OMNIV8RSE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2019 by two progressive entrepreneurs and creators, Deshawn Marks and Lonnie Jackson. Omniv8rse is a character based entertainment company that designs and develops characters through literary works, digital content, animation, film, music, live/online events and other forms of various media.
Omniv8rse Entertainment was created to inspire, educate, entertain and empower with a value proposition for: diverse characters, innovative storytelling, immersive experiences, and outstanding content. Omniv8rse strives to design characters that enlighten and bridge the cultural differences around the world. The company focuses on producing outstanding content through different forms of media with goals to build a team of global storytellers who empower the communities where they each live and work. The goal of the company is to take stories from ideation through distribution with self-redemption being the key theme. The seven (7) core lessons of redemption are used in every product to subtly help lay out a pathway for redemption which creates conscious critical thinking to provide solutions for worldwide issues.
MEET THE OWNERS
DESHAWN MARKSChief Operations Officer (COO)
DeShawn Marks is a business consultant, as well as a business and marketing manager who has helped build corporations and franchises from small to major. He has a BSBA and over 20 years in the business field allowing his contribution to the company to be vast and valuable per diversity of facets.
MODEST & HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Born & Raised, Texas
Passion: Family, community & seeing people win.
DeShawn Marks moved to Atlanta when he was 18, after spending the years previous in Texas. He committed years to the working goals of being in the music industry in ATL, which eventually led him to a record deal. DeShawn’s entrepreneurial drive did not stop there, however; he has also started a diversity of businesses, some defined through success and others still maintaining their value as lessons towards growth. Mr. Marks has contributed expertise to the Fortune 500 sector as well, gaining great corporate knowledge and experience along the way. His well-rounded business acumen spanning the spectrum from a grassroots independent start-up to mass-market commercial trade led him to earn his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. DeShawn’s journey has shown him many open doors—strengthening him through adversity with each step.
PROGRESSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
OMNIV8RSE ENTERTAIMENT, 2019 —
In 2019 DeShawn Marks partnered with Lonnie Jackson to start Omniv8rse Entertainment, a character-based entertainment company that creates and develops characters through literary works, digital content, animation, music, live events, and other forms of media. In the same year, the entertainment company acquired a legacy brand, Upyri, and in 2020 DeShawn released his clothing brand, I’m Legendary, as well as completed his first book, Grind from the Inside Out for a 2021 release.
LONNIE J JACKSON, MBAChief Executive Officer (CEO)
Lonnie Jackson is a project and business manager who has also established and helped to build both small and major brands. He has over 15 years in the business field and maintains a worldwide education, with a keen perspective of people and processes.
YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A VISION
Born & Raised, Flint, MI—
Passion: Helping people grow. Building community.
ABLE TO SEE
Lonnie Jackson was born and raised in Flint, Michigan where he was a successful athlete and student as well as an activist in his community. As a dedicated mentor for the youth, he co-founded the MOTT FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, an inner-city teenage leadership program that provided workshops emphasizing knowledge and love as tools to elevate, motivate and encourage. Lonnie then became a motivational speaker and traveled throughout the United States expounding a message based on the principles of self-determination, motivation, love, sacrifice, and discipline. Mr. Jackson knew at an early age that he had a keen vision that proved him wise beyond his years; he relates his motivation to the words of Helen Keller, The only thing worse than not being able to see, is having no vision.
Lonnie obtained three Master’s Degrees in International Business from Georgia State University, Coppead University (Brazil), and Sorbonne University (Paris). Lonnie’s international education has helped him travel the world, consulting Fortune 500 Businesses such as Lenovo, AGCO, DHL, and IHG in efficiency and sustainability. Mr. Jackson also minored in Theater at the University of Michigan and was able to use his acquired skills to act, direct and executive produce several films and plays in and around the Atlanta area.
PROGRESSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP & BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
OMNIV8RSE ENTERTAIMENT, 2019—
In 2019 Lonnie Jackson partnered with Deshawn Marks to start Omniv8rse Entertainment, a character-based entertainment company that creates and develops characters through literary works, digital content, animation, music, live events, and other forms of media. In the same year, the entertainment company acquired a legacy brand, Upyri, and in 2021 Lonnie looks to release his first book, The 7 principles.