US on-demand service Hulu has acquired exclusive digital rights to Unreal, the Lifetime drama series set in the world of reality TV, and given a two-season order to a Hugh Laurie-fronted medical drama.
The deal hands Hulu exclusive SVOD rights to the series from A+E Networks, which distributes the series.
The SVOD agreement means the show will be on the Hulu premium service and its paid-for ‘limited commercials’ plan, but not via the free option.
Based on Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s independent short film Sequin Raz, the series is produced by A+E Studios. The drama takes place on the set of a reality dating series, focusing on one of the young female producers as she manipulates the show’s contestants.
International buyers of the show include TF1 in France and Antena 3 in Spain.
The Hulu deal follows an earlier agreement between the platform and A+E for a raft of non-exclusive titles including Project Runway, Storage Wars, Intervention, Pawn Stars and American Pickers.
Elsewhere, Hulu has ordered Chance, a Hugh Laurie-starring thriller from Fox 21 Studios. The series is based on the eponymous Kem Nunn thriller and follows a forensic neuropsychiatrist (Laurie) who becomes embroiled in the criminal underworld.