Bento Box Atlanta is a division of Bento Box Entertainment,  a multiple Emmy® Award-winning entertainment content and technology company.  Established by Bento Box Entertainment in 2012, Bento Box Atlanta is a full service animation studio that has the best-in-class creative and production teams at the heart of its studio. Bento Box fuses the process between artist and technology to develop and produce quality content in a timely, cost-effective, and scalable manner. 

 

Bento Box Atlanta has the ability to access Georgia Tax credits and incentives up to 30% of spend in Georgia. The Buckhead location features a 100 seat animation studio that can expand to 200 seats and houses  highly skilled 2D animation, CG backgrounds and props, and character and art design teams.  

 

Bento Box’s proven experience, innovative digital production pipeline and talent-centric focus, enables leading writers, actors, producers, animators and content creators to develop and produce groundbreaking, quality projects across all distribution platforms.

 

CRAIG HARTIN

Raised on a farm in rural Alabama, Craig Hartin never thought he would see the bright lights of Hollywood... boy was he right. Doomed to stay in the South forever, Craig only made it as far as Atlanta, where sometime in the late 1970's he met a guy who knew a guy that talked to a guy that needed an animator for a pilot called Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Craig became that animator.

 

Over the course of his 15 years on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Craig worked his way up from animator to director/producer on that show, and has similar credits on many others including Out There, The Awesomes, The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, Perfect Hair Forever, 12 oz. Mouse, Freakshow, Archer, and Squidbillies.

 

Currently, Craig is working as Executive in Charge of Production for Bento Box Atlanta and is overseeing the production of the new BBC Children’s series Moon and Me.

Executive in Charge

JASON STIFF

Prior to joining the Bento Box Atlanta team as a Producer in March of 2016, Jason was an Emmy® and 6 time Golden Reel Award winner during his time with Nickelodeon Animation Studios, where he served as Vice President of Post Production. There he managed animation pipelines for television, direct to video, commercials, promos and other special projects including live action integration using a multitude of systems.  His work has taken him to many different countries including South Korea, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland and others to manage the technology and workflow back to the US.

 

Jason's credits include King of the Hill for Fox; SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Invader Zim, Dora the Explorer in addition to numerous other series for Nickelodeon; Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ultimate Spider Man for Marvel; as well as work on series for Comedy Central, Netflix, and Adult Swim.  He is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Producer

JASON SHWARTZ

Director

AARON HAWKINS

Director

Jason Shwartz has been directing animation at Bento Box Atlanta since its inception.  After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Film and Animation, Jason moved to Atlanta to defrost. He began his career working on [adult swim] shows including Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies.

 

Jason, also known as "the lost Coen brother"*, briefly left television to form his own studio.  There he served as creative director and producer where he created video game and animated content for clients including Disney, McDonald's, Garfield, Marvel, and ESPN. 

 

Jason joined Bento Box Atlanta in 2012 where he has been director on IFC's Out There, Hulu's The Awesomes, Comedy Central's Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Disney's Future-Worm Shorts, Netflix's The Who Was? Show, FX's Chozen, and [adult swim]'s Lazor Wulf.  Seen as a “young Marty Scorsese"*, Jason has delivered over 1,500 minutes of animated content from Bento Box directly to your brain! 

 

*Quotes taken directly from Jason's mom.

After graduating from RISD, Aaron began his career as an animator and storyboard artist.  He worked for studios in Boston, NY and Atlanta on various series including Noggin’s O’Grady, PBS Kids’ WordGirl, Adult Swim’s Squidbillies & Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Comedy Central’s Freak Show, and FX’s Unsupervised.

 

Before joining Bento Box Atlanta, Aaron was the creative director at an overseas studio running production on an animated children’s series for US distribution.  There he managed a large team of designers and animators while partnering with affiliate studios in Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur.

 

As a director for Bento Box Atlanta, Aaron has been instrumental in leading animated shorts and series including:  Adult Swim’s Lazor Wulf, SNL’s David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special, Netflix’s Paradise PD, and Adult Swim’s Bad Guys.  He is currently co-directing SyFy’s new animated series Alien News Desk, starring SNL’s Will Forte and Heidi Gardner.

 

Bento Box Atlanta

1776 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 550 

Atlanta, GA 30309

 
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