Who is Aaron Ehasz?
Aaron Ehasz is an American TV writer, director and producer, best known for the critically acclaimed animated series ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ Born and raised in Maryland, United States, Aaron began his career in 2000, as an executive story editor on the show ‘Ed.’ He followed it as a writer for the animated series ‘Mission Hill.’ His received a lot of appreciation for his work and that landed him a job on Matt Groening’s hit series ‘Futurama,’ in 2001. He worked as a story editor on the series, which was a huge critical and commercial success. He worked on the series until its cancellation in 2003. In 2005, he got the biggest career breakthrough when he was hired as the head writer and director for the animated series ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ He received an ‘Emmy Award’ nomination for his work on the series. He was also a co-creator of the Netflix series ‘The Dragon Prince.’
Childhood & Early Life
Aaron Ehasz was born Aaron Gabriel Ehasz, on June 16, 1973, in Maryland, USA. Interested in storytelling since his childhood, Aaron studied at the ‘Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ and went on forging his career in television in his late 20s.
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Aaron began his professional writing career in 2000 with the series ‘Ed,’ where he worked as one of the staff writers. The comedy drama series ran for 4 seasons and 83 episodes, and attained moderate success.
Aaron’s work on the series was appreciated and he later served as a staff writer on the animated series ‘Mission Hill.’ However, ‘Mission Hill’ ran only for 1 season and 13 episodes in the late 1990s.
In 2001, he received a huge break when he was hired to work on the adult animated series ‘Futurama’ as story editor. The series, produced by Matt Groening, the creator of ‘The Simpsons,’ was a big commercial and critical hit. Aaron joined the series in 2001 and stayed with it until its conclusion in 2003. The series was widely appreciated for its ‘tongue-in-cheek satirical humor’ and made Aaron quite popular among animation production companies.
Apart from being the story editor on the series, he was also the writer on many episodes, including ‘Future Stock’, ‘Crimes of the Hot’, ‘Benderama,’ and ‘Reincarnation.’ The series was later revived in 2009, and almost all the members of the previous team were hired yet again, including Aaron, who served as one of the main writers.
In 2005, he bagged the biggest project of his career that made him a nationwide famous animator. He was hired as co-executive producer, head writer, and director on the animated series ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ The series narrates the story of another world where some people can manipulate the basic elements, such as air and water. The series aired on Nickelodeon; it was hailed as a huge critical and commercial success right after its release. The series ran for 3 seasons and 61 episodes and became one of the most talked about animated series’ of the year. In 2007, Aaron was nominated for an ‘Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program’ for the second season of the series.
In 2009, he worked as a supervising producer on the animated comedy series ‘Sit Down, Shut Up.’ However, the series could run for 1 season and 13 episodes.
In 2017, Aaron set-up his own multimedia studio, ‘Wonderstorm,’ which he founded in collaboration with the famous video games director Justin Richmond. In 2018, the company received a huge break when ‘Netflix’ picked up their series ‘The Dragon Prince.’
‘The Dragon Prince’ premiered on ‘Netflix’ in September 2018 to a grand critical reception. The series was praised for its representation of many modern world issues, such as homosexuality and world peace. It also experimented with the visual styles using different frame rates.
The second season was released in February 2019; ‘Netflix’ has renewed the series for a third season.
Family & Personal Life
Aaron Ehasz is married to Elizabeth Welch Ehasz. He lives with his family in Los Angeles. Aaron loves spending time with his family.
Aaron has been a huge fan of Greek mythology and some influence of it found its way into many of his works.