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Time Warner Purchases 10% Stake In Hulu For $583 Million, Will Join Its Live TV Service

3 August 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Global media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. has purchased a 10% stake in streaming TV service Hulu, the companies announced this morning. The $583 million deal values nine-year-old Hulu -- which is jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, and Comcast -- at $5.8 billion, according to The New York Times.

As part of the deal, Time Warner’s Turner division -- which comprises the cable networks TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim -- will be part of Hulu’s forthcoming live TV streaming offer launching early next year. Announced by Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins at the NewFronts, the so-called skinny bundle of channels will reportedly cost $40 per month.

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- Geoff Weiss

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How a Studio Suit Can Transform to Tech Titan: Experts Offer Tips on How to Fit In

19 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Some of entertainment's finest have pivoted to tech, from former Fox Networks exec and current Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins to indie powerhouses Ted Hope and Bob Berney, both now of Amazon. For those contemplating the move from Hollywood to Silicon Valley (or Beach or Alley), experts advise tweaking dress, communication and dealmaking styles. »

- Sharon Swart

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Mindy Kaling & Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins On ‘The Mindy Project’s Brand Integration & Maybe A Live Episode? – Cannes Lions

23 June 2016 11:13 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With The Mindy Project recently renewed for Season 5 by Hulu, the show's creator Mindy Kaling sat down with the streaming service's CEO Mike Hopkins at the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival this morning. Widely known as a week-long advertising event, Lions has expanded this year with a two-day focus on entertainment. Kaling and Hopkins touched on brand integration and her upcoming projects as well as Hulu's move into live TV. That, Hopkins said, will include a mix of… »

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Skinny Bundles at Hulu, YouTube? Fat Chance (Opinion)

4 May 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

First it was Hulu, now it’s YouTube: Everyone wants in on the skinny-bundle business.

And it’s not going to happen. At least not in the way you might assume.

Just hours after Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed from the stage of his company’s Newfront presentation Wednesday that he wants to get into live TV next year, a Bloomberg report suggested YouTube is headed down a similar path.

With YouTube just a day away from its own Newfront event, it’s counterintuitive during a period in which tech companies are all talking up how they are innovating video entertainment that some are evidently pursuing the ancient practice of bundling together linear TV networks. Talk about going back to the future.

The rationale is understandable: companies like Dish and Sony are already in the market trying to undercut the traditional pay-tv business at a lower price point.

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- Andrew Wallenstein

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Hulu Wants Local Broadcast Channels for Skinny TV Bundle (Exclusive)

4 May 2016 12:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hulu is gearing up to spend a bundle on trying to expand its business into live television — and part of the Herculean task it has set out to accomplish involves cutting deals for local TV channels in markets across the U.S.

The company, which has been actively working on the project for about six months, is in talks with ABC, Fox and NBC — which are owned by Hulu’s parents — as well as CBS and cable networks about carrying their live networks in a relatively low-cost, over-the-top package.

“The marketplace is right for this now,” CEO Mike Hopkins said in an interview. “Across the board, there’s a desire among TV networks to connect with people who have fallen out of love with television.” He announced Hulu’s plans to launch a live-tv service in 2017 at Hulu’s upfront presentation Wednesday.

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- Todd Spangler

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Hulu Confirms Skinny Bundle Of Live TV Channels, Says It’s Poised To Hit 12 Million Subscribers

4 May 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

During its star-studded NewFronts presentation at Madison Square Garden this morning, Hulu said it was on the verge of hitting 12 million total subscribers -- roughly a quarter of Netflix’s 46 million subscribers stateside.

At the same time, CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed reports that Hulu would make a bundle of cable and broadcast channels available early next year for real-time viewing via an as-yet-unnamed service reported to cost $40 per month. This means that, in addition to the reruns it currently offers, Hulu will stream a skinny bundle of channels -- likely featuring those operated by its owners, 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, and Comcast.

Unlike traditional TV, however, Hopkins describes the forthcoming service as more “intuitive” and “personalized.”

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- Geoff Weiss

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Hulu Confirms Skinny Bundle & Live Nation Concert Deal – Newfront

4 May 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins this morning confirmed plans to offer a “skinny bundle” of offerings that will include real-time delivery of broadcast and pay TV network channels that won’t require a cable connection. The service will be offered sometime in the next year; no price was mentioned, but reports have pegged the fee at $40 per month. With Hulu owners Disney and Fox, along with silent partner Comcast, the prospects look good for a major upgrade for cord-cutters resulting… »

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Hulu Confirms Plans for Live Channels

4 May 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins has confirmed the on-demand streaming service will morph into one that directly competes with traditional TV by adding live channels. “We’re going to fuse the best of live TV and on-demand,” Hopkins said Wednesday at its NewFronts presentation to an audience of marketers in New York. Earlier this week, news leaked that Hulu was working with networks at its parent companies — Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal — on such a service, which would add feeds of live broadcast and cable TV channels to its current Netflix-like catalog of video-on-demand shows and movies. Also Read: NBCUniversal in. »

- Joan E. Solsman

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Hulu Taps Fox PR Executive Gaude Paez As Head Of Corporate Communications

4 April 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Hulu has named Gaude Paez as VP and Head of Corporate Communications. Paez comes from Fox Broadcast Co., whose parent 21st Century Fox co-owns Hulu. There she most recently served as Svp Corporate Communications and Digital Publicity. Paez begins her new job today, based at Hulu’s headquarters in Santa Monica and reporting to Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins. Barrie Gruner will continue to oversee PR for Hulu’s original series and acquisitions, along with Talent Relations and… »

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Hulu Hires Fox’s Gaude Paez as Head of Communications

4 April 2016 8:37 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Video-streaming site Hulu hired Fox exec Gaude Paez as its head of corporate communications on Monday. Paez will report directly to Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, leading external communications strategies in support of the company’s brand, market position, vision and overall business growth, the company said. Paez will also gain the title of vice president. She most recently served as Fox Broadcasting Company’s senior VP of corporate communications and digital publicity. Also Read: Hulu (Finally) Launches Virtual-Reality App Hulu is part-owned by 21st Century Fox, alongside Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Disney’s ABC. Hopkins himself is a Fox vet, »

- Joan E. Solsman

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