DreamWorks Animation Inks Collaboration Deal With Makers of 'The Legend of Korra'
South Korea's Studio Mir will create a 78-part TV series with the animation giant
DreamWorks Animation will launch a TV cartoon series with South Korea's Studio Mir, best known for the popular cable TV animation The Legend of Korra.
Studio Mir announced Thursday that it inked a pact with the Hollywood giant to create 78-episode series over the next four years.
DreamWorks Animation's television production head Mark Taylor and director Joaquim Dos Santos visited Korea from Aug. 11-14 to close the deal. "The contract with DreamWorks is meaningful because we will be working as equal partners," said Yoo Jae Myung, founder and executive producer of Studio Mir.
Previously a large portion of DreamWorks' Turbo was produced in Korea.
"The animation industry here in Korea is growing very rapidly and is becoming a very important force in the country and also in the rest of the world," Jeffrey Katzenberg said while visiting Korea last year, during which the DreamWorks Animation CEO met Korean president Park Geun-hye to discuss possible collaborations.
Details about the animation have yet to be revealed, according to a Studio Mir spokesperson, but it will most likely be produced in 2D.
The Legend of Korra, a 2D martial arts fantasy, has received high ratings on Nickelodeon. Its premiere averaged 4.5 million viewers, becoming the network's most watched animated series in three years. In July, the Korean studio was invited to unveil the third season of the series at Comic-Con 2014.
Sept. 17, 6:53 a.m. Updated with additional information from DreamWorks. The two studios will collaborate for one series, not four.