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Ciro Nieli

September 1, 2010 38 comments

Ciro Nieli was born in London close to midnight. His childhood years were spent in Philadelphia watching Horror and kung-fu movies on UHF while tending the telephone at his father’s pizza shop. Drawing constantly at an early age, comic books and cartoons soon forged a definite path for his future. He graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in animation. His thesis film Last Exit played to a host of indy festivals including the “Chicago Underground Film Festival” and “Medicine Wheel”. In 1999, after years of teaching children, animating local used car commercials and a Wu-Tang video from his bedroom, he moved to Hollywood, where real cartoons are made.

His Hollywood cartoon career began with a storyboard revisionist position on Family Guy. Ciro eventually opened his own animation studio, Nebulous Films, producing content for the Flash explosion online. Eventually, he returned to television, directing Teen Titans for Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network. In 2004, he created Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, which he executive produced 52 episodes for Walt Disney television, splitting his time between Los Angeles and Tokyo. He has since directed and or designed many projects including The Transformers, Dawn of the Dead, Marvel’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, DC comics’ SUPERFRIENDS, and most recently, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to be released in 2012 for Nickelodeon.

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