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Co-Founder/Principal/Executive Producer

Emmy award winning producer, Joel Kuwahara is a co-founder and principal of Bento Box Entertainment, (Producers of the animated hit shows, “Bob’s Burgers,” “Brickleberry,” “Bordertown,” and “The Awesomes.”) Joel oversees the production of the company’s pilots, special projects, visual development and technology. In addition, Joel oversees the studio’s digital production pipeline and work-flow. Not many entertainment industry professionals can list Homer Simpson and the Dalai Lama among their clients, but Joel surely can.

Prior to forming Bento Box, Joel produced a number of animated series for various studios over his 20+ years in the industry including, “The Critic,” “The Simpsons,” “Mucha Lucha,” “The Goode Family,” “Men In Black,” “Extreme Ghostbusters,” and “Godzilla” to name just a few.

In a fascinating and unexpected turn of events, Joel was asked by the 14th Dalai Lama to preserve and digitize His teachings by setting up a self-sustaining digital lab at His Holiness’ monastery in Dharamsala, India. Joel currently serves as Animation Executive Producer on "Bob's Burgers" on FOX and Comedy Central's new animated series "Legends of Chamberlain Heights" which debuts Sept. 14th right after “South Park.”

Follow his adventures at Bento Box Ent. on Instagram @joelkuwahara.

Participation in El Festival:
  • Master Class: Primetime Animation | More
  • Meetings: Pitch Ideatoon | More