Lion Forge Animation is expanding its leadership, fast. The St. Louis, Missouri studio has announced seven hires to its executive and creative teams.
They are Saxton Moore (executive creative director), Ariel Yamus (senior creative director), Patricio Yamus (studio head and executive producer, Lion Forge Animation Argentina), along with four executive producers: Jimmy Thomas, Lina Foti, Ray Brown, and Deena Boykin. See below for more information about them.
Launched in 2019 by David Steward II (image at top), Lion Forge is one of the rare animation studios owned by an African American — and the only one of those that has an Oscar, which it won last year for co-producing the short Hair Love. It is currently expanding the film into a series for HBO Max called Young Love.