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Hulu and Magnolia Pictures Deal to Add Theatrical and Independent Films, Documentaries and Foreign Titles


Hulu and Magnolia Pictures announced a new output licensing agreement that will grant Hulu the pay one window streaming rights to films released by the major film distributor. The deal reinforces Hulu’s continued efforts to double down on film programming and will bring new titles to the streaming service later this year.

Through the new deal, the films will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu following their theatrical run. Future releases will begin streaming on Hulu in the later half of 2017.

With its history of releasing popular and critically-acclaimed independent films and documentaries, Magnolia Pictures has garnered a long list of accolades for its culturally impactful titles. Over the past few years, Magnolia has released documentaries including the Academy Award-winning Man on Wire, Food, Inc., Jiro Dreams of Sushi, The Queen of Versailles and Blackfish; as well as acclaimed foreign films such as Force Majeure and recent Oscar-nominees A Royal Affair and A War. The distributor is also known for audience favorites including Melancholia, Let the Right One In, 13 Assassins, Tangerine and Viva.

“As we continue investing in the most valued and sought-after content, films are essential to that mix,” said Craig Erwich, SVP and Head of Content, Hulu. “Magnolia Pictures continuously releases thought-provoking and award winning titles that we know our viewers will love.”

“We are very proud and excited to have struck such a meaningful partnership with a great company like Hulu,” said Eamonn Bowles, President of Magnolia Pictures. “We look forward to the continued mutual growth of our companies.”

Titles from Magnolia Pictures join Hulu’s growing list of films including theatrical film licensing agreements with Disney Studios, EPIX and a pay one licensing deal with IFC Films for documentaries.


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