Bento Animation To Open In Atlanta

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Bento Box Entertainment

Cal­i­for­nia based ani­ma­tion stu­dio Bento Box Enter­tain­ment has announced a new branch stu­dio to open in north west Atlanta by the end of the year. Bento Box is the pro­ducer of the Fox series Bobs Burg­ers. The new stu­dio is expected to employee about 100 artists, and up to three hun­dred within 3 years.

The south, and Atlanta in par­tic­u­lar, has seen a boom in TV and Film pro­duc­tion over the last few years. Floyd County Pro­duc­tions, the cre­ator of FX’s “Archer” series, has about 100 employ­ees based in offices near the Virginia-Highland neigh­bor­hood. And Star­gate Stu­dios, a spe­cial effects com­pany, recently expanded to metro Atlanta for work on AMC’s pop­u­lar zom­bie drama “The Walk­ing Dead.”

And, of course, there’s Car­toon Net­work, Turner Broadcasting’s 24-hour ani­ma­tion sta­tion, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th birth­day Mon­day. From rather hum­ble begin­nings, the net­work now reaches an audi­ence of more than 360 mil­lion homes worldwide.

Ani­ma­tion stu­dios are increas­ingly drawn to Atlanta for its prox­im­ity to indus­try stal­warts such as Turner Broad­cast­ing and access to a large poten­tial work­force. Bento Box cred­ited the state’s rich tal­ent pool — legions of stu­dents trained at local art schools — as well as a tax break of up to 30 per­cent of a production’s bud­get for film and TV com­pa­nies that spend at least $500,000 on a project.

The com­pany has spent the past three months train­ing its first few dozen employ­ees, is already set to do ani­ma­tion work for two TV series. One is a show called “The Awe­somes,” an orig­i­nal series from “Sat­ur­day Night Live” head writer Seth Mey­ers for the Hulu online net­work. Another, called “Out There,” will be fea­tured on the IFC channel.

Green­berg said the work for these two pro­grams would have oth­er­wise been bid out to Korea, China or another inter­na­tional locale. But he was con­vinced Atlanta is a bet­ter alter­na­tive, thanks in part to its vibrant arts community.

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