Hulu has greenlit a long-form comedy series from RocketJump, the digital studio behind the YouTube hit series “Video Game High School,” and Lionsgate.
The as-yet untitled eight-episode series will be produced by RocketJump in association with Lionsgate Television and will stream exclusively on Hulu. No premiere date has been set.
The half-hour episodes of the series will chronicle the filmmaking process behind RocketJump’s newest short features. Full episodes will be released exclusively on Hulu on a weekly basis, along with the newly created shorts.
The project is RocketJump’s first series for Hulu — and also marks its first series to premiere exclusively off YouTube. The series joins “Deadbeat” and “Casual” as the third original series Hulu has ordered from Lionsgate.
“We firmly believe the future of television is online, and Hulu has recognized the value of quality long-form series,” said Freddie Wong, co-founder of RocketJump. “We’re incredibly excited to bring our brand of over-the-top action and comedy to a new audience in a show that will change the way you look at independent filmmaking.”
Action-comedy “Video Game High School” (pictured above) generated more than 84 million views on YouTube in its first two seasons; RocketJump launched the third season last fall, both free on YouTube and as a paid full-season download on Vimeo and other services. Over all, RocketJump has more than 7 million subscribers and 1 billion views on YouTube.
“As we continue to add the best talent to Hulu, it was a natural choice for us to partner with Freddie Wong and RocketJump,” said Beatrice Springborn, Hulu’s head of originals. “With so many great content creators in the media landscape — from film, to television, to YouTube — Freddie Wong and the RocketJump team undoubtedly bring their own brand of creativity and a new wave of talent to Hulu.”
Lionsgate announced its content-development pact with RocketJump last year. Under the deal, Lionsgate has access to RocketJump’s slate of digital content, in-house talent and fanbase. Among RocketJump’s next projects it’s developing with Lionsgate is a series called “Dimension 404,” which Wong has described as “a ‘Twilight Zone’ for the modern digital age.” On the web, a “404” error means the requested page can’t be found.
Wong co-founded RocketJump in 2010, originally as the FreddieW YouTube channel, with Matthew Arnold and Desmond Dolly.