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Hulu, Turner Ink First SVOD Agreement

23 Apr, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Hulu and Turner Broadcasting System April 23 announced an extensive, multiyear licensing agreement that will grant Hulu exclusive SVOD rights to previous seasons of programming from Cartoon Network and Adult Swim as well as select current and upcoming series from TNT and TBS.

The deal marks the first-ever licensing agreement between Time Warner-owned Turner and Hulu.

Episodes from past seasons of TNT’s “The Last Ship” and “Murder in the First,” Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty,” “Black Jesus,” “NTSF:SD:SUV” and Cartoon Network’s “The Amazing World of Gumball,” “Steven Universe,” “Over the Garden Wall” and “Clarence” will be made available. In addition, all Cartoon Network series will be available to stream ad-free on Hulu Kids.

Full prior seasons of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Ben 10,” as well as “Robot Chicken,” “The Venture Bros.,” “Adventure Time” and “Regular Show” also will be available. Hulu becomes the exclusive SVOD destination to stream Adult Swim and Cartoon Network classics, including “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!,” “Sealab 2021” and “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.”

Hulu also obtains exclusive SVOD rights to select future series launching on TNT, TBS, Adult Swim and Cartoon Network over the coming years, including TBS’s upcoming series “Angie Tribeca,” which will be available on Hulu after its full-season run on TBS.

"This deal with Hulu demonstrates the high demand for our programming in the marketplace," David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting, said in a statement. "This is a great opportunity to grow the reach of the networks' original programming and complements our strategy of utilizing multiple platforms — including SVOD — to drive sampling, introduce new viewers to our content."

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