We’ve been there.

Built by a team that has delivered tens of
thousands of shots for Academy Award-winning
films and Super Bowl spots, we understand that
you’re only as good as your people.

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We built Hotspring to close the gap between clients and artists globally, allowing companies to find the best talent and build the flexible production models required for the next generation of content creation.


Jon Mason

Co-Founder & CEO

Prior to starting Hotspring, Jon was the co-founder and CEO of Trace VFX, one of the world’s largest VFX vendors with over 1,000 full-time staff based in Mumbai. Over 7 years, Jon built Trace into an industry-standard brand for quality and consistency before exiting to Technicolor, a publicly-traded media, entertainment, and technology company.


Varun Parange

Co-Founder, COO & Product

Varun was co-founder and COO at Trace VFX, and prior to that, Product Manager at ServiceChannel, an Accel backed software platform. At ServiceChannel, Varun managed the development of the online vendor discovery product Fixxbook, a platform for connecting contractors with facility managers used by numerous Fortune 100 companies.


Ben Stallard

Ben Stallard

Managing Director, Media and Entertainment

Ben has 25 years’ experience in the VFX industry with over a decade at The Mill, including 6 years as Head of Production and most recently as Group Production Director and Executive Board member. Leveraging his extensive network, Ben founded Artclubvfx, a start-up VFX outsourcing business based in London before joining the team at Hotspring.


Arvind Kumar

Arvind Upadhyay

Head of Operations

Before joining Hotspring Arvind was part of the core team at Trace VFX. After getting his start cutting mattes, Arvind quickly moved up the ranks to become a 2D supervisor – managing a team of over 400 staff and overseeing the QC of thousands of shots a year. He now leads operations at Hotspring, identifying and collaborating with our network of creative talent around the world.



Mayumi Boruah

Production Manager

Mayumi has held various production roles both in India and abroad. Through the years she has worked across the spectrum of production in VFX and animation – producing commercials at Trace VFX, animation at Reliance, and film at Gener8 in Vancouver. With an MBA to boot, Mayumi now manages the production team at Hotspring helping clients around the world connect to great talent.



Steven Marolho

Business Development – Asia Pacific

Steven has over 20 years of experience in entertainment & advertising production working across the globe – having spearheaded business for Smoke & Mirrors, Digital Domain and 7 years at MPC across China & the US. Steven has built a trusted reputation in the VFX industry driven by his passion to facilitate the creative process and deliver great work.


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