Hulu Original Series Boss Charlotte Koh Departs Amid Shake-Up

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 4:03pm PDT

hulu5__131120195159-275x122Charlotte Koh, head of content development at Hulu Originals, has departed the streaming company. The move comes just more than a week after Hulu hired seasoned TV development executive Craig Erwich. The former president of Warner Horizon was tapped as SVP and head of content March 31, tasked with leading the content and programming strategy for Hulu and Hulu Plus as one of the first major hires by new CEO Mike Hopkins. TheAwesomesThat move apparently made things more crowded with Koh, who helped launch Hulu originals like animated The Awesomes (renewed for Season 2 to air this summer), comedy The Wrong Mans and docu-series Behind The Mask. (Koh unveiled 17 original series on tap for 2014 in a January blog post.) But that push came at a time when Netflix and Amazon made major strides establishing slates of network-quality comedy and drama series, and the hiring of Erwich signaled Hulu’s intention to become a major player in those arenas. The service’s most recent original series, comedy Deadbeat starring Tyler Labine, debuted today. It centers on a man whose life revolves around helping ghosts reach the afterlife. Read More »

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Hulu Inks Exclusive Streaming Deal With NBCUniversal Series

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 8:56am PDT

hulu5__131120195159-275x122The exclusive licensing deal announced today makes Hulu Plus the exclusive destination for all previous seasons of Universal TV’s The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with BrooklynNineNine.episodicBravo series like … Read More »

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Warner Horizon’s Craig Erwich Joins Hulu As Head Of Content

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 11:04am PDT
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erwichHulu is making a statement in the original content arena with the hire of seasoned TV development executive Craig Erwich. Erwich, who recently exited his post as president of Warner Horizon, has been tapped as SVP and head of content to lead the content and programming strategy for Hulu and Hulu Plus. This marks one of the first major hires for new Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, who made the announcement. “Craig is ready to hit the ground running hulu5__131120195159-275x122and lead us as we increase our overall content offerings,” Hopkins said. “Craig is the perfect guy for the job — he has been developing shows and programming networks for over 20 years. He has impressed me and others who’ve met him with his collaborative approach, humility and tenacity to do what he believes.” While Hulu has had traction with some originals, including animated comedy The Awesomes, which returns for Season 2 this summer, the online service has been overshadowed by rivals Netflix and Amazon, which have established slates of network-quality comedy and drama series that, in the case of Netflix, already go toe to toe with the traditional network fare for awards consideration. Hiring an experienced TV executive like Erwich signals Hulu’s intention to become a major player in the arena and possibly expand into drama. Hulu’s next original series, comedy Deadbeat starring Tyler Labine, debuts April 9. Read More »

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Hulu Hit With Class-Action Suit Over Automatic Renewals

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 3:52pm PDT

It’s nothing nefarious, but some California subscribers to the streaming service have a gripe with the way their accounts have been handled. A 52-page class-action lawsuit (read it here) filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court claims that hulu5__131120195159-275x122HuluRead More »

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Hulu Selling Its Japan Service To Nippon TV

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 6:58pm PST

After taking itself off the selling block last summer, Hulu now appears to be focusing its attention on the domestic front. Mike Hopkins, came to Hulu as CEO in October, said in a blog post today that Nippon TV is Read More »

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CBS Expands Licensing Deal With Hulu Plus, Nearly Doubling Episodes

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 9:21am PST

huluplusThe 2,600 new episodes going to the streaming service in the non-exclusive arrangement will include Undercover Boss, United States Of Tara, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Ghost Whisperer, the companies just announced. Also in the package are hits from the CBSRead More »

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‘Nashville’ Heading To Hulu Plus

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 8:04am PST

hulu5__131120195159-275x122Disney/ABC Television Group has inked an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement with Hulu Plus for SVOD rights to the drama series. Beginning now, all past Nashville episodes and clips  are available on the subscription service. Currently in its second season, Nashville, produced … Read More »

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‘Blue Bloods’ Heading To Hulu As Last Piece Of Syndication Plan

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 10:54am PST

blue_bloodsCBS has signed a non-exclusive content licensing agreement with Hulu Plus for Blue Bloods, the CBS TV Studios drama that earlier this week landed off-net deals with ION and WGN America. The news of an SVOD partner is the final piece of the multi-platform syndication pie for the hulu5Friday cop procedural, now in its fourth season; it’s the same model used to recently sell another CBS TV Distribution product, CBS’ Elementary. Hulu will begin offering the first four seasons of Blue Bloods beginning later this year. Read More »

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Hulu Unveils 2014 Slate: ‘Deadbeat’ Set For April Debut, ‘East Los High’ Renewed For Season 2

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 8:02am PST

huluHulu will premiere its new supernatural comedy Deadbeat on April 9. Directed by Troy Miller, the series is Hulu’s first co-production with Lionsgate TV. Hulu also announced today it is re-upping teen drama East Los High for a second season and will distribute reality TV satire The Hotwives Of Orlando from Paramount Digital Entertainment. Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Danielle Schneider, and Andrea Savage star as six of Orlando, Florida’s hottest housewives who are ready to drink, fight, and cry, sometimes all at the same time. In addition, Hulu will release the original Scandinavian version of the drama series The Bridge, recently adapted for U.S. audiences by FX, as well as the Canadian reality-style dance drama The Next Step, acquired from BBC Worldwide North America. And the second season of Chris O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy Moone Boy will make a return in the spring.

