2 time 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,” “The Awesomes,” and “Legends of Chamberlain Heights”). Joel also oversees the studio’s digital production pipeline, work- flow and technology. Not many entertainment industry professionals can list Homer Simpson, Tina Belcher and the Dalai Lama among his clients, but Joel surely can.
In a fascinating and unexpected turn of events, Joel was selected 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. The video lab is currently in it’s 17th year of operation.
Prior to forming Bento Box, Joel produced a number of animated series for various studios over his 20+ years in the industry including “The Simpsons,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Mucha Lucha,” “Dragon Tales,” “Jackie Chan Adventures,” “Men In Black,” “Extreme Ghostbusters,” and “Godzilla” to name just a few. His past and current clients include FOX, Sony, Warner Bros, ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Syfy, IFC, Netflix, Hulu, TBS, Amazon and Apple. Joel is currently serving as Executive Producer on the new animated series, “Paradise PD” which premieres on Netflix on August 31st.
Follow his adventures on Instagram @joelkuwahara.