Canada’s feature animation companies Pipeline Studios and ToonBox Entertainment have come together to re-create the magic of 2014 hit The Nut Job, but this time in an episodic-series for television entertainment.
As a part of the agreement, which follows last year’s multi-year co-development deal between the two companies, Pipeline and Toonbox will also work hand-in-hand to develop and co-produce a slate of animated content, both original and also based on their most recognised brands.
Their partnership’s first co-production would be the 2D animation series The Nut Job, catering to kids aged six to 11. It’s theatrical version ended up grossing $120 million at the box-office as the heist-comedy particularly struck a chord with its young viewers, and the production companies have been working on its development whilst also roping in Emmy Award-winning Grant Moran as the showrunner.
“After reviewing the possible strategic partners across the globe to help us create a successful series slate, we are excited to say that Pipeline Studios is a perfect fit with a long line of successful productions and a track record of producing award-winning animation with their state-of-the-art facilities,” commented Toonbox Entertainment CEO Hong Kim. “They possess the same values that we have as a family content producer. We’re honored to work with them to expand both our brands.”
Pipeline Studios CEO Luis Lopez added, “We’re thrilled to announce this partnership. We are bringing two world-class teams together to develop and produce a library of hit shows and movies that can be delivered on all platforms. This is an exciting new phase for our companies bringing mutually beneficial synergistic opportunities, both our companies will continue to enjoy sustainable growth as a result of this alliance.”