In the second half of 2014, Hulu will release second seasons of Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker’s animated The Awesomes, Josh Greenbaum’s docu-series Behind The Mask and John Lehr and Nancy Hower’s Western comedy Quick Draw. Tom Hollander also returns in season three of Rev. Click over for the full lineup: Read More »

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Deadline Big Media 64 – The Chris DeWolfe Podcast

By | Saturday December 21, 2013 @ 3:24pm PST

Deadline Big Media episode 64Deadline Financial Editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom talk with Chris DeWolfe, CEO of SGN Games and former CEO and co-founder of MySpace, about the very big and very quickly evolving businesses of online … Read More »

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Hulu Says Revenues Hit $1B In 2013, +43.9%

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 9:01am PST

Hulu‘s not a public company, so it can disclose just the financial information it wants.hulu5 And of course the numbers CEO Mike Hopkins just revealed in a blog post look pretty good — suggesting that Hulu’s making … Read More »

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Hulu Picks Up ‘Behind The Mask’ For Second Season

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST

Hulu has ordered 10 episodes of docu-series Behind The Mask, a behind-the-scenes look into the world of sports mascots. Season 2 will introduce three new characters at the high school, college and professional levels. There are four episodes left in … Read More »

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Hulu Renews ‘Quick Draw’ For Season 2

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 9:00am PST

Hulu has ordered a 10-episode second season of comedic half-hour western Quick Draw. The series from John Lehr and Nancy Hower joins Deadbeat and The Awesomes for Hulu’s 2014 originals slate. Co-creator and star Lehr returns as Harvard-educated … Read More »

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Fox Unspools 8 Minutes Of ‘Almost Human’: Video

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT

After postponing the series debut of sci-fi-tinged crime drama Almost Human by two weeks, Fox is giving Hulu-watchers a sneak peek at the premiere episode. The Karl Urban-fronted series airs in a two-night event on Sunday and Monday, November 17-18. Check out this eight-minute clip:

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Hulu Names Ex-Disney Exec Elaine Paul New CFO

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 12:09pm PDT

Elaine Paul has joined Hulu as CFO, the first major move by the streaming service since Mike Hopkins boarded as CEO last week. Hopkins made the announcement today to staff on the Hulu blog. Paul was … Read More »

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Hulu, Fangoria Launch New Horror Channel

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Hulu and Hulu Plus are getting an infusion of fan-favorite horror titles just in time for Halloween. Fangoria magazine and its distribution partner Brainstorm Media have teamed with Hulu on a new genre channel at … Read More »

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Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman, Episode 55

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 2:14pm PDT

Listen to (and share) episode 55 of our audio podcast Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. In this special edition of the podcast, Deadline’s executive business editor talks with Harvard Business School Professor Anita Elberse about her new book, Blockbusters: Hitmaking, Risktaking And The Big Business Of Entertainment, and what it means for making movies in Hollywood these days. David also talks with host David Bloom about how much longer the big bull run for media stocks can continue; a sudden hiccup in the confirmation of a new FCC chairman; and where Hulu might be headed under its just-named CEO as it considers taking on Netflix.

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Hulu Names Fox Networks Exec Mike Hopkins CEO

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 12:21pm PDT

The new Hulu CEO is best known for his years crafting carriage deals for Fox cable channels including FX and, more recently, Fox Sports 1. That suggests a change in strategy — a shift in focus from producing content to expanding distribution — for the streaming service controlled by Fox, Disney and Comcast. Mike Hopkins replaces Andy Forssell, the former SVP Content who championed original programming including The Awesomes after he replaced Jason Kilar on an interim basis beginning in March — and now is leaving Hulu. Hopkins “has a strong understanding of programming, digital distribution and consumer behavior, and a great vision for Hulu’s next chapter,” says Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney. Hulu’s fate was in doubt early this year. The owners entertained bids for it before deciding in July to keep it, and supply $750M to accelerate its growth. Many believe that backers will invest even more to turn it into a full-fledged competitor to Netflix, especially as recent shows from broadcast and pay TV services begin to appear on cable and satellite TV Everywhere streaming platforms. Liberty Media’s John Malone raised that possibility last week. And last month Disney CEO Bob Iger said that Netflix hadn’t yet cornered the streaming video market, presumably leaving room for Hulu. Here’s today’s release from Hulu: Read More »

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Hulu Renews Seth Meyers’ ‘The Awesomes’

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

Hulu‘s animated superhero comedy The Awesomes has been renewed for a 10-epiosode second season. The series co-created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker launched in August and is one of the top 10 most-watched shows on the … Read More »

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