Hulu Hires NBCU’s Philip Matthys to Head Business Affairs for Original Series

Philip Matthys, who previously led deal negotiations for NBCUniversal’s cable unit, has joined Hulu as head of business affairs for original series.

In his new role, Matthys will be responsible for negotiating all development and production pacts for Hulu’s slate of original series with partners including Warner Bros., Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television and Lionsgate.

Matthys officially starts at Hulu on Aug. 31, reporting to Chadwick Ho, senior VP and general counsel.

Hulu has been more aggressively filling out its originals lineup over the past year, as it looks to attract more users to its subscription VOD service and compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Prior to joining Hulu, Matthys spent nearly 13 years with NBCU. Most recently, he was senior VP of business affairs for USA Network, Syfy Channel and Universal Cable Prods. Before joining NBCUniversal, he worked for law firm Irell & Manella, specializing in entertainment and intellectual property issues.

NBCU is one of Hulu’s owners, along with 21st Century Fox and Disney.

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