Ex-Nelvana execs helm Bento Box’s new kids division

Irene Weibel and Andrew Kerr have co-founded Sutikki, Bento Box Entertainment's new kids unit that already has a project with In the Night Garden creator Andrew Davenport in the works.
October 11, 2016

Bento Box Entertainment, the studio behind Fox series Bob’s Burgers, has launched a new L.A.-based kids and family division headed up by former Nelvana execs Irene Weibel and Andrew Kerr.

Sutikki—which is Japanese for sticky —will develop, produce and distribute kids and family-focused brands and content, kicking off with a partnership with In the Night Garden creator Andrew Davenport.

Sutikki will be the primary production partner and global commercial product licensor for the next  series to come out of Davenport’s company Foundling Bird. On top of In the Night Garden, Davenport co-created preschool juggernaut Teletubbies and wrote all 365 episodes of the series.

With a focus on two- to 11-year-olds, the division marks Bento Box’s first foray into the kids marketplace.

Prior to co-founding Sutikki, Weibel served as VP and head of Corus Enterainment-owned Nelvana Studio, where she managed the development slate and served as executive producer on all series in production, including Mike the Knight and Disney’s Lucky Duck.

Kerr comes to Sutikki after serving as co-head of Nelvana Enterprises until this past spring. He oversaw all aspects of the Corus Kids distribution and merchandising business, as well as Nelvana’s brand rights in the Americas and Australasia, working on global hits including Bakunin, Beyblade and the reboot of Zhu Zhu Pets.


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