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Bento Box Signs Development Deal with Chris Linn and Marissa Ronca’s Contrast Media

The ex-WarnerMedia executives will advise the studio on animated projects for FOX Entertainment, Tubi, other third-party platforms, and the new NFT studio, Blockchain Creative Labs

Emmy Award-winning animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, a division of FOX Entertainment, has just signed a development deal with ex-WarnerMedia executives Chris Linn and Marissa Ronca’s Contrast Media. Under terms of the agreement, Linn and Ronca advise Bento Box’s development department on creative strategy, packaging and development of animated projects for FOX Entertainment, its free streaming service, Tubi, and third-party platforms. Linn and Ronca also will also support Bento Box’s Non-Fungible Token (NFT) studio, Blockchain Creative Labs.

“Chris and Marissa are fantastic executives, whose work we’ve admired for quite some time,” said Scott Greenberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Bento Box Entertainment. “As we continue to grow Bento Box’s output and expand into Web3 with Blockchain Creative Labs, we’re thrilled to be partnering with them, and are eager to create amazing new content together.”

“Scott Greenberg and his team share our passion for comedy, collaboration and fan-favorite content,” added Linn and Ronca. “We look forward to bringing our expertise to Bento Box during this exciting period of growth.”

Linn, the former President at WarnerMedia’s truTV, and Ronca, the cable network’s former Executive Vice President and Head of Original Programming & Development, spearheaded the comedic rebrand of truTV, with successful fan-driven franchises, such as Impractical Jokers (series and feature film), Billy on the Street, I’m Sorry and At Home with Amy Sedaris. In 2021, the two formed the consulting firm Contrast Media to assist companies in developing breakthrough content and creative teams. 

Bento Box Entertainment produces animation for broadcast, cable and digital networks, feature films, music videos, branded content and motion graphics. Recent work includes shows for Apple TV+ (Central Park), Comedy Central (Brickleberry, Legends of Chamberlain Heights), FOX (multiple Emmy Award-winning Bob’s Burgers, Duncanville, The Great North and the upcoming Housebroken, Hulu (The Awesomes), NBC (The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special), Netflix (Mulligan, Paradise PD, Farzar, The Who Was? Show) and Syfy (Alien News Desk).

Source: FOX Entertainment

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