New Hulu Original Takes You ‘Behind the Mask’ of Sports Mascots
Announced during its Newfront event in late April, Hulu is debuting a new documentary series today called “Behind the Mask,” which tells the story of four sports mascots at the high school, college, amateur, and professional levels.
The mascots (and men behind those masks) featured during the first season include Bango, an NBA mascot for the Milwaukee Bucks; Tux, a minor-league hockey mascot for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins; Hey Reb, a college mascot at UNLV; and Rooty the Cedar Tree of Lebanon High School. The series will show the trials and tribulations of each individual — whether it’s rooting for a high school that never wins or the pressure of trying to entertain over 20,000 basketball-obsessed fans, and everything in between.
Created, written, and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum, the first season of “Behind the Mask” encompasses 10 half-hour episodes, available on Hulu and Hulu Plus. The show premieres today with the first three episodes, with future episodes rolling out on a weekly basis through December 17.
The show is produced by Occupant Entertainment in association with Hulu. Executive producers include Greenbaum as well as Occupant’s Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter. Richard Naing and Kate Sharp, also from Occupant Entertainment, share co-executive producer credits.