Hulu signs output deal with Annapurna Pictures

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Hulu has signed an output licensing agreement with Annapurna Pictures that gives it pay one window streaming rights to the company’s films.

Future films released by Annapurna Pictures will stream exclusively on Hulu following their theatrical release. The deal marks the biggest film output licensing agreement for Hulu, as well as the first-of-its-kind agreement for Annapurna Pictures.

The deal kicks off with Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Project, which releases theatrically on August 4, 2017. It will be followed by an adaptation of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, to be directed by Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett.

Founded by Megan Ellison, Annapurna Pictures has produced and distributed films such as Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle, Foxcatcher, Her and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.

“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 Hulu senior vice president and head of content, Craig Erwich.

Hulu has also signed multi-year, pay one window output agreements with independent distributors including IFC Films for documentaries and Magnolia Pictures. The streaming platform also recently set deals with Epix and Walt Disney Studios.