Banijay Rights is to launch a dedicated Mr Bean: The Animated Series FAST channel, expanding the brand to free ad-supported services worldwide for the first time.

The channel will comprise the first three seasons of Mr Bean: The Animated Series produced by Tiger Aspect Kids & Family (part of Banijay Kids & Family).

Mr Bean will launch on Samsung TV Plus in the coming weeks, before rolling out on LG Channels, Plex, Rakuten TV and TCL across 29 territories this summer including the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as South Korea, India, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Mexico.

Shaun Keeble, VP Digital, Banijay Rights, said: “Mr Bean’s global image has known no bounds over the last 30-plus years so to expand this iconic brand into the FAST arena – and grow the animated series’ presence ever further – is an exciting moment for us at Banijay Rights.”

Tom Beattie, MD Tiger Aspect Kids & Family/Series Producer, said: “Mr Bean is one of the most beloved characters in British, and international, television history with a huge global footprint. It’s brilliant that fans across the world can now watch the Mr Bean animation series 24/7 on a dedicated FAST channel.”

Jennifer Batty, Samsung TV Plus’s European Head of Content Acquisition, added: “We’re thrilled to be bringing Mr Bean to our Samsung TV Plus users across Europe. Mr Bean is among the most iconic characters in television and bringing a new dedicate FAST channel and VOD offering to our service demonstrates our commitment to provide users with all the content that they love, for free.”

At the start of the year, it was announced Mr Bean: The Animated Series had been commissioned for a fourth run (52×11), produced by Tiger Aspect Kids & Family, in partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery and ITVX, through deals agreed by Banijay Rights. Executive produced and voiced by Rowan Atkinson, it will air on Cartoonito and HBO Max across EMEA, on Warner Bros. Discovery’s kids channels and streaming services across South East Asia and South Asia, and on ITVX Kids in the UK and Eire from 2025, which will be the 35thanniversary of the first live-action episode. Last month, it was announced that Banijay Kids & Family is representing the worldwide licensing and merchandising rights for the Mr Bean brand.

Jon Creamer

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