Bryan Konietzko (born June 1, 1975) is an American animation director
, writer, producer and musician. He is best known, together with Michael Dante DiMartino
, as the co-creator and executive producer
of the animated series ''Avatar: The Last Airbender
'' and ''The Legend of Korra
Konietzko has worked as a character designer at Film Roman
for ''Family Guy
'' and as assistant director for ''Mission Hill
'' and ''King of the Hill
''. He was a storyboard artist and art director for the Nickelodeon
animated series ''Invader Zim
Between 2001 and 2014, Konietzko, together with Michael Dante DiMartino
, was mainly occupied with writing and producing the animated series ''Avatar: The Last Airbender
'' and its sequel ''The Legend of Korra
'' for Nickelodeon. Konietzko's and DiMartino's long-standing creative partnership is collectively referred to as "Bryke" by fans, in reference to "shipping
" naming conventions.
As of 2015, Konietzko was working on writing and illustrating a sci-fi graphic novel
series, ''Threadworlds'', that is to be published by First Second Books
, but there is no release date.
Konietzko is also active in photography and has a band, Ginormous, with which he has released several albums, including ''Our Ancestors' Intense Love Affair'' and ''At Night, Under Artificial Light''.
In September 2018, it was announced that Konietzko and DiMartino would serve as executive producers and showrunners for Netflix
's upcoming live-action series based on ''Avatar: The Last Airbender''. On August 12, 2020, Konietzko and DiMartino revealed on social media that they have both departed the show, due to creative differences with the Netflix team.
In February 2021, ViacomCBS
(the parent company of Nickelodeon) announced its formation of Avatar Studios, a division of Nickelodeon centered on developing newer animated series and movies set in the same universe as ''Avatar: The Last Airbender'' and ''The Legend of Korra'' with both Konietzko and DiMartino helming the studio as co-chief creative officers reporting to Nickelodeon Animation Studio
president, Ramsey Ann Naito
. Its first project will be an animated theatrical film which is set to start production later in the same year.
Konietzko graduated from Roswell High School
in Roswell, Georgia
, north of Atlanta
, and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design
''bryankonietzko.com''. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
He resides in Los Angeles
with his wife, Lisa.
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Category:American animated film directors
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