×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hulu Inks Annapurna Pictures Pay-One TV Window Movie Output Deal

Pact is largest movie-output deal for Hulu to date

Hulu and Annapurna Pictures have reached an output-licensing agreement that will grant Hulu pay-one window streaming rights to films released by the film producer and distributor.

It’s the biggest film output agreement for Hulu to date, as well as the first-of-its-kind agreement for Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. Under the multiyear pact, future films released by Annapurna Pictures will stream exclusively on Hulu following their theatrical release.

Annapurna’s first release under the Hulu deal will be “Detroit,” a film about the 1967 Detroit riots directed by Kathryn Bigelow, slated to bow Aug. 4, 2017. In production is the film adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” to be directed by Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett. “Pay one” refers to the first movie-release window on television; those rights historically have been acquired by premium cable networks.

Annapurna Pictures releases have included Oscar-nominated films “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Joy,” “American Hustle,” “Foxcatcher,” “Her” and “The Master.”

“We are thrilled to have found a forward-thinking partner and home for Annapurna’s films in Hulu and are excited that the work of our filmmakers will be available and easily accessible for audiences on this amazing platform,” Annapurna president of distribution Erik Lomis said in announcing the agreement.

Craig Erwich, Hulu’s senior VP and head of content, added: “Annapurna Pictures has developed a well-known reputation of delivering standout, award winning films year after year. These are exactly the types of titles we look for to expand our film offering, and we are confident that our viewers will love watching their future slate of releases on Hulu.”

The deal follows Hulu’s pay -one window output agreements with indie distributors IFC Films for documentaries and Magnolia Pictures. In addition, the streamer recently set deals with Epix and Walt Disney Studios that expanded Hulu’s film library over the past year.

Chris Corabi, Josh Small and Don Hardison negotiated the deal on behalf of Annapurna.

Hulu — which is preparing the launch this spring of a live TV streaming service, priced at under $40 monthly — is owned by Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast, with Time Warner holding a 10% stake.

More Digital

  • Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality

    Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality Nightmare

    At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Google announced that it has taken up the long and ever-lengthening dream of the video game streaming service. Meant to replace the hefty, pricey, altogether confounding experience of buying and using various gaming hardware, Google Stadia will run video games on Google’s own hardware in a server [...]

  • crunchyroll logo

    Crunchyroll Raises Subscription Price to $7.99

    AT&T-owned anime subscription video service Crunchyroll is raising its monthly subscription price from $6.95 to $7.99 a month, it announced in an email to members Friday. It’s the service’s first price increase ever, according to a spokesperson. The new pricing will go into effect on May 1 for new subscribers, while existing members will see [...]

  • StyleHaul

    StyleHaul Shuts Down U.S. Operations, Lays Off About 65 Employees

    The axe is falling on StyleHaul: The fashion, beauty and lifestyle digital media and marketing company owned by RTL Group is shuttering U.S. operations, resulting the layoff of around 65 employees. StyleHaul offices in L.A., with about 55 employees, and in New York City, with around 10 staffers, are closing. RTL said StyleHaul’s U.K. operations, [...]

  • Bandsintown Platform Acquires Hypebot, MusicThinkTank

    Bandsintown Platform Acquires Hypebot, MusicThinkTank

    Bandsintown, a leading platform for letting music fans know about upcoming concerts by their favorite artists, has acquired Hypebot, a news site publishing stories about the music industry and technology, and its sister site MusicThinkTank. “I’m proud to share that Hypebot and MusicThinkTank have been acquired by Bandsintown,” wrote Bruce Houghton, the founder of the [...]

  • Vertigo Games Believes ‘Location-Based Virtual Reality’

    Vertigo Games Believes ‘Location-Based Virtual Reality’ Is Future of VR

    As virtual reality becomes more and more available, many developers are looking for new frontiers to expand the experiences offered by the tech. For Netherlands-based Vertigo Games, that next frontier is what they call “location-based virtual reality.” It’s essentially high-quality VR experiences where players aren’t tethered to a PC or even to the confines of [...]

  • GDC 2019: Google's Play For Gaming

    GDC 2019: Google's Play for Gaming Ubiquity, Rise of Ray Tracing, Store Wars

    The Game Developers Conference finished up Friday evening, wrapping one of the most exciting GDCs in recent memory with Google’s splashy entrance into AAA video gaming, the emergence of real-time ray tracing as a compelling technology for film, TV, and games, and the growing war between two global estore powerhouses: Valve’s Steam and the Epic [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content