Hulu Nabs Streaming Rights to 'He Named Me Malala'
The company also has acquired its first film, Sundance comedy 'Joshy.'
Hulu is continuing to bulk up its film library, this time with documentary He Named Me Malala.
The streamer has inked a deal with National Geographic Channel to become the exclusive subscription-video home for the film from Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth).
The documentary, which offers an intimate look at the life of Malala Yousafzai, will become available on Hulu this summer after its TV premiere on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Mundo.
Yousafzai, an outspoken advocate for girls' education in Pakistan from an early age, was shot by the Taliban at the age of 15, sparking an outcry around the world. Since recovering from the attack, she has become the co-founder of The Malala Fund and was named a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
He Named Me Malala was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures last fall, in association with Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media, with National Geographic Channel. The film was produced by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Guggenheim. Executive producers are Mohamed Al Mubarak and Michael Garin from Imagenation Abu Dhabi, Jeff Skoll from Participant Media and Shannon Dill.
This is the latest example of Hulu placing a larger focus on film acquisitions. The company inked a multiyear deal with Epix last summer after the cable net's deal with Netflix ended. Hulu also recently announced its acquisition of Sundance film Joshy, a comedy starring Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Jenny Slate and others, with Lionsgate.