Hulu has acquired the exclusive domestic streaming rights for three titles from AwesomenessTV — a 10-episode horror series “Freakish,” which will have it’s first window run on Hulu later this year, and two titles from Awesomeness Films — Tyler Oakley’s documentary “Snervous” and mockumentary “Janoskians: Untold and Untrue.”
AwesomenessTV also announced it has attached digital-famous stars Meghan Rienks (“Oscar’s Hotel”) and Chachi Gonzales as well as “The Walking Dead” actors Tyler Chase and Chad L. Coleman, “Dancing with the Stars’” Hayes Grier and Leo Howard (“Conan The Barbarian”).
Created and written by Beth Szymkowski (“The Runaways”), “Freakish” seems freakishly similar to a mashup between 90’s thrillers “The Faculty” and “The Hills Have Eyes.” According to the release, the series follows a group of high school students who “must fight for survival when a predatory mutant freaks take over after a meltdown at the local chemical plant.” The series is currently in production and set for release later this year. Brian Robbins, Shelley Zimmerman, Beth Szymkowski, Matt Lewis, Chris Grismer, are executive producers the project. Grismer is also attached to direct.
“Our Gen Z audience craves binge-worthy, on-demand entertainment, which is why we’re excited to be in business with Hulu,” said Zimmerman, who also serves as head of scripted series for AwesomenessTV. “Brian Robbins and I have had a longstanding relationship with Craig Erwich, and we look forward to collaborating with him and his team to bring ‘Freakish’ to Hulu.”
“Snervous” premiered in December 2015 in theaters and digitally through streaming platforms including Amazon. It was also released in France earlier this year. The feature length documentary recounts the life of YouTube star Tyler Oakley. In a similar fashion, “Janoskians: Untold and Untrue” is an uncensored mockumentary and concert that exposes the lives of Australian comedy group “The Janoskians.” The film was originally released in August 2015.
Over the last year, Hulu has been expanding it’s teen programming, first with a behind-the-scenes reality series from Freddie Wong’s RocketJump Films, aptly titled “RocketJump: The Show,” and followed by his first long-form project “Dimension 404,” which is currently in production with Lionsgate.