MIPTV: Hulu Takes 'Book of Negroes' from eOne

Book of Negroes - H 2015
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BET's award-winning miniseries, based on the novel by Lawrence Hill, stars Aunjanue Ellis and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Hulu has snatched up exclusive U.S. streaming rights to BET's award-winning miniseries The Book of Negroes from Entertainment One.

The epic series, based on Lawrence Hill's best-selling novel, tells the story of an African woman, played by Aunjanue Ellis, who is kidnapped by slave traders and brought to South Carolina but fights her way to freedom. Louis Gossett Jr., Lyriq Bent, Shailyn Pierre-Dixon and American Crime Story's Cuba Gooding Jr. also star.

The Canadian-South African co-production launched to a total of 8.2 million viewers on BET last year, and an equally impressive 1.9 million on Canadian broadcaster CBC. The series has been showered with awards, including the NAACP honor for outstanding writing in a motion picture and a slew of Canadian Screen awards, including for best TV movie or limited series, acting honors for Ellis, Bent and Pierre-Dixon and best direction in a dramatic program or limited series for director Clement Virgo (The Wire).

Hill and Virgo co-wrote the script to Book of Negroes. The series also features Jane Alexander, Ben Chaplin and Allan Hawco.

Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, eOne and Idlewild Films produced the series eOne is selling worldwide. The Hulu deal was brokered by eOne's Joey Sabella, head of U.S. and Latin American sales.