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.
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
‐Extensive IP Libraries
‐Production & Distribution Partnerships
‐Script-to-screen Production Capabilities
Launched Lion Forge Comics — a graphics literature publisher focused on championing new perspectives.
Officially launched Lion Forge Animation and our first release, Hair Love nationwide.
Hair Love wins an Academy Award for “Best Animated Short”. Full-length series acquired by HBO Max.
“…in order to create something universal, you must pay very great attention to the specific.”
~ Lorraine Hansbury
MEET THE TEAM
David Stewart 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.
President & cO-fOUNDER
Career includes 20 years in media creation, working with high-profile clients to produce a variety of different types of content, from comic books to broadcast animated series, toys and video games.
Executive Producer/ dEVELOPMENT
Experienced Executive Producer focused on the development and production of screen content.
Executive Creative Director
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.
Digital, Multi-Media, New Technologies, Content Developer, and senior level creative executive with more than 30 years of entertainment business experience.
Creative producer with independent filmmaking experience.
Has worked in both
commercial and entertainment production, and specializes
in 2D animation for episodic
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT / RETAIL PARTNERSHIPS
hEAD OF sTUDIO (aRGENTINA)
sENIOR cREATIVE dIRECTOR
Story Artist with strong film language and pop culture
familiarity who creates
concept-driven, visually compelling design. Engages
audiences through strong research and collaboration.
Experienced production manager who helped build Lion Forge Labs before moving over to animation. Has a passion for history and cultural storytelling, particularly using new and innovative techniques.