Christopher Mason "Chris" Savino (born October 2, 1971) is a former storyboard artist, writer, producer, and director. He is the creator of The Loud House. He was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, which Royal Woods, the city The Loud House takes place in, is a parody of.
He has worked at Spümcø, Joe Murray Studios, Nickelodeon Animation Studios (formerly), Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network Studios, and Disney Television Animation, and is currently planning a live-action short called Bigfoot & Gray: On the Run, and an animated film called Adventures in Milk.
The Loud House
In 2013, Savino pitched The Loud House, a concept based on his own life experiences growing up in a large family (he's the ninth of ten children), as part of Nickelodeon's annual Animated Shorts Program. Besides his main job, he was also a member of Nickelodeon Animation Studio's Artist Collective, where veterans of the animation industry help train and nurture new talent that arrives at the studio.
Besides his usual duties, he would also draw all the title card art, and other still-frame pictures, which are drawn in a rougher style than the rest of the show. He also took it upon himself to direct every episode of the series (except on a few occasions and before his firing).
On October 19, 2017, Nickelodeon fired him over sexual misconduct allegations. As a result, he will no longer be involved with The Loud House. Savino finally responded to the allegations on October 23, 2017, saying he is "deeply sorry" for what he has done.
Although Chris Savino was the head director for this series, there have been times where he wasn't the director of an episode. All of the episodes he didn't direct were instead directed by main storyboard artist Kyle Marshall and (presumably) colorist Amanda Rynda.
Also, according to Savino, Luna is his favorite character.
Savino is the second Nickelodeon employee to have been publicly fired from Nickelodeon, the first being Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi, who was fired in 1992 due to "creative differences" with Nickelodeon over the banned Ren and Stimpy episode, "Man's Best Friend", which featured a scene where Ren Hoek beats up George Liquor with an oar, as well as being someone who was a nightmare to work with, and failed to meet deadlines.
After being fired by Nickelodeon, he deactivated various social media accounts, which included his Instagram account, and he later stopped working for television animation companies after his firing from Nickelodeon in 2017, being a big reason why he never worked on anything outside of Nickelodeon ever again.
On October 23, 2017, Savino briefly opened a Facebook account to publicly post his apology regarding the allegations.
Despite him being fired from his creation, there are still episodes he directed and a musical Christmas short directed by him, but most of those were made, directed, and produced by him in production before his firing from Nickelodeon.