From a media release:
Corus EntertainmentÂ Inc.Â andÂ Bento Box Entertainment, LLCÂ today announced the creation ofÂ Bento Box Canada, an animation production company based in Toronto. The joint venture follows last yearâ€™sÂ announcementÂ of the multi-year, co-development deal between the two companies. As part of the agreement, Bento Box Entertainment and Corus will work side-by-side to develop and produce a slate of original, primetime animated series for Corus networks, to be distributed internationally by Bento Box Entertainment.
The partnership will draw on Bento Box Entertainment’s award-winning experience and relationships with acclaimed primetime comedy writers, showrunners and animators as well as the expertise of Corusâ€™ animation studio, Nelvana, to produce animated series targeted to the 18 to 34 demographic. Bento Box Canada will operate from Corus Quay, the state-of-the-art technical facility that is home to Corus and Nelvana, and will utilize creative, technical, and back office services from both companies.
This fall, production will begin on the firstÂ Bento Box Canada series,Â The Pandas.Â From creators Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler,Â The PandasÂ is an irreverent, animated family comedy full of hard jokes, whimsical wonder, biting satire and just the right amount of heart.
Bento Box Canadaâ€™s board of directors will include Scott Greenberg, CEO of Bento Box Entertainment, Colin Bohm, Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids and Scott Dyer, President of Nelvana. Along with other executives from Corus, Nelvana and Bento Box Entertainment, the board will provide strategic leadership and assist in growing the production slate.
Bento Box Entertainment is known for producing the EmmyÂ®Â award-winning series,Â Bob’s Burgers, as well asÂ Brickleberry, The Awesomes, Allen Gregory, andÂ Out There. Founded by Scott Greenberg, Mark McJimsey and Joel Kuwahara, the company brings years of experience in producing and creating audience-favorite primetime animation hits on multiple platforms. Prior to Bento Box Entertainment, their collective production credits includeÂ The SimpsonsÂ andÂ The Simpsons Movie, King of the HillÂ andÂ The Goode FamilyÂ among many others.