Nelson Shin

Shin Neung-kyun
Revised Romanization Sin Neung-gyun
McCune–Reischauer Sin Nǔng-kyun

Nelson Shin (Hangul:  신능균, Shin Neung-kyun; b. 1939; Pyongsan, Hwanghae, Korea) is an animation director who is the founder and president of Akom Production Co., Ltd., in Seoul, South Korea. He founded Akom in 1985.

In the 1970s, Shin worked as an animator at the DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, where he worked on the Pink Panther films. While at DFE, he also contributed to the animation of the lightsaber blades in the original Star Wars.[1]

Much of the animation Shin's studio has produced has been for American television series. Some of Akom's credits are: The Simpsons, Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men, Invasion America and Arthur. Shin's most well-known accomplishment is his direction of the television series The Transformers and The Transformers: The Movie. Shin also directed the first season of the Canadian animated TV series, Toad Patrol.

Beginning in 1999, Shin worked on the animated feature film Empress Chung. The film was largely animated in North Korea, and in August 2005 became the first movie ever to open simultaneously in North and South Korea.

In 2009, he was elected president of the International Animated Film Association, a post he held through 2012.[2]


  1. "Nelson Shin". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-07-04.
  2. Board Elects New Officials

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