New animation studio, Princess Bento Studio, will produce animated content for distribution in the US, Australia, and Australian co-production treaty countries around the globe.
FOX Entertainment’s animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment, and Australian-based television and film production company Princess Pictures have joined forces to form Princess Bento Studio, an all-new animation studiothat will produce content out of its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. The announcement was made by Bento Box co-founder and CEO, Scott Greenberg and Princess Pictures founder, Laura Waters.
The two companies entered a first look deal last year to jointly develop animated content from Australian-based, writer/director/actor Michael Cusack (YOLO: Crystal Fantasy, Smiling Friends). The formation of the new company is an evolution of this production deal. Princess Bento Studio will produce content for platforms in the United States, Australia, and Australian co-production treaty countries and across the globe.
The new studio will be overseen by the Bento Box and Princess management teams; the appointment of dedicated management is to be announced. The US-based Bento Box will continue its international reach and expansion for production and content distribution and will continue to independently operate its studios in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
“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,” commented 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.”
“Working with Bento Box has been one of the most creatively rewarding experiences in the history of Princess Pictures,” added Waters. “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,” added Waters. “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.”
The newly formed Princess Bento Studio is incentivized by the Victorian Government and supported through Film Victoria’s recently announced Victorian Screen Incentive.
Source: Fox Entertainment