Hulu Nabs Exclusive SVOD Rights to a Lot of FX Shows

/ Dec 18, 2014

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Hulu is remaining aggressive on the content front by locking up exclusive SVOD rights to shows from the FX family of networks.

Per the multi-year deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Hulu Plus will be the exclusive home to new and upcoming FX and FXX comedy, drama, and mini-series produced or co-produced by FX Productions. These include relatively new shows like “Tyrant,” “The Strain,” “Married,” and “You’re the Worst” — all of which debuted in 2014, and will be made available on Hulu Plus ahead of their second season premieres.

Future shows from FX Networks will also come to Hulu Plus, including: “Man Seeking Woman,” a comedy series starring Jay Baruchel; “Comedians,” a comedy series starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad; “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” starring Denis Leary and John Corbett; “Taboo,” a period drama starring Tom Hardy and executive produced by Ridley Scott; and “baskets,” a comedy series starring Zach Galifianakis and produced by Louis CK and Galifianakis.

That’s not all, though. Hulu has also nabbed exclusive subscription streaming rights to Fox’s upcoming event series “Wayward Pines,” which stars Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo, and is directed and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan.

While Hulu has bought all of this exclusivity, current seasons of FX Networks shows will still be available on the FX Now TV Everywhere app, the companies said.

The two companies have also agreed to a new co-marketing arrangement, under which FX Networks will promote Hulu across FX, FXX, and FXM, while Hulu will provide FX Networks on- and off-site branding in an effort to make sure people know these are FX shows.

Hulu’s pact with FX follows similar, sweeping licensing deals it secured with Discovery Communications and Disney/ABC Television Group earlier this fall.

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