Hulu Tells TV Studios: Give Disney a Stake in Shows [The Information]

Disney might be set to gain even more control over Hulu: AT&T said it is considering selling WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in the streaming venture

Hulu Tells TV Studios: Give Disney a Stake in Shows [The Information]

By Beejoli Shah and Jessica Toonkel

June 21, 2019 | In a sign of how Hulu’s programming decisions have shifted since Disney took control of the streaming service, Hulu executives have begun telling outside studios that Disney will likely have partial ownership in most shows Hulu buys, according to multiple studio executives and Hollywood agents.

In recent weeks, Hulu executives have told outside studios that in the future most of Hulu’s shows will have to originate from Disney-owned studios. But in cases where an outside studio wants to sell a show to the service, Hulu is likely to ask that one of Disney’s studios—most likely either ABC Studios or its recently acquired 20th Century Fox Television unit—be a co-producer, Hulu executives have told outside firms.

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