Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hulu Inks Viacom Licensing Deal, Lands Streaming Rights to 11 Nickelodeon Shows And More Than 20 Nick Movies [Updated]

Hulu and Viacom, which have had previous deals for shows including South Park, announced a comprehensive new agreement to bring hundreds of series episodes and 20-plus films to the streaming service, including exclusive streaming access to the full libraries of series including MTV’s Daria and My Super Sweet 16, Comedy Central’s Nathan for You, and BET’s The New Edition Story!

Under the new agreement with Viacom, Hulu is now the exclusive subscription-streaming home to all five seasons of Daria, originally a spin-off of Beavis and Butt-Head. Previously, Daria was available on Amazon Prime Video. The deal comes four days after MTV announced that it would relaunch MTV Studios with plans to reboot some of its classic hits, including Daria and The Real World. The new Daria series, Daria and Jodie, comes from writer Grace Edwards and will be told through the eyes of Daria Morgendorrfer and one of her closest friends. Daria originally aired on MTV from 1997-2002.

The deal also brings 11 series and more than 20 films from Nickelodeon to Hulu. Viacom-owned titles now available to stream on Hulu include Harvey Beaks, Big Time Rush, School of Rock, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Hunter Street, Make It Pop, Every Witch Way and WITS Academy.

Also returning to Hulu will be Nickelodeon series Alvinnnn!!! and the Chipmunks, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Penguins of Madagascar. More series and films from Nickelodeon will continue to roll out throughout the year.

As of this writing, the Nickelodeon programming currently available to watch on Hulu is:

TV Shows:

- ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks (52 episodes)

- Bella and the Bulldogs (39 episodes)

- Big Time Rush (69 episodes)

- Breadwinners (40 episodes)

- Danny Phantom (49 episodes)

- Doug (52 episodes)

- Drake & Josh (47 episodes)

- Every Witch Way (80 episodes)

- Harvey Beaks (52 episodes)

- Hey Arnold! (99 episodes)

- Hunter Street (40 episodes)

- Invader ZIM (27 episodes)

- Jimmy Neutron (54 episodes)

- Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (51 episodes)

- Make It Pop (42 episodes)

- My Life as a Teenage Robot (39 episodes)

- Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (68 episodes)

- The Penguins of Madagascar (64 episodes)

- Planet Sheen (26 episodes)

- Rabbids Invasion (78 episodes)

- Rugrats (166 episodes)

- Sanjay and Craig (60 episodes)

- School of Rock (45 episodes)

- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (120 episodes)

- The Thundermans (69 episodes)

- T.U.F.F. Puppy (60 episodes)

- WITS Academy (19 episodes)

TV Movies and Specials:

- 100 Things to Do Before High School (hour-long TV movie featuring the first two episodes of the series)

- Best Player

- The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

- Jinxed

- Legends of the Hidden Temple

- Liar, Liar, Vampire

- One Crazy Cruise

- Rufus

- Rufus 2

- Rugrats: Tales from the Crib: Snow White

- Rugrats: Tales from the Crib: Three Jacks and a Bean Stalk

“The new deal is part of Hulu’s commitment to expanding its library with programming for the whole family,” the company said in its official announcement. “More series and films from Nickelodeon will continue to roll out throughout the year.”

Viacom has promised to launch a stand-alone OTT service by the end of 2018, but has offered few details about it. That initiative comes as Disney is pulling its titles from Netflix in advance of launching its own direct-to-consumer service by the end of 2019.

My Super Sweet 16, which documents the birthday parties of wealthy children, originally aired from 2005-2008 on MTV. It was revived at the network in 2017.

Viacom networks will still be excluded from the Hulu With Live TV service for the time being.

Hulu has been bulking up on kids and family programming in recent months. In May, the streamer — which is jointly owned by 21st Century Fox, Disney, NBCUniversal and Time Warner — inked a multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation to become the exclusive streaming home to the studio's film library and to work with its TV division on new original series. The expansion is part of Hulu's overall growth in the streaming video marketplace through the launch of its live TV product and the growing buzz around originals like The Handmaid's Tale. The service now has more than 20 million subscribers.

However, Hulu’s strategic direction and ownership is currently hanging in the balance as Comcast and Disney battle for control of 21st Century Fox. The streaming service is currently 30%-owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal, Disney and Fox, with WarnerMedia owning the remaining 10%. Having a majority owner will likely bring changes to Hulu as it competes with Netflix and Amazon in the U.S. SVOD market.

More Nick: Nickelodeon Unveils Content Pipeline Of More Than 800 New Episodes, Details Expansion Into Location-Based And VR Experiences | Nick Upfront 2018!

Originally published: Monday, June 25, 2018.

Sources: Variety, Deadline, Broadcasting & Cable, The Hollywood Reporter, ToonZone Forums PinkiePie97, Nickandmore!.
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