Hulu announced Wednesday that is has secured a deal with IFC Films that will give the streaming service early subscription-video-on-demand access to a number of documentary films in its portfolio, including Sundance title “Weiner.”
The pact with IFC stands as the first time Hulu -- owned by Disney, NBCUniversal and 21st Century Fox -- has inked a deal for access to films after the theatrical and rental video-on-demand windows.
The multiyear agreement makes Hulu the exclusive streaming home to all documentaries from the brands IFC Films, Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The first of the films will hit the service in the fall and will include “City of Gold,” which follows Los Angeles Times’ food critic Jonathan Gold on his culinary tour of Los Angeles, and “King Georges,” which chronicles French restaurateur Georges Perrier as he tries to sell his business after four decades.
Meanwhile, “Weiner,” which looks at politician Anthony Weiner and his plagued New York City mayoral bid following his sexting scandal, will be available on Hulu after its pay TV lap on Showtime.
Future IFC Films documentary releases arriving on Hulu will be announced at a later date.
“IFC Films and Sundance Selects take great pride in the quality of the documentaries that we acquire and release every year and we are thrilled to have Hulu as a destination for them. Hulu is the ideal partner for first window exhibition and will provide a terrific opportunity in promoting each films’ theatrical release,” said Lisa Schwartz, IFC’s executive vice president of distribution, operations and business development.
The deal is yet one more indication of how streaming players -- Hulu, Netflix and Amazon -- are now looking to disrupt the traditional movie business after finding success in television.
The union between Hulu and IFC Films further expands the streaming service’s relationship with IFC parent AMC Networks. Hulu entered a deal last year on scripted series coming from AMC Networks’ portfolio of cable channels, including AMC, SundanceTV, We TV, and the IFC cable channel.