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Hulu Acquires Rights to 'Curious George'
Hulu is expanding its kids programming.
In a multiyear deal, the streamer has secured the rights to animated series Curious George. Under the pact, past seasons of the show, as well as television specials and feature-length movies starring the beloved monkey, will stream exclusively on Hulu's commercial-free kids section. The streamer also will be the home of any future seasons of the series.
Beginning March 31, all nine seasons of Curious George will be available to watch on Hulu, along with television specials including Curious George: Swings Into Spring, Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas, along with the feature-length originals Curious George: Follow That Monkey and Curious George: Back to the Jungle.
Produced by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s production arm, Universal 1440 Entertainment, Curious George has consistently ranked as the highest-rated children’s animated preschool series on PBS Kids and has won two Emmys for outstanding children’s animated program.
“Curious George is one of the most beloved characters in kids programming and we are delighted to bring the TV series to Hulu,” Craig Erwich, senior vp and head of content at Hulu, said Thursday in a statement. “As we continue to add the best of premium television to our service, this partnership represents both an expansion and a commitment to our kids and family offering.”
Added Frances Manfredi, president NBCUniversal TV and New Media Distribution: “We are thrilled to partner with Hulu on Curious George, and we salute them for recognizing the value of this important children’s series and the significance of its addition to their kids and family offering.”
Said Glenn Ross, executive vp and general manager of Universal 1440 Entertainment: “For 75 years, Curious George has transcended generations, inspiring and delighting children and parents around the world. Through this landmark alliance, television’s acclaimed property has found the ideal digital home in Hulu Kids, ensuring that Curious George’s extraordinary legacy and longevity carry on for many years to come."