Nickelodeon has announced their plans to expand on the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender with the establishment of Avatar Studios. The newly formed content division of Nickelodeon was created to develop original animated projects based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise, which includes a spin-off series titled The Legend of Korra.
The first project that will be developed under Avatar Studios is a currently untitled original animated theatrical film. Projects made under Avatar Studios will debut in theaters and on platforms such as Paramount + and Nickelodeon’s own linear and digital distribution platforms.
The original creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, DiMartino, and Konietzko, have signed on to serve as co-chief creative officers of Avatar Studios, reporting to Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation. Brian Robbins, president, ViacomCBS Kids & Family:
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.
This is what DiMartino had to say about Avatar Studios in an open letter:
I try to be like an Air Nomad and adapt. I do my best to go with the flow, no matter what obstacle is put in my way. But even an Air Nomad knows when it’s time to cut their losses and move on.
Avatar: The Last Airbender, known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang in some regions, is an animated television series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, with Aaron Ehasz as head writer. It aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons, from February 2005 to July 2008. Avatar is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people can manipulate one of the four elements—water, earth, fire, or air—with telekinetic variants of the Chinese martial arts known as “bending”. The only individual who can bend all four elements, the “Avatar”, is responsible for maintaining harmony between the world’s four nations, and serves as the bridge between the spirit world and the physical world. The show is presented in a style that combines anime with American cartoons, and relies on the imagery of mainly East Asian culture, with some South Asian, New World, and Inuit and Sireniki influences.
The Legend of Korra (also known as Avatar: The Legend of Korra) is an animated television series created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino for Nickelodeon. A sequel to Konietzko and DiMartino’s previous series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired from 2005 to 2008, the series is animated in a style strongly influenced by anime. The Legend of Korra ran for 52 episodes (“chapters”), separated into four seasons (“books”), from April 14, 2012 to December 19, 2014. It has been continued as a comics series.