The Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise is in store for a major expansion. Paramount and Nickelodeon have announced the launch of Avatar Studios, a division designed to create original content set in the world of the animated series.
The studio will create new original content spanning animated series and movies based on the franchise. The first project is an animated theatrical film set to start production later this year.
Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the original creators and executive producers, will run the studio as co-chief creative officers, reporting to the President of Nickelodeon Animation, Ramsey Naito. Avatar Studios will produce content for Paramount+, Nickelodeon, third-party platforms, and theatrical releases.
Brian Robbins, President of ViacomCBS Kids & Family, released the following statement concerning the announcement,
“Avatar: The Last Airbender and Korra have grown at least ten-fold in popularity since their original hit runs on Nickelodeon, and Ramsey Naito and I are incredibly excited to have Mike and Bryan’s genius talent on board to helm a studio devoted to expanding their characters and world into new content and formats for fans everywhere. Creator-driven stories and characters have long been the hallmarks of Nickelodeon, and Avatar Studios is a way to give Mike and Bryan the resources and runway to open up their imaginations even more and dive deeper into the action and mythology of Avatar as we simultaneously expand upon that world and the world of content available on Paramount+ and Nickelodeon.”
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