Fox Corp.-owned animation studio Bento Box Entertainment is partnering with Australian television and film production company Princess Pictures to form Princess Bento Studio, a new animation studio that will produce animated content out of its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.
Princess Bento Studio will produce content for platforms in the U.S., Australia, key countries where Australia has co-production treaty countries and across the globe. The studio will be overseen by the Bento Box and Princess management teams, with the appointment of dedicated management forthcoming.
The partnership was unveiled Monday by Scott Greenberg, co-founder and CEO of Bento Box, which is based in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and Laura Waters, founder of Princess Pictures. The formation of the new company is an outgrowth of the first-look development deal the two companies entered last year to jointly develop animated content from Australian-based, multi-hyphenate creators, including writer/director/actor Michael Cusack (YOLO: Crystal Fantasy, Smiling Friends).
“While closely working with everyone at Princess Pictures over the past year, my team and I immediately saw a natural fit between our two companies,” said Greenberg. “With growing demand for animated content, a shared passion for the type of programming we want to make and a short-hand that perfectly complements our individual strengths, it was clear to us joining forces to set up shop in talent-rich Australia with Princess Bento will take our partnership to the next level and bring strategic benefits to both companies and, most importantly, creators and buyers around the world.”
Added Waters: “Working with Bento Box has been one of the most creatively rewarding experiences in the history of Princess Pictures. Not only have we been able to promote some of the best animation talent in the country, we’ve also been able to create a pipeline for new combinations of artists, comedians and underrepresented writing talent to develop uniquely Australian stories. We consider the team at Bento Box to be like family, and we’re so excited to expand the possibilities for adult animation with this new collaboration.”