experience before her first foray into animation with the team at Snafu.
Joe is an innovative creative with a focus on development in scripted production. Most recently in development with Snafu Pictures & as a Writer’s Assistant on Bad Dinosaurs. Previously a part of the BBC Early Editorial Apprenticeship at BBC Studios Comedy & a Trainee Researcher at MAMA Youth Project in the production of Sky Art’s Unmuted. I have meticulous attention to detail and thrive in roles involving script editing, development, supporting & inspiring writers, researching, clearances, continuity tracking & admin support. I have an avidity for Comedy, Drama, YA, emerging and LGBTQIA+ writing, and am eager to script edit, encouraging rich, diverse, & energetic storytelling
Claudia has a passion for animation and joined Snafu off the back of working on a number of animation productions. She is the edit assistant on Bad Dinosaurs and provides the whole studio with editorial support.
Beatriz comes from Spain, having achieved a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration there. She is the Production Accountant on our shows and comes to us via the team at We’ll Mind Your Own Business, working closely with our in-house production teams to ensure they are managed and delivered perfectly. She loves the close relationship we have with our clients and our flexibility which mirrors her own lifestyle and means she couldn’t be more proud of the values we represent and our way of working.
Tony has many years’ experience primarily focusing on creative media. He has particular expertise in dealing with contractual and intellectual property matters. His clients include those operating in the Film and TV industries, record companies, music publishers, composers and musicians, brands, book and online publishers, authors and other creatives.