MIPCOM: U.S. Animation Studio Bento Box Entertainment Headed to Canada

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The LA-based studio is setting up shop in Toronto with local partner Corus Entertainment to tap Canadian production incentives.

Bento Box Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based TV animation studio behind Fox series like Bob's Burgers, is headed to Canada.

The indie, founded by Scott Greenberg, Mark McJimsey and Joel Kuwahara in 2009, is partnering with Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment to create Bento Box Canada. The Toronto-based animation studio will see Bento Box and Corus, which runs the Nelvana animation studio, co-develop and produce a slate of primetime cartoon series for 18- to 34-year-olds.

The first Bento Box Canada series, The Pandas, is a family comedy created by Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler. The Canadian beachhead for Bento Box, unveiled at MIP Jr. in Cannes, follows the U.S. and Canadian partners last year striking a development deal.

"We’re excited to be bringing two world-class teams together to produce fresh new content for the savvy, millennial demographic,” Nelvana president Scott Dyer said Saturday in a statement. Bento Box Entertainment is currently producing Bob’s Burgers for Fox, Legends of Chamberlain Heights on Comedy Central and The Awesomes on Hulu.

Bento Box already has an animation studio in Atlanta, where it takes advantage of Georgia tax credits, and with the Canadian outpost will similarly tap the Ontario tax credits, alongside currency savings from producing series in Canada. Bento Box will handle international sales of Bento Box Canada series to be produced out of Toronto.