By Sahil Patel
On the heels of exclusively licensing a lot of shows produced by FX for FX, Hulu has now also nabbed the biggest show the cable network has — “Fargo.”
Thanks to an expanded streaming deal with MGM Television, which produces and distributes “Fargo,” Hulu now claims exclusive streaming rights to “Fargo.” All episodes of the first season of the Emmy-winning mini-series, which is based on the critically acclaimed film of the same name, will be available on Hulu in 2015.
Created by Noah Hawley and executive produced by the Coen brothers, “Fargo” follows an anthology format where every season of the show tells a self-contained story about a group of people in a small town. The acclaimed first season featured an all-star cast including Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, and Colin Hanks, and won the best mini-series prize at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards.
MGM Television produces “Fargo” in partnership with FX Productions, though remains the lead studio and worldwide distributor for the show.
While “Fargo” is the centerpiece of this new deal, it also covers other current and classic series from MGM Television, including History’s hit scripted drama “Vikings.”
Overall, the expanded SVOD agreement includes multi-year, non-exclusive licensing rights to more than 1,500 episodes of classic MGM series, including the “Stargate” franchise of shows, “Addams Family,” and “Outer Limits.”