FOX Entertainment’s Emmy Award-winning animation studio Bento Box Entertainment and Dublin-based animation studio Boulder Media have entered a multi-year production services agreement, it was jointly announced today (Friday, Dec. 2) by Brett Coker, Chief Operating Officer and Partner of Bento Box, and Paul O’Flanagan, Creative Director of Boulder Media.
Boulder Media, which last month was acquired by Australia-based Princess Pictures, will provide production services to numerous primetime animated series housed under the Bento Box banner, including FOX’s upcoming comedies Krapopolis, from creator Dan Harmon and starring Emmy winner Hannah Waddingham, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, Pam Murphy and Duncan Trussell; and Grimsburg, executive produced by and starring Jon Hamm. Both series are fully-owned by FOX Entertainment and distributed by FOX Entertainment Global.
Boulder Media also will support production on third-party series and specials produced by Bento Box.
In addition to the work with Bento Box, Boulder will continue to work with various other studios, with Chatrone representing them in that arena.
“This strategic relationship and shared access between Boulder Media and Bento Box ensures our scope and reach to local artists and creators is truly global as the value of premium animation continues to rise,” said Coker.
The deal will be spearheaded by Bento Box’s Head of Production, Dana Cameron, who noted, “Ireland boasts some of the strongest animation talent in the world. It’s a deep well of creatives we were fortunate to tap into on The Bob’s Burgers Movie, and since then we’ve been looking for ways to re-apply Dublin’s creative community to our growing slate of programming.”
“We are delighted to be partnering with Bento Box in bringing their substantial slate of shows to life via this multi-year, multi-project output deal. We are excited to be producing more content in the adult genre, now for primetime broadcast and to be working with the best creative talent in this field. This is an exciting new chapter for Boulder and the Irish animation industry, and we couldn’t ask for a better partner than the team at Bento Box,” added O’Flanagan.
A FOX Entertainment company, Bento Box Entertainment is an award-winning animation production company with studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta and, in partnership with Princess Bento Studio, Melbourne, Australia. Recent work includes programming on Apple TV+ (Central Park, Wolfboy and the Everything Factory), Comedy Central (Brickleberry, Legends of Chamberlain Heights), FOX (Bob’s Burgers, The Great North, HouseBroken), 20th Century Studios (The Bob’s Burgers Movie), Hulu (Koala Man, The Awesomes), NBC (The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special), Netflix (Mulligan, Paradise PD, Saturday Morning All Star Hits!, Farzar) and Syfy (Alien News Desk).
Established in 2000, Boulder Media is one of Ireland’s most prolific animation studios, garnering numerous awards and nominations such as BAFTAs, Emmys, Annies, IFTAs, British Animation Awards, Cartoons on the Bay and Irish Animation Awards. Boulder’s projects include My Little Pony: A New Generation for Paramount Pictures/Netflix, RTE’s Memento Mori, Danger Mouse for FremantleMedia, Wander over Yonder and Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja for Disney TVA, Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy and Transformers: Cyberverse for eOne/Hasbro, DC Super Hero Girls and Dorothy of Oz for Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball.