Hulu and Annapurna Pictures today announced a huge output licensing agreement that will grant Hulu the pay-one window streaming rights to films released by the film producer and distributor. This is Hulu’s largest output deal for film to date as well as the first-of-its-kind agreement for Annapurna Pictures.
Under the new agreement, all of Annapurna’s future films will be streamed exclusively on Hulu after their theatrical release. First up to the plate, coming to the platform on August 4, 2017, is the highly anticipated “Untitled Detroit Project,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
“We are thrilled to have found a forward-thinking partner and home for Annapurna’s films in Hulu,” said Annapurna President of Distribution Erik Lomis. “[We] are excited that the work of our filmmakers will be available and easily accessible for audiences on this amazing platform.”
Annapurna Pictures is the production company behind well known films such as “Zero Dark Thirty,” “American Hustle,” “Her,” and “Sausage Party.” To date, the company’s films have amassed thirty-two Academy Award nominations.
“Annapurna Pictures has developed a well-known reputation of delivering standout, award winning films year after year. These are exactly the types of titles we look for to expand our film offering, and we are confident that our viewers will love watching their future slate of releases on Hulu,” said Craig Erwich, SVP and Head of Content at Hulu.
The new deal follows a string of multi-year, pay one window output agreements with independent distributors including IFC Films for documentaries and Magnolia Pictures. In addition, Hulu has recently set deals with EPIX and The Walt Disney Studios.