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RocketJump co-creator Freddie Wong has signed a deal to bring the digital studio’s next series to Hulu.
The streamer has greenlit eight episodes of an untitled hour-hour series that will chronicle the filmmaking behind a RocketJump short. The series and the shorts featured in the episodes will premiere exclusively on Hulu. RocketJump will produce the series alongside Lionsgate Television.
“As we continue to add the best talent to Hulu, it was a natural choice for us to partner with Freddie Wong and RocketJump,” said Hulu originals head Beatrice Springborn. “With so many great content creators in the media landscape — from film, to television, to YouTube — Freddie Wong and the RocketJump team undoubtedly bring their own brand of creativity and a new wave of talent to Hulu.”
In a bold move for Wong, this is the first series that RocketJump will premiere off YouTube.
“We firmly believe the future of television is online, and Hulu has recognized the value of quality long-form series,” Wong said. “We’re incredibly excited to bring our brand of over-the-top action and comedy to a new audience in a show that will change the way you look at independent filmmaking.”
Wong, a video gamer and early YouTube creator known for his effects-heavy style, began posting videos to YouTube in 2006 on the FreddieW channel and quickly built an audience. In 2011 he formed production company RocketJump with Matt Arnold.
Their first big project was Video Game High School, a web series about a school where video gaming is a popular competitive sport. The series, which debuted its third (and final) season on YouTube last fall, has gained a large following. RocketJump’s channel currently boasts more than 7 million subscribers and each of the six episodes in the final VGHS season, which bowed in November, have more than 2 million YouTube views.
RocketJump, which is signed with YouTube network Collective Digital Studio, pacted with Lionsgate in April last year to create film, TV and digital content.
Wong has become a de-facto ambassador for YouTube over the years and VGHS has been touted as a YouTube success story. The series even filmed many of its scenes at YouTube Space LA in Playa Vista over the years, and YouTube promoted the third season last fall in print, digital and TV ads as part of its new marketing push.
RocketJump’s move off YouTube comes as the online video giant is working to launch an original content initiative that would fund top creators to produce ambitious projects in the vein of VGHS. YouTube, meanwhile, is facing pressure from flashy upstarts such as Vessel, the curated subscription service from ex-Hulu boss Jason Kilar that has signed a group of creators to give their content a three-day exclusive premiere on the platform before posting to YouTube.
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