We are a tight team of seasoned creatives, with experience in concept development, scripting, art direction, photography, design, production, animation, VFX, sound, and editorial. We’ve also curated an exceptional network of talent from around the world to pull in on specialized projects—if you’re looking for a specific style or expertise in a particular technique.
Everyone we work with has the same goal: creating premium strategic content for brands that want results. It’s what we love to do and we have a ton of fun doing it.
Curt has always enjoyed building things. At an early age he was the designated model and train set builder in his bedroom. When he was 10, he dubbed himself as the neighborhood handyman and left homemade business cards on everyone’s doorstep. His passion for creating drove him to earn a B.A. in Business, Entrepreneurial Studies from WWU. During college, he explored the architectural world, acting as chief model builder for John Stewart Architects, but his experience with Lincoln logs was not enough. Curt moved on to grow small opportunities and companies into bigger ones and was involved in everything from manufacturing, to banking, Internet, and software. For 15 years he absorbed every lesson and acted on every opportunity, waiting for the right time to build his own company. In 2002, he saw an opening, met with his brother, and together Merit/Andrew was born. A place where imagination has no limit and creativity has no end.
Curt Fleming | CEO / Partner
A So Cal native, Scott ventured north of the border for film school. Practicing his accent and overusing the phrase, “eh?” he graduated from the illustrious Vancouver Film School in ‘95. While he loved the nature and persistent rain of the Pacific Northwest, the fast-paced lifestyle and opportunities in the business lured him back to his roots where he has now earned over 300 director credits for a range of projects, both big and small. When the Fleming brothers joined forces in 2002, Scott became in charge of all things directorial here at the studio.
Scott Fleming | Head of Live Action / Partner
Caroline has been telling people where to go and what to do ever since she was a young girl playing supermarket in her home. Full of energy and built with thick skin, she was born for the production life. With a B.A. in Communications from CSUF, she’s produced everything from big campaigns to small product videos. Caroline knows how to create world-class, award-winning work that moves needles and blows minds. When Merit/Andrew came together in 2002, they knew someone was missing. Caroline has been the “/” keeping them sane ever since.
Caroline Scott | Head of Production / Partner
It all started with doodles out of boredom in class. That led to weekends spent at his computer, self-learning the intricacies of design and Photoshop, which eventually took him to his dream career in animation. Wrong. What it comes down to is this: Rapp is cheap. The unwillingness to pay for college sparked his passion for animation. But hey, we’re not complaining. Over the course of 20 years his talents took him through the big shops in L.A. where he led teams on broadcast packages for the NFL, ESPN, and the X Games. Developing ideas and bringing them to fruition seemed to be his niche. Who would have thought? Rapp, a visionary. One day he and Curt crossed paths at their sons’ school and the rest is history.
Jason Rapp | Head of Animation & Design
TJ Bennett | Creative Director
Often beclad in cat-themed attire and/or Snoopy gear, TJ is pretty easy to spot in a crowd. Once you find him, you’ll discover that his love for felines and cartoon beagles is matched by a mildly unhealthy obsession with the advertising and marketing business. He spends his days feverishly concepting, copywriting and collaborating with his fellow creatives here at the studio. And he spends his nights dreaming of the same thing, except everyone is dressed like clowns and he forgot to wear pants for some reason. Rest assured he will never show up to a meeting sans trousers and will always show up with fresh ideas that make you think about your business a little differently.
With a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Arizona, Claire set her sights on an industry that could fuel her passion for both people and creativity. Her goal: corporate event planning. So it wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. That’s when marketing popped into the picture. Claire quickly rose to the top, growing small accounts and working with agencies of all sizes. Her tenacity and passion for connecting with people led her to work with clients like CA Lottery, Petco, Logitech, LG Mobile, IHOP, First American, and Coco’s/Carrows. Through working with her on several projects, we could tell she had a natural ability to manage chaos, stick to the brief, and let the creative flourish, while keeping everyone on task. Impressive. When the stars finally aligned, we claimed Claire for ourselves.
Afshin Maleki | CFO
Before taking his first step, Afshin was counting his toes. By the age of three he could count all the way to 100. In eighth grade he memorized the first 500 digits of pi, in Persian. As a student at CSUF it became clear that numbers were in his DNA. He’s a talented BMF who we snagged years ago as our CPA and CFO. We count on him for everything.