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eOne takes int’l rights to Hulu’s Fyre Fraud

Entertainment One (eOne) has secured international rights to Fyre Fraud, Hulu’s feature-length doc about the failed music festival which scammed thousands of millennials. Fyre Fraud ignited conversations this year with its personal true-crime investigation of one of the biggest con-men of the last decade, Billy MacFarland. McFarland is serving 6 years in jail for deceiving […]

TCAs: Hulu, WarnerMedia execs lift lid on streaming future

Top brass at Hulu and WarnerMedia have lifted the lid on their streaming plays as the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour reaches its final week. TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly, who is to lead the content strategy for parent company WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, said that the business – whose portfolio includes HBO, […]

Disney to lose $150m in third-party licensing revenue in 2019

Disney has confirmed that the business will this year lose around $150m in content licensing revenues – money from content it would have sold to third-party channels and platforms. The business will instead keep that content for its own services, most notably Disney+, which is expected to launch at the end of this year. Chief […]

Banijay sends Israeli drama Juda to Hulu

Banijay Rights has sold Israeli scripted series Juda into US streaming service Hulu, and secured a studio option for an English remake. The distribution arm of Banijay Group has sold the vampire drama, which was originally produced by Israel’s United Studios for cable channel Hot, into the SVOD, where it will premiere early this year. […]

Hulu drops price for popular plan after Disney’s streaming loss reveal

Hulu is dropping the price of its most popular streaming plan by $2 and hiking up the charge for its Live TV service by $5 after it was revealed to have made a $580m loss for Disney, its 60% owner, earlier this week. Days after Netflix raised its rates in the US, Hulu has announced […]

Disney offers earnings forecast, reveals $580m Hulu losses

Disney has broken out its financial results for direct-to-consumer and international activities for the first time as it prepares for the launch of its Disney+ streaming service. DTC activities on their own – principally Hulu – turned in revenue of US$1.494 billion in 2018, up 22%, but operating losses also increased from US$96 million to […]

Saudi-backed broadcaster hires ex-Hulu exec for streaming push

Saudi-backed broadcaster MBC Group is looking to take on Netflix in the Middle East as it ramps up streaming plans. The Dubai-based broadcaster, which is controlled by the Saudi government, has appointed former Hulu exec Johannes Larcher to expand the MBC digital platform Shahid. The broadcaster, which is the largest free-to-air Arab broadcaster and operates […]

Hulu ups subscribers by 48% in 2018

Hulu ended 2018 with 25 million subscribers, an increase of 48% year-on-year, marking its best year yet for signups and total subscriber gains, according to the business.  The US video streaming service added eight million subscribers in 2018 and expanded its on-demand library to over 85,000 episodes – adding series like The Good Doctor, Killing […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi hires ex-Hulu execs

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile TV platform Quibi has hired former Hulu execs Tim Connolly and Jim O’Gorman. Connolly, who was formerly senior VP of partnerships and distribution at Hulu, has joined the company as head of partnerships and advertising. The exec will be in charge of business relationships with subscriber acquisition partners such as app stores, […]

Hulu picks up ITV drama Butterfly

Hulu has picked up US rights to ITV mini-series Butterfly, which follows the story of an 11-year-old boy as he transitions into a female. Created and penned by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Tony Marchant and starring International Emmy actress Anna Friel (Marcella), the emotional 3×60-minute series will make its debut on Hulu on 18 January 2019. […]

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