Hulu To Debut Original Content
For starters, Hulu plans to debut six episodes of “The Wrong Mans” by early November. Co-produced by the BBC, the show follows two low-level office workers who get caught up in a deadly criminal conspiracy.
Following Netflix’s lead, meanwhile, Hulu also said it plans to facilitate “content binging” by providing all episodes of original series at once to paying subscribers.
By the end of the year, Hulu expects to have launched about 20 titles, including shows like “The Awesomes” — expected to debut this week — “Quick Draw” — set to be drawn next week — and “Behind the Mask” — slated for release by late October.
Within two years, Hulu will have upwards of 40 titles to its name, Andy Forssell, acting chief executive officer, said on Wednesday. “You can expect to see our number of first-run titles double in the next couple of years,” Forssell said.
This year, Hulu also plans to stream several new exclusive shows, including “Run,” a four-part drama about inner city life; “Fugget About It,” an animated sitcom about the misadventures of former mob boss Jimmy Falcone; and “The Strange Calls,” about bizarre late-night phone calls in a place where people turn to chickens and mermen go to the school dance.
Hulu is owned by Walt Disney’s ABC, 21st Century Fox’s Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal. The 5-year-old venture offers content from the owners — both with a free and paid offering — and has more recently been expanding into original content.
The owners reported that Hulu has 30 million-plus monthly unique visitors, and posted $690 million in revenue last year.