Under the pact, Bento Box will develop and produce short-form series for digital/social platforms including Facebook Watch and YouTube, working with up-and-coming and established talent that have caught the attention of Comedy Central. If Comedy Central produces a linear series, Bento Box will have first opportunity rights to animate and executive produce the series, something the company is doing for such series as Fox’s Emmy-winning Bob’s Burgers.
Bento Box creative director Ben Jones will be the company’s lead executive on the projects.
Jones previously served as creative director and producer at Fox’s ADHD animation studio, where he created and served as showrunner on FXX’s Stone Quackers. He also previously created and executive produced Neon Knome for Adult Swim and Problem Solverz for Cartoon Network.
The deal with Bento Box comes on the heels of Comedy Central’s exclusive animation partnership with Inside Amy Schumer co-creator Daniel Powell and his Irony Point production banner.
At Comedy Central, Bento Box previously was behind animated series Brickleberry and Legends of Chamberlain Heights. The company’s credits also include The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special on NBC; Paradise, P.D. and The Who Was? Show on Netflix; and Glove and Boots on YouTube, among others.