BENTO BOX ENTERTAINMENT NAMED FIRST 2016 NYTVF DEVELOPMENT PARTNER
Producers of Bob’s Burgers, Bordertown, Brickleberry, The Awesomes Becomes first Animation Studio to Guarantee a Development Deal for Independent TV Creators through NYTVF
[New York, NY, October 23, 2015] The NYTVF (www.nytvf.com) today announced its first 2016 development partner: Bento Box Entertainment, the Emmy award-winning studio that develops and produces quality-animated content for all distribution platforms worldwide. A first-time NYTVF development partner, Bento Box Entertainment (BBE) currently has popular programming on FOX (Bob’s Burgers and Bordertown), Comedy Central (Legends of Chamberlain Heights), Hulu (The Awesomes) and more. This announcement was made during the 11th annual New York Television Festival, currently underway in Manhattan, and running through Saturday, October 24.
Through this new partnership, Bento Box is guaranteeing that it will award a development deal to an outstanding producer or production team selected from the Official Artists participating in the 2016 New York Television Festival.
“Some of the most talented creators of animated programming can be found in the independent television community, and while we have worked with past partners to recognize this work, this is the first time an animated studio has teamed up with us to guarantee a development deal through the Festival,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. “With the television ecosystem now including more buyers than ever before, we always tell our artists that it’s not about the platform, but the art form. Bento Box Entertainment’s track record across broadcast, cable and digital make them an ideal partner for 2016, and we are looking forward to working with them to encourage more, great animated storytelling by independent artists.”
Additionally, Bento Box Co-Founder and Executive Producer Joel Kuwahara will be presenting “Animation 101: De-mystifying Primetime Animation in the Digital Age” – a panel discussion at the Helen Mills Theater in NYC, Saturday, October 24, at 2:15 p.m. as part of the 2015 New York Television Festival.
"Bento Box Entertainment is thrilled to partner with the NYTVF. We look forward to connecting with the many talented independent creators who bring their work to the Festival,” said Scott Greenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Bento Box Entertainment. “We hope that our expertise in animation will encourage up-and-coming artists and comedy writers to participate in 2016, and we can't wait to see their work."
In order to be eligible for this opportunity, projects must be named Official Selections in the NYTVF's annual Independent Pilot Competition (IPC), which will begin accepting 2016 entries in the coming weeks. Details will be made available at www.nytvf.com/submit.html.
Winners of this year’s development opportunities will be recognized on Saturday, October 24, during an awards reception to close the Festival. Previously-announced 2015 development partnerships include the A+E Networks 360° Unscripted Development Pipeline, AMC-Channel 4 Drama Co-Development Award, HISTORY Unscripted Development Pipeline, Lifetime Writers Project, Red Arrow and Left/Right Comedy Award, Starz Rising Talent Award, truTV Greenlight Award, as well as additional development deals offered by Channel 4, Comedy Central, FYI, H2, Red Arrow/Fabrik Entertainment and WE tv.
About Bento Box Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment is an Emmy® award-winning studio that develops and produces quality animated content for all distribution platforms worldwide. With studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Toronto, the company is recognized as the leading producer of primetime animated comedy series for broadcast, cable and digital networks. Bento Box Entertainment is currently in production on: the Emmy® award-winning series Bob’s Burgers on FOX; Legends of Chamberlain Heights on Comedy Central; The Awesomes on HULU; Bordertown premiering on FOX in 2016; the puppet series Glove & Boots on YouTube; and multiple other pilots and presentations for the leading studios, networks and distribution platforms. Visit Bento Box Entertainment on the web at www.bentoboxent.com.
About the NYTVF
Established in 2005, the NYTVF constructs new and innovative paths of development and talent identification, while simultaneously complementing the traditional television development model. By partnering directly with networks, studios, production companies, digital platforms and brands, the NYTVF provides its Industry Partners with a streamlined development model, leveraging its vast creative community of over 15,000 independent producers and production companies, to create content with specific partners in mind. During the annual New York Television Festival – held each fall in New York City – the NYTVF brings together its top artists and industry decision-makers for a series of events designed to foster networking, collaboration and education. The Festival also marks the culmination of the organization’s yearly development efforts and features screenings of top independent content, educational panels, fan events, red carpet premieres, and more. For more information on the NYTVF and the annual Festival, visit www.nytvf.com, and to learn about opportunities to submit for its year-round competitions, visit http://www.nytvf.com/submit.html.
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