Inks Deal with Hulu In Japan to Stream Popular, Critically-Acclaimed Films From Renowned Library
SANTA MONICA, CA – September 28, 2011 – Miramax today announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement to bring a broad array of its critically-acclaimed films to Hulu subscribers in Japan.
Beginning immediately, Hulu subscribers in Japan will be able to instantly watch a wide variety of Miramax movies on multiple platforms, including Internet-connected living room devices such as TVs, Blu-ray players, and gaming consoles — in addition to PCs, tablets and smartphones. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
“We are pleased to partner with Hulu in Japan, which has built a compelling platform in a market we are very focused on,” said Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax. “We look forward to making our terrific movies available to many more television and digital platforms in Japan, as well as other markets throughout Asia, as the audience continues to expand exponentially and new platforms continue to proliferate.”
Films from the Miramax library that will be available to Hulu subscribers in Japan include Chocolat, The English Patient, From Dusk Till Dawn, Gone Baby Gone, Good Will Hunting, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Swingers, There Will Be Blood, Scream and Spy Kids.
In June, Hulu and Miramax announced a ground-breaking deal for hundreds of Miramax films to stream on the Hulu Plus subscription service and for select Miramax films to stream via the ad-supported Hulu service in the U.S.
Earlier this month, Miramax also announced a multi-year international agreement with another digital platform to stream hundreds of its titles in Latin America, reaching territories including Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. In August, Miramax titles also became available both in the U.S. and internationally (U.K. and Turkey) through Miramax’s new Facebook App, with plans to add more territories in the future.
Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures. Miramax sells directly and licenses its titles globally through strategic partnerships with Lionsgate, Studiocanal and most recently Netflix, Hulu and Facebook. The company has two new releases this summer: The Debt, starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, and the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. The Miramax library holds some of the world’s most original and acclaimed independent films including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare In Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, No Country for Old Men, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Life is Beautiful, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot — as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bad Santa, and the Scream, Hellraiser, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award nominations and 68 Oscars, including four Best Picture Awards. Miramax is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. For more information, please visit www.miramax.com, like the company on www.facebook.com/miramax or follow Miramax on Twitter @Miramax.