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Hulu cuts deals with FX, MGM

The streaming service will become the exclusive SVOD home to Fargo and other new and upcoming primetime series from FX and FXX.
December 19, 2014

Hulu announced 2 exclusive streaming-rights deals this week – one with FX and another with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

The Hulu SVOD window on new series begins after the shows have completed their initial run on TV.

In a multi-year licensing deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution announced Thursday, Hulu bought the rights to a roster of FX Networks’ original series.

Upcoming shows in the Fox agreement include: Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel (premieres Jan. 14 on FXX); The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad (premieres spring 2015); Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis (premieres 2016); Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, starring Denis Leary and John Corbett (premiere TBD), and Ridley Scott’s period drama series Taboo (premiere TBD). The dates are for the TV premieres. The Hulu SVOD window begins after the shows have completed their initial run on TV.

Additionally, the first seasons of FX and FXX’s new 2014 primetime shows TyrantThe StrainMarried and You’re the Worst will become available exclusively on Hulu Plus in advance of their second-season premieres. Hulu also gains exclusive subscription streaming rights to subsequent seasons of those shows. Prior seasons of currently-airing shows will be made available on Hulu before the new season premieres.

Hulu will also gain exclusive subscription streaming rights to the upcoming 10-episode Fox series Wayward Pines, starring Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo. Executive produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, it premieres on May 14.

On Friday, Hulu announced it has also scored the exclusive streaming rights to the FX series Fargo (pictured) as part of an expansion of its relationship with the show’s producer, MGM. All episodes of Fargo‘s first season will be available on Hulu next year.

The MGM deal will also bring all episodes of the History series Vikings to Hulu, which is currently streaming seasons 1 and 2 of the show, and give it multi-year, non-exclusive licensing rights to over 1,500 episodes of shows from the MGM catalog. This includes the Stargate franchise (Stargate Universe, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1), ’60s hits FlipperGreen Acres and The Addams Family, cult favorites Thirtysomething, Dead Like Me and Outer Limits, and family titles such as All Dogs Go to Heaven.

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