Melbourne-based Princess Pictures has entered in a first-look animation development deal with FOX Entertainment’s animation studio Bento Box Entertainment.
Bento Box and Princess will develop animated content from undiscovered, Australian-based, multi-hyphenate creators that will be fully produced with Australian talent and crews for the global market. Bento Box’s recent work includes Central Park, Brickleberry, Bob’s Burgers, Duncanville while Princess has produced Summer Heights High, Lunatics, Wrong Kind of Black, Superwog, Outland and more.
“Laura, Mike and their entire team have the keen ability to identify emerging, multi-faceted storytellers, and, in doing so, are delivering some of the strongest comedy material we’ve seen,” said Scott Greenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Bento Box.
“Expanding our creative footprint globally is a top priority of ours; and we are excited to partner with Princess Pictures in Australia on finding, championing and introducing animation’s next wave of creators who deserve a shot to showcase their voices and points of view across platforms in the U.S. and beyond.
“Australia punches above its weight in animation talent, with scores of Oscar nominations and wins, and very successful children’s animation series,” Laura Waters, Founder of Princess Pictures.
“There’s a slew of Australian talent making hilarious animation online, all with dedicated audiences. In collaboration with Bento Box, we’re excited to support this new wave of comedy talent with professional budgets and access to opportunities on major platforms.”
In addition to Greenberg and Waters, Bento Box Co-Founder and President of Production Joel Kuwahara and Creative Director Ben Jones; and Princess’ Senior Producer Mike Cowap and Managing Director Emma Fitzsimons will executive produce all projects developed.