Hulu Inks Pay-TV Rights to Annapurna Pictures6 Apr, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Hulu April 6 announced a licensing agreement that gives it pay-one window streaming rights to movies released by Annapurna Pictures. Under the multiyear pact, future Annapurna movies will stream exclusively on Hulu following their theatrical release. The deal marks the biggest movie output licensing agreement for Hulu, as well as a first-of-its-kind agreement for Annapurna.
The deal follows a series of multiyear, pay-one window output agreements with IFC Films for documentaries and Magnolia Pictures. In addition, Hulu recently inked deals with Epix and The Walt Disney Studios that significantly expanded and reinforced Hulu’s increased efforts in movies over the past year.
Annapurna's first release (Aug. 4) is historical crime drama Untitled Detroit Project from director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), followed by the film adaptation of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, from director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, School of Rock) and starring Cate Blanchett.
Founded by Megan Ellison, Annapurna Pictures is the production company behind Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle, Her, The Master and Sausage Party. To date, the company’s films have amassed 32 Academy Award nominations for films.
“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,” Craig Erwich, SVP and head of content at Hulu, said in a statement.