Randy Freer


Hulu chief discusses keeping up with Netflix

Hulu is unlikely to try and keep up with Netflix’s huge commitment to original content, despite a shake-up of its ownership structure owing to major media mergers, according to CEO Randy Freer. In an interview with CNBC, Freer said that Hulu will probably make “20 or 25” shows next year. Netflix by comparison has pledged to […]

Hulu reorganises leading teams, eliminates chief content officer role

Hulu has launched a major reorganisation across its top teams in content, technology, marketing and data, and eliminated its chief content officer role with Joel Stillerman departing the company. The US-focused streamer will now organise its content team into two groups, one that focuses on acquired on-demand and live content partners and another that harbours […]

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 […]

Hulu reaches 17m subscribers in 2017

Hulu ended last year with more than 17 million total US subscribers across its subscription video-on-demand and live TV offerings. The figure marks a 40% increase from Hulu’s last publicly reported number, with its subscriber growing by more than five million users compared to 2016. Announcing the stats, Hulu, which has VOD and SVOD tiers, […]

Sullivan lands Fox president post after Freer’s Hulu exit

Brian Sullivan has been named president and COO of Fox Networks Group (FNG), with former incumbent Randy Freer now bedded in at Hulu. Former Sky Deutschland chief Sullivan takes on a broad operational role that will see him in charge of revenue and distribution at Fox Television Group, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Partners. […]

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 […]

Hernan Lopez exits in Fox reorganisation

Fox has reorganised its international channels and content division along regional lines in a shake-up that sees Fox International Channels brand dropped and FIC CEO Hernan Lopez exit. The international business will now be organised under the Fox Networks Group banner, with three distinct regional divisions: Europe, Asia and Latin America. Jan Koeppen will become […]

Berman resurfaces with Fox-backed Jackal

Gail Berman has resurfaced six months after leaving her US prodco BermanBraun, and will lead a new Fox Networks Group-backed production group. The Jackal Group will focus on scripted, unscripted and factual programming. Berman will have an equity stake in the business, and lead it as CEO and chairman. She will sit on the board […]