Hulu and IFC Films have closed a groundbreaking output deal that will make the streaming service the exclusive home for all future documentary releases under IFC Films, which will also include all films released under the Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight banners. The multi-year agreement marks the first time these documentary films will be available on Hulu within the first window following their initial release in theaters and On Demand. Future IFC Films documentaries will be available to stream through Hulu’s No Commercials and Limited Commercial subscription plans.
The first documentary feature to hit Hulu under this new deal will be Erika Frankel's "King Georges," which follows Georges Perrier, the 67-year-old owner of one of the finest French restaurants in the country, as he prepares to sell the restaurant after more than four decades in business. The doc will premiere in theaters and On Demand on February 26 and then jump to Hulu this fall. "City of Gold," a doc that follows Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, will also become exclusive to Hulu following its theatrical release on March 11.
The deal will also bring the recently-acquired Sundance Selects documentary "Weiner," about Anthony Weiner and his failed New York City mayoral campaign, to Hulu following its linear run on Showtime. The film earned critical acclaim at its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week.
"We are so excited to announce this groundbreaking first window partnership with Hulu," said Lisa Schwartz, Executive Vice President, Distribution, Operations and Business Development, in an official statement. "IFC Films and Sundance Selects take great pride in the quality of the documentaries that we acquire and release every year and we are thrilled to have Hulu as a destination for them. Hulu is the ideal partner for first window exhibition and will provide a terrific opportunity in promoting each films’ theatrical release."
The deal also grants Hulu the streaming rights to debut future trailers for all IFC Films documentaries.