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The studio started operations in September 1957, as the April 26th Children's Film Studio. Around 1985, it began to outsource animation for European television. It was registered as the SEK Studio in 1997 in order to take part at an animation festival in France.
As of 2003, SEK Studio employed over 1,500 people and subcontracted work for over 70 companies from around the globe, including Europe, South Korea, and the USA. According to Animation Career Review, SEK is the 85th most influential animation studio of all-time.