Hulu and CNN Strike Deal for Original Films and Series


In its ongoing quest to bring top-notch original content to its streaming service, Hulu has struck a new deal with one of the biggest names in cable, and it’s not one you might expect: CNN. According to a CNN press release, the cable news giant will distribute six original series and two original films on the streaming giant.

The two CNN-produced films coming to Hulu will be The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House, which documents the conclusion of President Barack Obama’s presidency, and 9/11: Fifteen Years Later which explores the long-term aftermath of the deadliest terror attack on American soil and includes rare footage from Ground Zero.

The series CNN will bring to Hulu are Race for the White House produced by Kevin Spacey; The History of Comedy; two seasons of “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell“; three seasons of The Hunt with John Walsh; three seasons of This is Life with Lisa Ling“; the first season of Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies; and the first season of Crimes of the Century. Most of the series and films will appear throughout the summer, except for The History of Comedy which will debut on Hulu sometime later in the year.

Amy Entelis, executive vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, stated that the agreement makes sense for both companies, as their strategic aims align when it comes to content distribution:

Our goal for these content brands was to bring the strong, journalistic sensibility of CNN to premium nonfiction content. So, we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Hulu, which values that high-quality content proposition as well.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that CNN’s parent company Time-Warner recently bought up a 10% stake in Hulu. That same deal enabled Time-Warner to bring HBO and Cinemax programming to Hulu as well, just in time for the Game of Thrones premiere later this month.