Gallery Open to the Public Through December 10 at Unit 120 in Downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 30, 2016 – Original works of art from the animators, artists and creative minds behind Twentieth Century Fox Television’s hit show Bob’s Burgers, will be showcased in a free exhibit presented by Bento Box Entertainment starting December 1st.

Comprised of paintings, sculptures and mixed medium originals, these pieces are truly one of a kind featuring art from sixteen Bento Box artists who work on the series. The limited time showcase will run through December 10 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. A kickoff event will be held on December 1, open to the public from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST, at 727 N Broadway #120, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  This exclusive art showcase takes place at Unit 120, a pop-up restaurant space in Los Angeles, with special gourmet burgers from Chef Alvin Cailan, owner, and Chef Isa Fabro marking the special occasion.

This art show is the latest in a series of events produced by Bento Box Entertainment in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox to expand the Bob’s Burgers brand beyond television.  Recent examples include the sold-out BOB’S BURGERS LIVE! Tour, New York Times Best-selling cookbook, comic books, coloring books, calendars, t-shirts and other merchandise.

A Twentieth Century Fox Television Emmy Award winning production, Bob’s Burgers was created by Loren Bouchard (Home Movies). Bouchard and Jim Dauterive (King of the Hill) serve as executive producers and writers, with animation produced by Bento Box Entertainment. New episodes of the series will return to FOX in Winter 2017. Fans can “like” Bob’s Burgers on Facebook at, follow the series on Twitter and Instagram @BobsBurgersFOX and join the discussion using #bobsburgers.

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About Bento Box Entertainment

Bento Box Entertainment (BBE) is an Emmy® award-winning entertainment content and technology company.  With studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Toronto, BBE produces animated comedy series for broadcast, cable and digital networks.  This includes Bob’s Burgers, the Primetime Emmy®-winning FOX series with 20th Century Fox Television and creator Loren Bouchard; Comedy Central series Legends of Chamberlain Heights; among many others. With creative thinking, disruptive content and innovative technology at its core, BBE is dedicated to extending its reach to new audiences through its digital; Sutikki (kids); content rights; and live events, merchandise and brand management business units. BBE can be followed across social media channels @bentoboxent.


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Music, Mayhem and Comedy Starring Jake & Elwood Blues and featuring Special Musical Guests

LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2016 – Bento Box Entertainment (BBE), an independent, Emmy® Award-winning studio (FOX’S Bob’s Burgers; Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlin Heights; YouTube’sGlove & Boots), today announced it will develop and produce “The Blues Brothers” as a new primetime animated comedy series. The project comes from Co-Creators and Executive Producers Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and multiple Emmy® Award-winning original “Saturday Night Live” writer Anne Beatts.

Bento Box plans to shop “The Blues Brothers” to television platforms starting in May. The series chronicles the music, mayhem and comedy adventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, along with the characters within their master blues band. Join the journey as the boys take their act on the road and back to that same old place, sweet home Chicago. As Elwood Blues, in announcer mode, has oft said of the Blues Brothers, “And now, ladies and gentlemen, living history is going to be made.”

Music will also be a main character within the new series.  Each episode will feature a score and soundtrack curated with the soul, blues and R&B classics and hits performed by the original legendary musicians, the Blues Brothers, as well as new performances recorded specifically for the show. The series will also highlight special guest appearances from aspiring talent, treasured Blues legends and superstars from today’s music world.

Aykroyd, Belushi and Beatts brought the project to Bento Box Entertainment, the studio best known for producing young adult-targeted primetime animated series for television and other platforms worldwide. They will be joined as executive producers by Bento Box’s Scott Greenberg and Joel Kuwahara; Rehab Entertainment’s John W. Hyde and Blues Brothers’ manager Eric Gardner.

“It is such a privilege for us to be able to produce the work of the very same people who played such an instrumental role in creating one of the most iconic, multi-faceted comedy and music brands of all time,” Greenberg said. “Now we all have the rare opportunity to translate the timeless comic genius of Dan and John from live-action to animation, while offering an entirely new generation of Blues Brothers fans the chance to appreciate them.” 

Aykroyd commented, “It’s so great to accelerate Jake and Elwood at digital speed into the 21st Century via the outstanding creative group at Bento Box.  The show will be the Blues Brothers living in America and utilizing all new technology to make and promote their own records, seek out and record new artists and avoid law enforcement – and all while fighting for truth, justice and a better breakfast sandwich.”

