Michael Dante DiMartino is an American animation director best known as the co-creator, executive producer, and story editor of the hit television series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, which both air on Nickelodeon. He was born in Shelburne, Vermont. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design with Bryan Konietzko, with whom he created Avatar. Before Avatar, Mike worked for twelve years at Film Roman, helping to direct King of the Hill, Family Guy, and Mission Hill in addition to his own animated short, Atomic Love, which was screened at a number of high profile film festivals. The dedication to his father's memory can be seen in the last episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. In a 2010 interview the president of Nickelodeon, Cyma Zarghami, confirmed that Michael Dante DiMartino and Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko were developing a new series for the network, called The Legend of Korra. The series premiered on April 14, 2012, and is expected to run for two seasons, spanning four books, and a total of fifty-two episodes.
Award-winning film maker Michael Dante DiMartino began his training at the Rhode Island School of Design where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Film and Animation Department. His directing credits include the primetime animated series King of the Hill, Family Guy, and Mission Hill. DiMartino wrote, animated, and directed the short animated film Atomic Love which screened at the 2003 Sundance and Los Angeles Film Festivals. The film also aired as part of the Nicktoons Film Festival on Nicktoons.
In 2002, DiMartino teamed up with friend and co-worker, Bryan Konietzko, to create the hit animated Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. DiMartino served as executive producer and story editor on the series, which ran for three seasons on Nickelodeon, from 2005-2008.
DiMartino currently resides in Los Angeles, California.