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Mio Markovic — VP of Animation Production, DreamWorks Animation


Mio Markovic’s creative, production, and tech skills have resulted in some of the best animated TV series of recent years, including Voltron: Legendary Defender, Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, and Fast & Furious Spy Racers. But Mio didn’t just jump into animation: he had already risen to a high level in the advertising industry and, like Chris, had worked on large-scale architecture projects.

Mio talks Chris through his career and reveals how his earlier experiences enabled him to change tracks and take criticism with confidence. He also breaks down the process of creating a DreamWorks TV series, from the initial idea to assembling a team, creating the characters and worlds, and working with vendors to complete the show. If you’re thinking of changing careers, Mio’s knowledge could be just what you need.


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0:04:55 Advertising, architecture, and animation: Mio's background

0:10:03 Making the leap into animation at Nickelodeon via Gnomon

0:15:14 Madagascar penguins, monsters, and mutant turtles

0:19:36 Starting Dreamworks Animation Television

0:25:25 How to create a Dreamworks TV series

0:32:39 Creating high-quality, epic TV shows on budget

0:35:47 What Mio's role involves

0:41:40 The content Dreamworks TV makes and who it's for

0:44:47 Favorite shows

0:48:21 How animation has changed and isn't just for kids

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: September 12, 2022.
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