Photo-Oliva_Jay

Jay Oliva

Founder / CEO

An animation industry veteran since 1996, Jay’s crafted storyboards for Spider-Man, Winnie the Pooh, and everything in between. 

He’s directed a dozen animated films for both Marvel and DC as well as the acclaimed Young Justice series, in addition to teaching the “Cinematic Storyboard” class at Loyola Marymount University that ushered in a generation of talent to the industry.  

In 2012, Jay was recruited by Zack Snyder to storyboard the DC Cinematic Universe beginning with Man of Steel.  

With decades of experience under his belt, Jay founded Lex and Otis, LLC in 2018 to share his unique passion and vision with the world.

David Hartman

Producer / Supervising Director

Dave does it all. The award-winning Illustrator, Director, Producer, and Character Designer has 20+ years in entertainment, including as Director on the live-action horror film Phantasm: Ravager and animated music videos for Rob Zombie, as well as VFX Supervisor for the cult film Bubba Ho-Tep.

Photo-Hartman_Dave
Photo-Lozinski_Chris

Christopher Lozinski

President of Post Production and Editorial

Chris combines strong technical knowledge of the post production process with a love of storytelling. At Warner Brothers he was involved in remastering classics like The Wizard of Oz before becoming Lead Editor for the entire DC Animated Universe, cutting over 30 films including Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Death of Superman.

Jojo Aguilar

Creative Director

An Art Director who knows no bounds, Jojo has designed characters, backgrounds, and everything else for dozens of animated series and features, CG projects, video games, and theme park attractions.  On many projects Jojo has been first to create the “Look of Picture,” including Tron: Uprising and Green Eggs and Ham.

Photo-Aguilar_Jojo
Photo-Nichols_Will

Will Nichols

Art Director

From his beginning as a Concept Designer in video games, Will transitioned to animation in 2010 where he developed and designed backgrounds and characters for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as other 2D and 3D shows.

Kendall Deacon Davis

LEAD WRITER

As Lead Writer at Lex and Otis, Kendall oversees development of IPs from pitch to final form for projects like ARK: The Animated Series, RAID: Shadow Legends, and a library of others. Kendall has 10+ years of experience at the intersection of storytelling and technology, including his work creating the story for Tencent’s billion-dollar franchise, Honor of Kings, and as writer for Xbox’s Halo 4.
Photo-KENDALL_DEACON_DAVIS
Photo-JAMES_BALDANZI

James Baldanzi

LINE PRODUCER / DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
James is a determined, tenacious go-getter. With 15 years in VFX and 3D animation, garnering 2 Emmy nominations and one win, he produced such hits as The Flash, Titans, Homeland, Ray Donovan, and Mythic Quest. He oversaw the ground-breaking facial capture for Rockstar’s LA Noire, then served as Director of Production at Encore VFX where he helped build a department from 11 to over 200 employees and multiple satellites.

Cory Gustke

LINE PRODUCER / DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER

For twenty years, Cory’s produced for the biggest names in entertainment — Marvel, Warner Brothers, the NFL — on dozens of projects, from animation milestones like Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, to live events like The Marvel Experience, to bleeding-edge video games (in VR!). With his background as an artist and writer, Cory’s knack is for merging the entire project to maximize the fiscal and the creative.

Photo-CORY_GUSTKE
Photo-SHERRY_GUNTHER_SHUGERMAN

Sherry Gunther Shugerman

LINE PRODUCER /DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER

Sherry is a two-time Emmy-Award winning producer, studio executive, and entrepreneur. Producing such hits as The SimpsonsFamily GuyRugrats, and Looney Tunes, Sherry has also headed up top studios and production divisions for major studios including Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, and Hannah Barbera Cartoons during the launch of The Cartoon Network with Dexter’s LaboratoryJohnny BravoPowerPuff Girls, and more. 

Lee Rudnicki

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS

Twenty-two years of experience in transactional law helps Lee closes deals in a manner that leaves all parties feeling respected and primed to work together. In addition to his legal background, Lee produced the film Death Ride in 2006, becoming Vice President of Business Affairs for Eleven Arts, then wrote and directed the US/Japanese/Italian short film Fleur. In 2016 he became counsel and producer for the film US/Italian film Wonderwell, starring Carrie Fisher.

image
Photo-Wes

Wes Gleeson

Voice over Artist

Wes Gleason has worked in the Voice Over industry since 2004. He started his career in voice directing with video games and has directed several award-winning titles from developers including Bethesda, Obsidian, Ubisoft, Arkane, Tango, Bungie, and Warner Bros. Interactive.  In addition to his game directing, Wes works in animation as a Casting & Voice Director for studios like Warner Bros., Universal, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, Amazon, and Netflix.