Netflix, Hulu ‘could buy prodcos in 2014’

Another report into media industry mergers and acquisitions activity has singled out Netflix and Hulu as the likely drivers of business next year. OTT services could “act as a catalyst for M&A activity” in 2014, auditor KPMG has predicted. “Many of these businesses are moving from offering ‘secondary’ content – TV content and films which […]

Hulu acquires four Smokebomb digital dramas

US streaming service Hulu has acquired four shortform series produced by Canadian digital prodco Smokebomb Entertainment, including dystopian sci-fi show State of Syn. The shows will roll out on Hulu over the next month. State of Syn is billed as an 8x5mins “3D-enable sci-fi motion novel”, while Long Story, Short is a “provocative” 11x5mins drama, […]

Netflix, Hulu drive OTT device growth

More than 1.7 billion devices capable of streaming over-the-top (OTT) video from services like Netflix and Hulu are due to be shipped by the end of the year, according to new research by IHS. The Consumer Electronics Topical Report predicts that OTT-enabled device shipments will jump 20% compared to last year, when 1.43billion units were […]

News brief: Hulu adds Thomas, Sesame Street, Bob

US streaming service Hulu has added hundreds of episodes of children’s TV programming. As of today Hulu Kids will include new episodes of shows such as Sesame Street, Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot and The Electric Company. There will also be new Spanish-language programming. Hulu closed the […]

Hulu talking to pay TV operators

US internet TV service is reportedly in early talks with a number of pay TV providers about the possibility of offering Hulu’s subscription service as part of their TV bundles. According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people familiar with the situation, Hulu is discussing potential partnerships with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox […]

21st Century Fox: Hulu can compete with Netflix

US on-demand service Hulu can be a viable alternative to OTT market leader Netflix, the president and COO of 21st Century Fox has claimed. The comments come after Fox Networks Group distribution president Mike Hopkins became Hulu’s new CEO last month and after a second failed attempt by its broadcaster parents to sell the business […]

Spain’s drama producers look to go global

Spain’s crisis has forced TV producers to seek international business. Local fiction continues to dominate Spanish primetime, but the dramatic fall in investment in TV advertising has obliged broadcasters to cut their budgets for originals. Creating virtue out of necessity, an increasing number of drama producers are looking beyond Spanish border and beginning to reap […]

Hulu confirms CEO hire, Forssell to leave the company

US video-on-demand site Hulu has confirmed the appointment of Fox Networks executive Mike Hopkins as its new CEO. In a statement, Hulu said that interim chief executive Andy Forssell, who has led the company since Jason Kilar’s departure in March, will leave the company. The news comes a week after Hulu was reported to be […]

Intel Media exec Eric Huggers ‘eyes Hulu role’

Intel Media’s corporate VP and general manager Erik Huggers has reportedly expressed interest in the vacant CEO role at US internet TV firm Hulu. According to a New York Post report, Huggers, along with NBCUniversal executive VP Lauren Zalaznick and Fox Networks group president Mike Hopkins, have shown interest in the role. Citing unnamed sources, the […]

MIPCOM Hot Pick: Hulu’s True Heroines

This series almost certainly represents the first time burlesque dancing, sci-fi and period dramedy have come together on any size or type of screen. True Heroines is a project that began life in the nightclubs of the Canadian west, where the True Heroines burlesque troupe have been performing a risqué routine for years. When their […]

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