Hulu Lands 'Tyrant,' 'The Strain,' More FX Series
The deal also gives Hulu exclusive SVOD rights to upcoming Fox series 'Wayward Pines'
Hulu is becoming the exclusive home to a number of FX series thanks to a large pact with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.
Under the multi-year agreement, Hulu will have subscription video on demand rights to new and upcoming FX Networks series produced or co-produced by FX Productions. That means FX and FXX titles including drama Tyrant, horror series The Strain, comedy Married, and dark rom-com You're the Worst will become available exclusively on Hulu's Plus subscription service ahead of their second season premieres. Hulu also has exclusive SVOD rights to subsequent seasons.
Hulu will not have the rights to FX critically beloved The Americans — Amazon struck a deal for the spy drama in February — but the streamer calls the pact a "landmark" deal because it gives them exclusive rights to future FX Networks series. Those include Jay Baruchel comedy Man Seeking Woman, which premieres Jan. 14 on FX; The Comedians starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, which premieres in spring 2015; and Baskets starring Zach Galifianakis from producers Louis C.K. and Galifianakis.
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“FX Productions shares the same commitment to creating and distributing distinctive, high quality programming that we do here at Hulu," said Hulu head of content Craig Erwich. "We are thrilled to begin this partnership, which will add a wide variety of popular series, and fresh, yet-to-air series to our ever expanding roster of great content."
In addition to FX Networks original series, Hulu will exclusively stream Fox event series Wayward Pines. The series, which comes from executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan, will premier May 14 and stars Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo.
The deal also gives Hulu non-exclusive past seasons of series including Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story.
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Hulu and FX Networks will launch an extensive co-marketing campaign that will provide Hulu with promotion across FX, FXX and FXM. Hulu, in return, will provide FX Networks with on- and off-site branding.
Gina Brogi, executive vp of worldwide pay TV and SVOD at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, says the deal will "not only expand the audience reach for much of the terrific FX and FXX programming, but does so in a way that represents how traditional TV and emerging platforms, such as Hulu, can work together and leverage their respective strengths, to satisfy the ever changing viewing habits of the audience."
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf has been a vocal detractor of Netflix and some of its practices, including not releasing ratings for its original shows.
Hulu's growing library of licensed content comes as the streamer continues to build up its slate of originals, including J.J. Abrams event series 11/22/63, Jason Reitman comedy Casual and Billy Eichner comedy Difficult People.