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Animation+, a new cartoon streaming service and studio from Streaming Ink Media in partnership with Samsung TV Plus, launches Wednesday and brings together some of the hottest names in animated comedy, such as Explosm Entertainment of “Cyanide and Happiness” and Hunter Hancock of “MeatCanyon” and “Papa Meat.”

“By launching the Animation+ brand with Samsung, we are establishing ourselves with a leading global media, technology and device manufacturer… As we expand our premium content subscription service, our relationship with Samsung will position our service as a premier streamer,” SIM co-founder John Fitzpatrick said in an announcement obtained exclusively by TheWrap.

Animation+ is a streaming service focused exclusively on animated comedy. Available to users of Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s FAST channel, in the US and Canada, the platform offers over 600 hours of animated comedy content popular with millennials and Gen Z.

Streaming Ink Media was co-founded by Evan Weiss and Fitzpatrick, animation comedy industry veterans who met while working with creators at Studio71 and Collective Digital on projects like “Fred: The Movie” and “The Cyanide and Happiness Show.” The pair co-founded the company in 2022.

Over the next year, Animation+ plans to offer new original content beyond existing animated content.

“Animation+ Studios is developing new originals and plans to launch a premium service with over 10 new original half-hour series, 11-minute series, feature-length projects and video games scheduled to premiere in 2025,” the announcement said.

Commenting on the launch of the platform, Rob Denbleyker, Dave McElfatrick and Kris Wilson of Explosm Entertainment said: “We have known the founders of Animation+ for over a decade and are excited to be part of their vision to bring together some of our favorite creators. As huge animation fans, we are thrilled.”

SIM’s creative partners, such as Explosm and Hunter Hancock, have a combined total of over 90 million subscribers and 20 billion YouTube views.

Animation+ partners also include Jarrad Wright (“The Big Lez Official”), Tom Hinchliffe and Don Greger (“FlashGitz”), David Firth (“Salad Fingers”), Mike Carfora and Adam Mickiewicz (“Bridge Kids”), Drue and Myles Langlois (“Apollo Gauntlet” and “Dudes of Hazmat”), Joost Lieuwma (“Cartoon Box”), Ross Bollinger (“Pencilmation”), Paul Georghiou (“Day Job” and “Smiling Friends”), Marc M (“Sick Animation” and “Smiling Friends”), Joe Cappa (“HaHa You Clowns” and “Ghost Dogs”) and Carson Mell (“Tarantula”).

“Currently, the FAST channel landscape is dominated by outdated content with nostalgia appeal. Animation+ offers a refreshingly current, relevant variety of content within the adult animation genre as our studio works alongside these popular creators to develop original premium content,” said Weiss.

A beta version of the Animation+ app will be made available to a limited number of users and developers later this year.

Patrick Courtney, Valerie Kaplan, Adam Chitwood, TheGrill2023

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