DreamWorks Animation has reached a deal with the South Korean animation studio Studio Mir to produce as many as four animated series for television over the next four years, according to the Seoul-based English language newspaper The Korea Herald. Founded in 2011 by Jae Myung Yoo, an animation director for Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, Studio Mir has handled animation production for Avatar sequel series The Legend of Korra as well as season 4 of The Boondocks.
The deal is not being framed as an outsourcing arrangement, but rather as a partnership where both parties are involved in planning and production. “The contract with DreamWorks is meaningful since we will be working as partners,” Mr. Yoo has been quoted to say, while the two sides will also reportedly be discussing methods of distribution for online and home video as well.
No details about the kind of animated series that will be produced are known, but the cartoons will use 2D animation and the plan is purportedly for each series created to amount to 78 episodes. Also notable is the fact that two men visited Korea last month to plan this initiative: DreamWorks’ television production head Mark Taylor and director Joaquim Dos Santos. Mr. Dos Santos, whose directing credits include Justice League Unlimited, the “DC Showcase” shorts, G.I. Joe Resolute, Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, has earned a reputation for storyboarding and choreographing high-quality action scenes.