About Sneaks

Lengi Studios is a Columbus, OH based animation production company dedicated to creating humorous, family friendly content over a variety of mediums. What began as Ohio Film Group, the first feature film post-production house in the Midwest, has now become something bigger. We are excited to introduce our first 3D animated feature film, “SNEAKS.”

Set in a world where shoes come to life, a lonely sneaker finds himself dangling from a telephone wire, dreaming of something better. When fate finally cuts him down, he sets out on a quest for purpose through NYC, meeting a diverse cast of fellow shoes as they outwit a greedy “sneakerhead” collector.

As a unique story that embraces many areas of pop culture, “SNEAKS” has massive box office and L&M potential. We are already in conversation with hip-hop artists, NBA players, and other celebrities to fill out both our leads, and to make cameo appearances. Add to that our incredible creative team led by Teddy Newton (Pixar), and “SNEAKS” has all the ingredients for a formula for success. It is our goal to create a story that appeals to every demographic of all ages, and to tell this story with humor, heart, and adventure while speaking to how our “sneaks” can shape our identities.

The Sneaks Team

Teddy Newton

Director

Teddy Newton was born in Encino, CA, but grew up in Dana Point, along the California coastline. He was inspired by the drawings of Al Hirschfeld and early Warner Bros. animation. Teddy dropped out of CalArts in the early 90s and spent some time at Disney doing story sketch work on POCAHONTAS, FANTASIA 2000, RUNAWAY BRAIN, MULAN, and HERCULES. Teddy then moved on to Warner Bros Feature Animation and he partnered with Brad Bird on developing the story and characters for THE IRON GIANT.

This was followed by the animated (and very adult) BOYS NIGHT OUT, which Teddy wrote, co-directed and handled the art direction. It paid off as BOYS NIGHT OUT received an Annie Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short Subject.

In 2002, he joined Pixar and became the character designer for Brad Bird’s THE INCREDIBLES. Teddy also co-wrote the JACK-JACK ATTACK short based on one of his drawings of Jack-Jack that Brad loved. He partnered with Brad Bird again on RATATOUILLE and helped with character design on the amazing end credits. Teddy wrote and directed the Oscar nominated Pixar short, DAY & NIGHT, which played theatrically with TOY STORY 3. The short also won both a VES and an ANNIE for outstanding short.

Director

Teddy Newton

Harland Williams

Writer

Comedian Harland Williams is known the world over for his hilarious movie roles and outlandish comedy. From his unforgettable roles in films such as DUMB AND DUMBER, SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, HALF BAKER, ROCKETMAN, SORORITY BOYS, OWN PERISCOPE and so many more, Harland has been described as a scene stealing actor whose unique portrayals of his characters keep them etched in the minds of filmgoers everywhere.

Described as sharp, witty, unpredictable and original, these attributes are seen in Harland’s skills as a show creator, producer, writer, and voice talent. Harland is currently providing all of the above on his smash hit animated series on Disney Jr, PUPPY DOG PALS. About to launch its second season, Harland still has time to develop several other animated shows which have been sold to other major networks and will be announced in the very near future. Add to the list an animated feature film, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS, currently in development at Dreamworks Animation, and several other feature animated films on the go as well. At the top of the list is the screenplay for SNEAKS.

Writer

Harland Williams

Gil Cloyd

Producer

Gil is a graduate of The Ohio State University and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1969. From 1989 to 1997, Gil was global General Manager of P&G's Pharmaceuticals business. From 1997 to 2000, he lived in Kobe, Japan and was Vice President, Research & Development for P&G Asia. Gil returned to Cincinnati, OH in 2000 and assumed the position of Chief Technology Officer. In that capacity, he had overall functional responsibility for P&G’s Research & Development organization. This global organization numbered 9,000 employees in 28 technical centers around the globe. The range of research involved chemistry, engineering, materials science, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, biology (including biotechnology), mathematics, robotics, nutrition and electronics. During Gil’s tenure as CTO, P&G had annual organic sales growth of 5 to 7%, and R&D innovation productivity increased 100%. Gil was named Industry Week’s Tech Leader of the year in 2004.

Gil was appointed to the Board of Trustees at The Ohio State University in 2005 and served as Chairman from 2007-2009. Gil currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Innovation, Creativity, and Capital at the University of Texas, Austin, the Foundation Board of The Ohio State University, the Board of Directors of Lumos Pharma, and the Board of Trustees for Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). He was recently honored to have CCAD’s Cloyd Family Animation Center dedicated in his family name.

