Hulu will soon start ramping up its collection of documentary films. The streaming service announced today it closed a deal with IFC Films to become the "exclusive streaming home" for all future documentary releases from the studio after their theatrical release. This includes documentaries released by IFC Films, Sundance Selects, and IFC Midnight.
Lots of movies about food
The documentaries will be available on Hulu's Limited Commercial and No Commercial plans beginning this fall. The first doc to hit the service will be King Georges, a movie about Georges Perrier, owner of the high-brow French restaurant Le Bec-Fin. It will premiere in theaters on February 26th, and arrive on Hulu a few months later. The next films to arrive will be City of Gold, a documentary about food critic Jonathan Gold, and Weiner, a movie about former New York City congressman Anthony Weiner that premiered at Sundance this week. Weiner will be exclusive to Showtime (a Hulu add-on) in the 15 months after its theatrical release before it moves to Hulu exclusively.
While Amazon and Netflix are snatching up movies at Sundance, Hulu has been aggressively ramping up its own exclusive contact for a while now. Last year, Hulu signed a deal with AMC Networks to exclusively stream future shows from its family of channels, including BBC America, IFC, and Sundance TV. Hulu also became the sole streaming home for Seinfeld reruns last spring.
Update, 10:23AM ET: Updated to clarify that Showtime has the rights to Weiner for 15 months after its theatrical release.