Hulu and Magnolia Pictures announced a new output licensing agreement, one that give Hulu the pay-one window streaming rights to films released by the film distributor. Films have become a driving force on Hulu over the last few months, with classic Disney titles and other new-releases quickly becoming available on the service.
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.
Magnolia Pictures has been a long-standing supplier of independent films and documentaries. 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 the doc “Blackfish” which nearly collapsed all of SeaWorld. The studio has also released 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.