Producer

Gil Cloyd

Leonard Hartman

Producer

Len Hartman is an award winning screenwriter and film producer. A former academic all-American football player, Leonard is a graduate of The Ohio State University and The American Film Institute (AFI). Leonard’s feature film projects include, HOMESTEAD, which won AFI’s Richard Levinson Endowed Scholarship for Screenwriting, a Civil War era historical drama starring Matthew McConaughey, FREE STATE OF JONES, an adaptation of GOOSEBUMPS, based on R.L. Stine’s worldwide best-selling children’s book series, and an adaptation of the best selling children’s series, DRAGONOLOGY, for Universal Pictures.

Leonard is currently writing a bio-pic focused on the famous American abolitionist and statesman, Frederick Douglass, and overseeing a growing slate of live action projects in various stages of development. He is also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), alongside Gil.

Producer

Leonard Hartman

Robyn Klein

Executive Producer

With 20 years of domain experience and over 300+ motion pictures under her belt, Robyn has developed a particular expertise in the development, packaging, production, distribution, and exploitation of feature films, music, IP, brands, and all related allied, ancillary, merchandising, and subsidiary rights. Robyn routinely serves as the link between writers, producers, directors, songwriters, composers, and distributors and at the nexus where studios, agents, and talent meet.

Robyn’s career started in the corporate, copyright, and litigation practice groups of a major international law firm assisting and advising such clients as The Walt Disney Company, Porsche, and The Coca-Cola Company. Enticed by her client’s day-to-day challenges and the desire to provide integral and immediate results, Robyn has evolved from being an arms-length legal/business-advisor to a hands-on team-player who now develops packages, casts, produces, and monetizes her client’s feature, TV, streaming, and other audio-visual and related projects.

Executive Producer

Robyn Klein

Stacey Newton

Creative Executive

Stacey Newton is a creative producer that specializes in story development, animation process, and pipeline management. During her 12 years at the Pixar Animation Studios her love for story grew. There, she worked with the development team on RATATOUILLE, WALL-E, INSIDE OUT, and FINDING DORY. Her strength is bridging the ambiguity of the creative process with the reality of production deadlines. She helps storytellers get unstuck while inspiring authenticity in their work.

As a creative producer, Stacey offers an intuitive sense of truth balanced with a strong knowledge of storytelling and structure. Over the last four years her feature development partners include, Andrew Stanton, Glen Keane Productions, and Teddy Newton. Stacey also develops and consults for many clients ranging from TV, to video game, to AR projects.

Presently, Stacey is producing the animated short film, HAIR LOVE with Matthew Cherry and Sony Pictures Animation.

Creative Executive

Stacey Newton

Ricky Nierva

Character Designer

Ricky Nierva has worked in the Animation Industry for almost 25 years.

A 21 year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios, he led a team of talented artists to create the visual look of the Academy Award winning film UP. He was the production designer for MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and the lead character designer for MONSTER’S INC. He won an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Character Art Direction for FINDING NEMO. He contributed to visual development for INSIDE OUT, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, COCO, and numerous Pixar projects in development.

Nierva is also an experienced storyboard artist that has created production boards for TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS INC., UP, and a Pixar feature film currently in development.

Character Designer

Ricky Nierva

Kevin Conran

Production Designer

Kevin co-created the landmark Paramount Pictures film, SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, which starred Jude Law, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. Working as an art department of ‘one,’ the interior and exterior sets, props, vehicles, and layouts all derived from his hand. Shot entirely against blue screen, its unique design and production process paved the way for such films as SIN CITY, 300 and AVATAR. Nominated alongside HELLBOY, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, HARRY POTTER and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, Kevin received the Saturn Award for Best Costume Design. This June, Dynamite Entertainment will publish Kevin Conran’s ART OF SKY CAPTAIN.

Kevin would go on to work with DreamWorks Animation on the feature films BEE MOVIE and MONSTERS VS. ALIENS and later help develop projects for Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Sony Pictures Animation, Nickelodeon, ABC, Mattel, Cartoon Network and Disney. Returning to DreamWorks as the production designer of the award winning TV series DRAGONS - RIDERS OF BERK, Kevin was credited with helping raise the bar in televised animation. His live-action work includes; AEON FLUX, MR. MAGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM, THE MUMMY III, GI JOE 2, and television shows SUPAH NINJAS and REVENGE.

A charter member of the Art Directors Guild Technology committee, Kevin continues to be at the forefront of the new era in digital media.

Production Designer

Kevin Conran