Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate, Hulu Partner on 'Joshy'

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate, Hulu Partner on 'Joshy'

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The deal marks the arrival on the acquisitions scene of another major digital force after well-documented seismic forays by Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Insiders had been predicting for some time that the streaming service known primarily for TV would make a move into film acquisition.

Hulu has a non-exclusive deal with Epix and announced an exclusive documentary output partnership with IFC in Park City, however this marks the first time it has acquired a feature, rather than merely licensed streaming rights.

Hulu, which has brought on more staffof late and expanded its headquarters in Santa Monica's so-called Silicon Beach, will stream Joshy exclusively after the theatrical run on Lionsgate's specialty label Lionsgate Premiere.

Joshy premiered in Park City in the US Dramatic Competition strand and the ensemble cast includes Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman, and Jenny Slate.

Lisa Edelstein, Lauren Weedman, Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Paul Reiser also star in the male bonding comedy. …

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