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Lionsgate and Hulu Team Up for Sundance Comedy ‘Joshy’

Lionsgate and Hulu Team Up for Sundance Comedy 'Joshy'

In another evolution of the theatrical/streaming rights acquisition model, Lionsgate and Hulu announced a deal to distribute Jeff Baena’s 2016 Sundance title “Joshy.”

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The story of the title character’s (Thomas Middleditch) weekend retreat with friends following his relationship’s tragic end, “Joshy” was part of the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition. It’s the second atypical release for Baena, following the A24/DirecTV team-up on his debut film, “Life After Beth.”

“Joshy” features a variety of notable talent from both the comedy and independent film world, including Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Adam Pally, Brett Gelman and Alex Ross Perry. The announcement did specify that the film would be available on Hulu following — not concurrent with — the film’s theatrical run.

Even though the official end of Sundance was a month ago, this continues the string of digital rights acquisitions among streaming giants in the wake of the festival. Today’s news comes less than a week after Netflix announced exclusive global steaming rights to opening night film “Other People,” starring Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon. 

Lionsgate, which will release the film under their Lionsgate Premiere label, did not specify a theatrical release date. 

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