Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Fox Entertainment is set to acquire Bento Box Entertainment, the animator behind the hit Fox series “Bob's Burgers.”
Financial details of the purchase were not released, but a report from the Wall Street Journal puts the deal at under $50 million.
Bento Box will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity and produce content for all platforms. The company currently has shows with outlets like Netflix, Adult Swim, and Nickelodeon along with several other projects in development across multiple platforms.
In addition to “Bob's Burgers,” Bento Box has two more animated comedies set to debut on Fox during the 2019-2020 season — “Duncanville” and “The Great North.”
Bento Box's leadership team will remain in place, including co-founders Scott Greenberg (CEO) and Joel Kuwahara (President of Production), and senior executives Brett Coker (COO), Ben Jones (Creative Director), Craig Hartin (GM of Bento Box Atlanta), Janelle Momary (Supervising Producer) and Andi Raab (Supervising Producer).
The move comes as Fox looks to remain competitive in the broadcast landscape after it was spunoff from 21st Century Fox when the latter company was acquired by Disney. Fox is bringing back its “Animation Domination” block Sundays this fall with network cornerstones … — Joe Otterson/@Variety