Hulu and IFC Films strike deal over documentaries

Brittany A. Roston - Jan 27, 2016, 5:30 pm CST
Hulu and IFC Films strike deal over documentaries

Hulu is ramping up its documentaries game through a new partnership with IFC Films. Under this business deal, Hulu has scored the streaming rights to IFC documentary releases, including IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects documentaries. This comes at a time when Netflix has stepped up its own documentary efforts, and has seen ample success with “How to Make a Murderer.”

The deal between the two companies brings some big name and anticipated documentaries, including City of Gold, a documentary about Jonathon Gold, King Georges, which will first be released in theaters next month, and “Weiner,” a documentary concerning the scandal around the politician Anthony Weiner.

The deal is for IFC Films/Midnight and Sundance documentaries released in the future, and will allow for streaming after they’re released in theaters. This is described as a multi-year agreement, and is the first time IFC’s documentaries will be made available on Hulu soon after their VOD and theatrical releases.

The various IFC and Sundance properties mentioned above are owned by AMC Networks, meaning this is ultimately an expansion of Hulu’s partnership with AMC. Under that deal, which was previously announced, Hulu scored the streaming rights to some big deal series, including the follow up series to TWD called “Fear the Walking Dead.”

SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

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