About us

We create content that challenges expectations and reflects the diversity of our audience.

Lion Forge Animation (“LFA”) is a leading Black-owned, full service animation studio that sources, acquires, develops, and produces authentic diverse content for global distribution. Founded in 2019, LFA is a self-financed flexible platform with an established content library. LFA is well-positioned and uniquely equipped to create, drive, and deliver genuine diverse stories to an increasing audience demand fueled by broad-based content consumption and social forces.

Lion Forge Animation accomplishes its mission through targeting under-served audiences, exploring new genres, and offering fresh perspectives – as demonstrated through the success of our first production, the Academy Award winning animated short “Hair Love”.

LFA’s goal is to bring moving, authentic stories to the world that challenge expectations. Whether fostered internally or through partnership with top talent, LFA develops enriching content by showcasing a variety of unique voices and experiences. By partnering with distributors, broadcasters and streaming platforms around the world LFA creates, realizes and produces authentic and exciting content.

Lion Forge Animation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polarity.

Capabilities

LFA is a full service animation studio that has the best in class creative and production teams at the heart of its studio.

Programmatic Pipeline for Developing and Sourcing IP

Internal Development:

‐Extensive IP Libraries

‐Original concepts

External Sourcing:

‐Global relationships

‐Production & Distribution Partnerships

Production Servicing:

‐Script-to-screen Production Capabilities

 

“…in order to create something universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific.”

~ Lorraine Hansbury

LION FORGE LEADERSHIP


David StewarD II
Founder & CEO

Founded transmedia studio The Lion Forge, LLC, beginning with a digital-first publishing model in 2011, and a vision to create “comics for everyone.” Couples authentic voices with the highest quality comics, games and animation.


Saxton Moore
Vice President of Production

Professional two-time Emmy nominated Animation Director/ Creative Visionary. Possesses 20+ years of experience producing animated content for the biggest entertainment groups in the US.


Neely Shamam
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

An experienced creative executive with over 15 years of developing, producing, and programming quality content for an array of platforms. An executive producer with a penchant for unique storytelling and a keen eye for talent and what works.


Matt Heath
HEAD OF STUDIO FINANCE AND CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS

Matt brings experience in banking and entertainment.He leads our studio financing opportunities and manages our overall content partnerships.

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Caroline Manalo
Producer

Creative producer with independent filmmaking experience.
Has worked in both
commercial and entertainment production, and specializes
in 2D animation for episodic
TV.


Chrystal Williams
LINE PRODUCER

A results oriented “passionate” professional with over 20 years proven track record of commended performance in strategic planning and development of multimillion dollar business operations with specific focus in the Television Entertainment Industry.


Dawud Anyabwile
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ANIMATION

An Emmy award winning illustrator with 25+ years of experience as a graphic novel/comic book artist, storyboard and character/background designer for television and film. He is also the co-creator and illustrator of the critically acclaimed comic book series entitled, “Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline.”


DARNELL JOHNSON
Assistant Director, Animation

An experienced visual storyteller who hopes to tell stories that move you, by telling the truth.Darnell has worked on multiple noted properties, most recently Spider-man: Across The Spider-Verse (part one).
 
 


Jeremy Colfer
Creative Executive

Creative executive and producer with more than 15 years of experience developing live-action and animated original series for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.


Carl Reed
Executive Producer

A producer leading several key properties, former CCO of Lion Forge Animation.Career includes experience in media creation, and client work to produce a variety of different types of content, from comic books to broadcast animated series, toys and video games.


Deena Boykin
Producer

Over 18 years of experience in developing, launching, and promoting entertainment brands at retail. Proven track record of penetrating new markets, closing deals, and growing market shares.




Jimmy Thomas
Executive Producer

Digital, Multi-Media, New Technologies, Content Developer, and senior level creative executive with more than 30 years of entertainment business experience.


Patricio Yamus
hEAD OF sTUDIO (aRGENTINA)

Leads a diverse, global team to provide animation and production services to international clients in advertising, private equity, brands, and animation production
worldwide.


Ariel Yamus
sENIOR cREATIVE dIRECTOR

Experienced creative director who specializes in developing original designs, illustrations, 2D and 3D animation, as well as new technologies in VR, AR, mobile apps and video games.


Scot Terry
Creative dIRECTOR

Versatile creative that excels in art design, illustration, product design, and 3D design. An engaging art director with toy industry experience, and a master of design software with excellent vendor relations.
 


Laurel Kratz
Production Coordinator

Manages creative teams and asset development through passionate leadership and organization. Founder and producer of festivals that inspire innovative storytelling and connect artists across animation, film, and game design.


stanley Chen
Story Art

Story Artist with strong film language and pop culture
familiarity who creates
concept-driven, visually compelling design. Engages
audiences through strong research and collaboration.


John Elliott
Director Animation Operations

Over 15 years in Talent Management representing actors, writers, directors and stand-up comics. Experienced in overseeing clients careers and guiding them in the creative process to develop material from concept to completion with an eye towards comedy.