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Sony looks to sell stake in Crackle

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is looking to sell a piece of its streaming service, Crackle, as it looks to grow revenue for the platform and compete with tech rivals. The move was announced by Mike Hopkins (pictured), the former Hulu CEO who joined SPT as chairman last autumn, in a company memo. He said the […]

Kaplan exits Sony as Le Goy expands role

Andy Kaplan is one of three president-level executives leaving Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), with worldwide distribution chief Keith Le Goy rising in the reshuffle. Kaplan (pictured) has been with Sony or its affiliates for nearly 30 years, and has greatly expanded the US studio’s channels operations in his most recent role. However, he will leave […]

Fox names new digital president

Fox Networks Group (FNG) has promoted from within for a new leader of its Digital Consumer Group division. Jeff Hughes, who joined FNG in 2016, will succeed Brian Sullivan in the role. He is a former BSkyB (now Sky UK) and Omniphone exec. Sullivan, a former Sky Deutschland and Sky UK chief, was promoted to […]

Fox’s Freer replaces Hulu’s Sony-bound Hopkins

US streamer Hulu has appointed Fox Networks Group (FNG) chief Randy Freer has its new CEO, with the incumbent, Mike Hopkins (pictured), switching over to Sony Pictures Television (SPT). Hulu is experiencing its moment in the sun, having become the first SVOD service to win the Best Drama Emmy for The Handmaid’s Tale, but Hopkins […]

AMC’s Stillerman headed for Hulu

AMC Networks’ Joel Stillerman is joining streaming service Hulu as chief content officer. The new role will see the exec driving overall content strategy, overseeing acquisitions, expansion of the originals slate, development and content partner management teams. Current content chief Craig Erwich will remain as senior VP and head of content, focusing on original programming […]

Hulu launches live TV streaming service

Hulu has launched its new live TV streaming service in beta in the US, offering more than 50 live and on-demand channels for US$39.99 per month. The Hulu with Live TV service, which it launched at launched at its Upfront presentation in New York, includes 50 hours of recording storage, up to six individual profiles and […]

NBC, Telemundo join Hulu live TV service

US broadcast networks NBC and Telemundo are joining Hulu’s live TV streaming service. A deal with NBCUniversal will see the networks offered on the upcoming over-the-top pay TV service. USA Network, Syfy, Bravo, E!, MSNBC, CNBC and NBCSN are also included in the deal. NBCU parent Comcast is a silent partner in Hulu, which also […]

Hulu signs up A+E Networks for live TV service

Hulu has struck a deal with A+E Networks to stream the channel operator’s six networks as part of its forthcoming streamed TV offering. The deal adds live and on-demand streaming access to the A&E, History, Lifetime, LMN, FYI and Viceland cable networks. Broadcaster-backed, on-demand service Hulu has already reached agreements with CBS Corporation, 21st Century […]

Hulu CEO lifts lid on new live-streaming service

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins has revealed fresh details about its forthcoming live streaming TV service, including more clarity on its pricing, launch date and content line-up. Speaking at Citi’s Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Hopkins said that the US service will go live in the “next few months” priced at under […]

Hulu adds Disney, Fox to channels

Disney and Fox have come on board Hulu’s new channels streaming service. The deals mean nets including ESPN and Fox Sports will be on the upcoming service, as well as Disney Channel, FX and National Geographic among others. In all, the deals cover 35 nets from Disney and Fox, including their respective broadcast nets ABC […]

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