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

 

2011

Launched Lion Forge Comics — a graphics literature publisher focused on championing new perspectives.

2019

Officially launched Lion Forge Animation and our first release, Hair Love nationwide.

2020

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 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.


Carl Reed
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.


Lina Foti
Executive Producer/ dEVELOPMENT

Experienced Executive Producer focused on the development and production of screen content.


Saxton Moore
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.


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.


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.


Ray Brown
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

A dynamic producer with extensive experience in film, television, and animation both domestically and abroad. Produced the 2016 feature film, The Bounce Back, starring Shemar Moore.


Deena Boykins
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT / RETAIL PARTNERSHIPS

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.


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.


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.


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.


sUSAN sORDO
PRODUCER

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.