After debuting as the musical guests in a 1978 “Saturday Night Live” episode hosted by Steve Martin, Martin asked Aykroyd and John Belushi to serve as the opening act at his upcoming show at the Universal Amphitheater. This set in motion a series of events that led to an Atlantic Records recording contract and the hiring of then-SNL piano man Paul Shaffer as musical director. Together, the trio painstakingly selected the perfect band to create the sound they wanted; Stax recording stars Steve Cropper and Donald “Duck “ Dunn, blues legend Matt “Guitar” Murphy and drummer extraordinaire Steve Jordan became the backbone of the band. For that big horn sound they turned to the multi-talented Tom Scott and three of the top NYC horns: Tom Malone, Lou Marini and Al Rubin.

Band in tow, the Blues Brothers embarked on a sold-out national tour that same summer. Their debut album, “Briefcase Full of Blues,” recorded live on that tour, sold more than 3.5 million copies. In 1980, the John Landis-directed film, “The Blues Brothers” hit theaters, grossing more than $100 million worldwide. Following Belushi’s 1982 passing, Aykroyd was determined to keep the Blues Brothers’ spirit alive. In 1992, he and Judy Belushi co-founded The House of Blues franchise with Hard Rock Cafe founder Issac Tigrett, which grew to a dozen venues across the country before being sold to Live Nation in 2006.

Aykroyd has hosted his nationally syndicated radio show, recently rebranded “The Bluesmobile Radio Hour,” for the past 25 years.  The sequel to the original film, “Blues Brothers 2000,” was released in 1998, and Aykroyd continues to perform as the Blues Brothers with John’s brother, Jim Belushi (Zee). Universal Music Group recently announced the formation of Blues Brothers Records, a joint venture between Don Was’ Blue Note label and Aykroyd, Judy Belushi and Gardner, with a mission to give aspiring blues artists a home and a global voice.

Bento Box is represented at WME by Greg Hodes and at Ziffren Brittenham by Ken Ziffren.

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 with 20th Century Fox Television and creator Loren Bouchard; Bordertown on FOX with 20th Century Fox Television, executive producer Seth MacFarlane and creator Mark Hentemann; Legends of Chamberlin Heights on Comedy Central; puppet series Glove & Boots on YouTube; and multiple other projects with the leading creators, studios, networks and distribution platforms. In addition to its production business and Bento Box Digital Studios ( – which launched in February 2016 – the company is committed to identifying and executing opportunities to maximize the power of its and its partners’ entertainment properties by creating new brand extensions and experiences through its live events and brand management divisions.  The company can be followed @bentboxent.

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Axel Ortiz

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Hello my name is Axel Ortiz…I am a Development Artist based in Los Angeles. I mainly do conceptual work not only in animation..also in video games, theme park and live action. I also work on my own projects as well.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Well, I wouldn’t say my past jobs were crazy….more like working with mentally nutty people. Worked Sears in the kids dept…dealt with crazy customers. I worked at a Pioneer Chicken for two weeks so I can make enough money to buy a comic book back issue. Before heading out to school to the Art Center….I worked at the airport down in the ramp…where I would get passengers’ luggages into the plane. In all of these places I worked with colorful characters…I would always be drawing in my sketchbooks during my breaks….or on the clock. 😛

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
There’s a few projects that I liked working on…like Big Guy and Rusty show from Sony Animation was very cool to work on…I’m a fan of the Geoff Darrow and Frank Miler book that the show is based on. I also liked working on developing characters for pitches for clients as well…getting the chance to create something new is always fun…I’ve done stuff for Nickelodeon, Bento Box, Midway, Activision, Animax and others. Lately I’m excited to be developing characters for two animated show ideas for two clients of mine. One will be pitched to Disney…let see how that goes?


Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from the greater Los Angeles area of the South Bay….not far from the beach. I got into the animation just by chance…Sometime after I graduated from the Art Center College of Design…I was doing freelance jobs and working on my own project at the time…I got a call one afternoon from Continue reading

Bradley C. Rader

What is your name and current occupation?
Bradley C. Rader, Emmy© Award winning animation director, animation storyboard artist, character designer, comic book artist, gay erotic cartoonist.

What are some of the craziest job’s you had before getting in to animation?
I worked as a maid at the Hilton Hotel, in downtown Anchorage, Alaska for 2 summers in a row (1980, 1981), summer being tourist season in Alaska. It was my favorite non-artistic job. I was on the move all day, so I was in the best shape I’d been since High School. I was required to clean 17 rooms a day (plus “spring cleaning” a couple rooms a week), and I got it down to a science. I made it a form of moving meditation, domestic Tai Chi, executing my repetitive tasks with the fewest, most economical movements.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I directed the final episode of the final season (season 3), for which I won a Continue reading