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Miramax Expands Hulu Streaming Rights to Japan

28 Sep, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The deal continues original Hulu Plus agreement for the United States signed in June

Miramax said it signed a deal with Hulu that makes available its vaunted film library to the online aggregator’s subscription video-on-demand members in Japan.

The agreement — announced late Sept. 27 — makes available such films as Chocolat, The English Patient, From Dusk Till Dawn, Gone Baby Gone, Good Will Hunting, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Swingers, There Will Be Blood, Scream and Spy Kids to Hulu Plus subscribers on connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, video game consoles, PCs, tablets and smartphones.

“We look forward to making our terrific movies available to many more television and digital platforms in Japan, as well as other markets throughout Asia, as the audience continues to expand exponentially and new platforms continue to proliferate,” said Miramax CEO Mike Lang in a statement.

Since becoming chief executive following the sale of Miramax by The Walt Disney Co. to an investment group, Lang aggressively has sought to monetize the studio’s catalog through numerous physical and digital distribution deals domestically and abroad.

Earlier this month Miramax signed a multiyear international agreement with Netflix to stream hundreds of its titles in Latin America, reaching territories including Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. In August Miramax titles also became available both in the United States and internationally (United Kingdom and Turkey) through Miramax’s new Facebook App, with plans to add more territories in the future.


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