Miramax Strikes Deal With Hulu to Offer Its Movies in Japan

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The pact, which begins immediately, includes such movies as "Chocolat," "The English Patient," "Good Will Hunting," "Pulp Fiction" and "Spy Kids."

Miramax, which has been busy setting up digital distribution deals around the world, has signed a multiyear agreement to bring a broad array of its films to Hulu subscribers in Japan.

Beginning immediately, Japan's Hulu viewers will be able to watch a wide variety of such Miramax movies as Chocolat, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction and Spy Kids on multiple platforms, including Internet-connected living room devices such as TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles as well as PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.   

“We are pleased to partner with Hulu in Japan, which has built a compelling platform in a market we are very focused on,” Miramax CEO Mike Lang said. “We look forward to making our terrific movies available to many more television and digital platforms in Japan, as well as other markets throughout Asia, as the audience continues to expand exponentially and new platforms continue to proliferate.”  

In June, Hulu and Miramax announced a deal for hundreds of Miramax films to stream on the Hulu Plus subscription service and for select Miramax films to stream via the ad-supported Hulu service in the U.S.

Earlier this month, Miramax also announced a multiyear international agreement with Netflix to stream titles in Latin America, reaching territories including Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.  In August, Miramax titles also became available both in the U.S. and internationally in the U.K. and Turkey through Miramax’s new Facebook App.